For an Indianapolis kid playing in front of families and friends week in and week out, Colts offensive guard Joe Reitz has a message for the team fans will see in 2012.
“We’re going to be exciting. There’s just great energy, great enthusiasm. We had it since we started back in April,” Reitz said.
The excitement of Sunday’s preseason contest was a theme heard again and again following Tuesday morning’s walk-through.
The constant positive emotion that has been echoed throughout training camp by player after player began with the guys above, Reitz said.
“It starts with coach (Chuck) Pagano and it trickles down. It’s like he never, never has a bad day. He’s always upbeat and always excited,” Reitz said.
“That goes the same way for B.A. (offensive coordinator Bruce Arians) leading the offense, to our offensive line coach Goodie (Harold Goodwin). It’s been great getting to work under those guys and just how excited they are to come to work, that fires us up as players. We just try to emulate them.”
Currently, Reitz and fellow offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach are battling for the left guard position.
No matter who runs out there on September 9 against Chicago, Reitz knows the most important piece for the offensive line to succeed is communication among all five voices.
“The offensive line, that’s the one position on the field where it’s not five guys playing, it’s one unit. The more and more we can play together, (we can) learn each other’s strengths and nuances. I think every day we are growing as an offensive line and we’re just going to continue to get better,” Reitz said.
Growing up just outside of the Circle City in Fishers, Indiana, Reitz has had a close view of the Colts unparalleled success over the last dozen years.
This marks the third season that Reitz has played for the Colts and after starting nine games last season he is anxious to regain that team success he witnessed for so many years.
“I think we’ve had a great camp overall as a team,” Reitz said. “I know as an offense we are getting better every day. As an offensive line we are getting better every day. We are just getting excited for the season.”
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