Whether quarterback Andrew Luck actually throws behind them remains to be seen, but the Colts at least like the progress they’ve made putting together a new offensive line.
There just needs to be a mental toughness and a leadership with guys who are all in and can mentally and physically do it play in and play out, coach Frank Reich said. Those guys have proven that over their career and they’re stepping up in their leadership role and really setting the tone for us, not only as an offensive line, but really as an offense in general.
The Colts also used one of their second-rounders on guard Braden Smith, adding another high pick to the mix. It’s a promising start, and if their quarterback actually ever throws again, they should be improved.
Flacco said it was unfortunate if people think he’s holding a grudge about the team’s decision to draft Jackson and that all has been well with the rookie since they started working together. Flacco said he’s welcomed Jackson with open arms and we’re all helping each other all the time because everyone’s focus is on putting the best team on the field come the regular season.
There’s been talk of a package of plays for Jackson that would get him on the field while Flacco remains the starter. The veteran said on Thursday that he’s OK with that if it helps the team win while adding that he thinks the best way to do that involves having him under center.
Flacco also fielded questions about what the future holds for him and acknowledged the obvious by saying that drafting Jackson represents part of the team’s plans. He said he didn’t know what that plan entails, but that he’s worried about right now because nothing can be promised beyond that.
But conversely, if you believe the fourth straight Cleveland-against-Golden State NBA Finals seems somewhat new and different, you also can’t be faulted. Never in the NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL have the same two teams slugged it out in the championship round four straight years. So that’s new.