“They’ve got to have the same mindset as close to the defensive line as possible,” Pagano said. “In order to run the football, you’re going to have to come off the ball and knock those guys off the line of scrimmage and open up holes. That takes some nastiness, that takes some aggression, that takes a certain amount of physicality to do that.”
Castonzo credits the defensive line with getting the O-line ready for that challenge.
“You’re only as good as the guy you’re going against,” Castonzo said. “When you play against the best in practice, and all of our defensive linemen go 100 percent, 110 percent during practice every rep, which is all you can really ask for as an offensive lineman. So the’re definitely helping us get better.”
The new offensive line is just one facet of the Colts’ new-look offense this year. Pep Hamilton, Luck’s offensive coordinator at Stanford, takes over the same position with the Colts and brings with him a new scheme. Fans can expect to see a fast-paced offense and a lot of points go up on the board.
“It’s going to be a fun season,” Castonzo said. “I think it’ll be good as we all come together because after a week, from the beginning of last week until the end of last week, you can already see how the team’s starting to really mold together.”