Taking the O-Line to dinner

October 10, 2008 |

I guess this is life in the NFL when you have to go up against Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Indianapolis in a three-week stretch, but we’ve had a couple of great days of practice and that Titans loss is definitely behind us.

John Harbaugh pulled me aside a few days ago and told me he that I’m the starter for the rest of the season and that he wanted me to know before he told the media.  I appreciated knowing that beforehand so I could get my thoughts together.  Obviously I’m very happy to hear that but I never really looked at it any other way since the season started.  I assumed as long as I kept learning the offense and we were productive as a unit that I would be the starter.  Now I just have to keep making progress and we need to get back to winning games.

I can’t say enough about the job the offensive line has done this year.  Again last week, against one of the top pass rushing teams in the whole league, I hardly got touched.  That’s a great testament to how well they’re playing when the game ends and I can say, “wow, I didn’t get sacked one time today”.

The O-line is doing such a great job for me that I’ve been taking them all out for dinner every week since the season started.  I’m not footing the whole bill – they each kick in a little bit to help out – but I feel like it’s the least I can do for them since they’re working hard for me and the offense.  We’ve really developed some close friendships on the O-line through these dinners and the off-field stuff we do together.

We’ve been using piped-in crowd noise this week to get us ready for the indoor stadium in Indy.  Actually, I think the noise at practice is louder than the real game, but it serves its purpose.  In Pittsburgh – our first road game of the year – there was no way to hear anything when we were on offense.  Everything was done with a silent snap count.  I’m sure we’ll have to use that a lot this week against the Colts and practicing with the piped-in noise helps get us ready for that.

We’re going to Indianapolis focused on playing well and coming home with a win.  I’ll check in with Drew next Tuesday morning at 8:30 to talk about the Colts game and next Sunday’s visit to Miami.  Until then, have a great weekend!