I used the "farting sparks" euphemism earlier in a comment on Josh's Anthony Castonzo article, and when my son read it he texted me saying he laughed out loud at the phrase. I got that phrase from my dad, who was a WWII vet and ran a tight ship with his only son. As he sought to instill in me a strong work ethic, he'd say things like - "grab a root and growl" or, "move out like you got a purpose" or, "just wanna see assholes and elbows". Somewhere amidst those pearls of Texas wisdom was "I better see you fartin' sparks, boy", which was his subtle way of telling me he expected me to buckle down and get with it. So much for background . . . . .
I am optimistically looking forward to the offensive line that Coach Gilbert cobbles together in training camp. This is certainly the most talented group he's had to work with since 2012 and the beginning of Monster Construction. And the draft picks that ushered my projected starting five into the NFL were serious, indeed:
Castonzo-1st . . . .Mewhort-2nd . . . .Holmes-4th . . . .Thornton-3rd. . . .Cherilus-1st
I suspect D. Thomas will begin the season on PUP. But if not, and he holds off Mewhort's challenge in training camp, so much the better. He's a proven, quality veteran that suffered an awful combination of injuries that ended what started as a promising 2013 season. Despite Grigson's preference of not starting rookie O-linemen, 2nd rounders are not drafted to sit and watch in this day and age. Regardless, whether Thomas or Mewhort is the starter at left guard, we're in pretty good shape.
Whomever mans the five starting spots, we're going to field a vastly better O-line than we have the past two years. The talent, power, athleticism and "nasty" that will line up in front of #12 and #34 will yield a very, very potent offense that can impose it's will on anybody (looking at you Denver, Philly, anybody else). The only caveat I'd offer is that Pep needs to allow Andrew Luck to pass as needed early to get the defense out of the box, then run where the defense gives the run to us. Get away from the pound it first to soften 'em up mentality. This is the NFL, Pep. Everybody's a grown-ass man, and you don't soften 'em up.You just make their job simpler.
I firmly believe our interior three guys, whomever they are, will not be the human turnstiles of the last couple of years. Grigson has put together a quality group. Now , Coach Gilbert has to tune this group up into a well-oiled machine that snarls, drools and "farts sparks". Move out like they've got a purpose. Grab a root and growl.
I cannot wait to see this group come together and start imposing it's will. I'm excited. . . I'm excited . . .I'm excited. Once #12 and #34 have a functional NFL offensive line blocking for them, they've got the elite skillsets to cash in. This is gonna be one helluva ride, Colts fans.
Buckle up !
And FART SPARKS !!