When you walk for the first time into Fenway Park and see the Green Monsta' as local Boston fans call it. A sense of awe hits you. You're walking into the stadium of the team where Babe Ruth started his career. And the fans go wild every time a game is played there. And towering above it all stands the Green Monsta'.
What Chuck Pagano, Ryan Grigson and Jim Irsay are building in Indianapolis is just as awe inspiring. Colts fans walk into the stadium that Peyton built, and at the end of the field stands the Big Blue Monsta' (an endzone wall filled with hundreds of fans going crazy as a Colts player jumps up into the stands after scoring a touchdown). And at the start of the game another Big Blue Monsta' jogs onto the field full of 300+ pound gorrillas ready to eat the competition alive.
What Pagano and Grigson are installing in this new Colts team is PASSION. And I love what I'm seeing. First, it was the arrival of several 300+ pound gorrillas. And now it is passion on the practice field. I know what it takes to be the best. My motto is, "To be the best, you HAVE to work harder than the rest." Talent only gets you so far. After that, the only thing that matters is the hunger and drive to win. This season, the Colts have officially taken the gloves off and are getting down and dirty. Several fights broke out during practice and Avery made a heroic diving catch, walking off limping. That's what I'm talking about! Treat every practice, every game, every workout like it means the difference between winning and losing the Super Bowl, because in all honesty it does. If you aren't the hungriest and don't work extremely hard, someone almost certainly will come along that wants it more who will beat you.
I love seeing the passion and agression this team has. As long as they don't let it turn into penalties on the field, this team is absolutely moving in the right direction. The passion is showing from the top down. Grigson relentlessly searches for talent to improve the team. Luck used nearly everything within his means to improve before he could even attend Colts practices. Pagano fires the players up like almost no other head coach. And the players are leaving nearly everything on the practice field.
There are those that say that football is dead in Indy. No, it's not. Like a phoenix it is being reborn out of the ashes, tougher, stronger and hardened by the flames. No longer will the Colts be an unbalanced team that relies solely on its passing game. No longer will it be a team whose small offensive and defensive lines get pushed around like a bunch of rag dolls. This team is built of big monsta's on the offensive and defensive lines, it's built of super speedy monsta's on the receiving squad. It's built of tough monsta's on the running game. It's a team of monsta's, ready to devour the competition. All of the years of the Peyton Manning era I longed for this kind of passion and I wondered just how many Super Bowls could Peyton and the Colts have won if they would have had a balanced team.
We're lucky Colts fans. We have the best quarterback in a long long time to hit the NFL. He has the drive, mental accuity, and athleticism to rival that of even Peyton Manning. We have a young GM that is relentless in his search for talent. And a head coach that is one of the best defensive coaches in the league that can energize his players into a frenzy. And we have veteran players like Wayne, Mathis, and Freeney that are excited to play a new system and are teaching the rookies how to be the best.
We are seeing the start of something historic. This is a team that can forever leave its mark in the NFL Hall of Fame and the hearts of Colts fans all across the world. Veterans, teach the rookies everything you know. Rookies, glean all of the help you can from the veterans. Don't be afraid to ask. Pump the passion up Colts players and Colts fans. Blow the roof off the building. Build the MONSTA!!!!!