After taking a little time to google Marandino's background to get a feel for what he brings to the team, I came away impressed and hopeful he will prove to be able to reduce the size of the line limping to the injured list year after year.
While Peyton's injury proved the most devastating of all, the past several years have been maddening to see one player after another succumb to injury and miss significant playing time. Now, in fairness to John Torrine (outgoing S & C Coach) much of the blame should rightfully be laid at the feet of Tony Dungy for preferring smaller, faster players that could be acquired on the cheap to flesh out a roster that turned over significant numbers annually.
Further, the new regime of Grigson and Pagano, at least initially, would seem to favor a different scheme that leans toward bigger, stronger, tougher players. One result, hopefully, will be improved durability and ability to endure the rigors of an NFL season beginning to end. While I am no expert on this specialized coaching area, Marandino does seem to have a very good track record, and joins Grigson from the Eagles' staff where he was highly regarded after just one year there.
Anyway, I thought Marandino's hire was worth discussing and projecting its role in the transition of our Colts into a new era with different approaches and philosophies. I hope Roger and holdover assistant coach Richard Howell can bring dramatic improvements to the team's ability to keep players on the field and winning football games. Beats the Manning/Irsay drama.
Go Colts !