New Colts offensive lineman Mike McGlynn is noticing some parallels between his 2011 season in Cincinnati and this one, his first as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
McGlynn was picked up off waivers by the Bengals prior to the beginning of last season. There McGlynn was going to a team breaking in a rookie quarterback with a young receiving corps and new offensive coordinator. It was a team coming off a losing season having jettisoned many of its stars from previous years (Carson Palmer, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco). Most thought it more likely the Bengals would draft Andrew Luck than make the playoffs.
Cincinnati, with Mike McGlynn starting most of the season at guard, surprised everyone and made the playoffs as a wild card team last season behind rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. McGlynn thinks that this year’s Colts team could similarly surprise people.
“The strides we’re making with our personnel have been great… Andrew is a unique player. I’ve never been around a guy like him at the position.”
That’s pretty high praise from a lineman who not only blocked for Andy Dalton last season, but has also protected Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.
It’s not just the football side that has McGlynn excited for this season. He couldn’t be happier to have made the move up I-74 to Indianapolis.
“The city is awesome. I love everything about it! This is one of classiest organizations I’ve ever been a part of.”
McGlynn, a self-described “blue collar guy who brings his lunch pail to work,” is fighting for a starting guard spot on the rebuilt Colts offensive line. Thus far he’s gained the majority of the snaps with the first team, but he knows his real test will begin Sunday afternoon when the Rams start going after Andrew Luck.
If McGlynn and his fellow linemates can keep Luck upright, the Colts will have an outstanding opportunity to emulate the surprise season the Bengals put together last year.
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