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INDIANAPOLIS – Dave DeGuglielmo is everything an offensive line coach should be. He looks like one. Thinks like one. Yells like one. He is beautifully blunt, a man with no time for pleasantries and no interest in clichés. Ask him a question, he tells you what he thinks.

No spin. No coachspeak. Just truth.

He also might be doing a better job than any position coach in football this year. No unit in 2018 has remade itself, and revived itself, more substantially than the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line. For years, they were the butt of jokes, the Achilles heel of this franchise. No more. Now they’re one of the best lines in football, and they have the numbers to back it up.

Eleven games in, the Colts sit tied for first in the league with just 11 sacks allowed – an unthinkable metric considering the fat totals they’d allowed since quarterback Andrew Luck entered the league in 2012: 41, 32, 29, 37, 44 and 56. During a brilliant four-game stretch, the line went 239 consecutive dropbacks without allowing a single sack, the NFL’s longest such streak since 1991. That’s 27 years.

My how things have changed.

How has Gugs done it? He expounded on a variety of topics Thursday, including how Quenton Nelson’s nastiness has changed film sessions, whether Mark Glowinski is the league’s best-kept secret and how Frank Reich does it differently from any coach he’s ever been around:

» On how Quenton Nelson has changed the vibe in the o-line room:

He’s changed the way the game is played with those guys, or at least, changed the accepted level of play beyond, ‘I’m blocking my guy.’ You see him knock people down, you see him go after linebackers. He plays with a nastiness and brings out the natural nastiness in other players.

To put a guy down? That’s one thing. To put a guy down and lay on him, it’s another thing. You know what I’m saying? You put a guy down and don’t let him get up? That’s a third thing. There’s a degree of, ‘I’m going to make sure you understand what happened to you.’ And it’s natural to him. That’s a great thing. It’s not just how you finish a guy. It’s knocking him down and making sure he stays down.

Let me put it this way: I have a Rottweiler. He’s the friendliest guy you know. But you come in the house in the middle of the night, I wouldn’t want to be there, you know? I wouldn’t want to be that guy. Now, he’s never messed with anybody while I’m standing there, but I wouldn’t want to walk in on him in the middle of the night. (Nelson) plays to the whistle, plays right to the whistle, and he goes down there and picks up his teammates every single play. Most unusual thing I’ve ever seen. Doesn’t matter where it is.

When they get to the bench after a scoring drive, they’re comparing how many times they knocked their guy down – this is what they’re talking about. ‘Coach, I got three.’ ‘Coach, I got four. You’ll see it on the tape.’ And they’ll check the sheet, ‘Hey coach, you missed one, this was a knockdown.’ Because they’re understanding this: We may not come out of the gate on the first play and knock you back five yards, but if we chip away at you, and we are relentless, and are on you and we are cutting you and knocking you down and we are taking a second hit and we are pushing you to the whistle, eventually, you’re gonna start looking. Where is Glowinski? Where is Nelson? Where’s Kelly? Where’s Boehm? Where are they coming from?

Everybody has a vision of those old-time nasty, tape on the arms, the J pad, little dirt on the face, a little bit of blood coming from their nose (linemen of the past). Well, if you put tape on these guys’ wrists and have dirt and old-time facemasks, these guys would be throwbacks to the 50s and 60s. That’s how they play the game, and play within the rules. These guys – with Quenton being a shining example – they know how to finish a football play.
» On whether he’s out there to break his opponent’s will:

That’s what he does. He’s showing (the veterans), ‘This is how I do it.’ And what they’re seeing, right, is ‘Hey, look at that.’ They’re excited to watch some of the things that go on. I’ve seen it in every room. And here I got more than one. And that’s beautiful because they look forward to analyzing the tape, for more than just, ‘Did we get it right? Did we get it wrong?’ Analyzing footwork, where I put my hands … all that other stuff. Which makes watching the film, in some respects, fun, because there are so many exciting things going on.

One thing I’ll say about (Quenton) is he’s not a cheap player. I’m really glad people haven’t painted him that way. There’s no way that he’s cheap. He doesn’t play beyond the whistle. He doesn’t put his hands in guys masks, he doesn’t hold guys, because he doesn’t have to. And that’s what is beautiful about how he plays. He plays within the framework of the game. He plays up, he plays physical. And he’s just explosive.

» How Nelson has helped veteran left tackle Anthony Castonzo improve:

Castonzo’s actually altered his game to help Quenton be more efficient, which is a tremendous thing for a veteran like that, especially a left tackle, to alter your game to a rookie. He understands that, and he’s bought in: how he sets will affect Quenton, which will then affect (Ryan) Kelly, which… and so on and so forth.

Anthony has done a much better job this year of finishing plays, and I think that goes across the board. That’s one of the things that was lacking (in the past).

He did it the other day (vs. Miami), he was peeking around in the middle of a block, and it was in the middle of a play and I said, ‘Stop the film!’ I said, ‘Anthony, what are you looking for?’ They wanna see what’s going on. If you’re looking over there, you’re not finishing your guy. You don’t need to be a spectator. You need to finish. If you’re done with that guy, go find another one. That’s the attitude these interior guys are really getting.
» On whether Mark Glowinski is one of the best-kept secrets in football:

I don’t know if it’s a secret anymore. I get calls from all over the league, my fellow coaches, and the first question they ask is, ‘Where’d you find 64?’ It’s usually calling about some scheme, a team we played, whatever, or to share some thoughts. ‘Boy you got a good one in 56 (Nelson), but where’d you find 64?’ Like, right away they transition into Glowinski. He jumps off the tape because he’s faster than any of them, to be honest with you. He’s the fastest guy I got, flat-out running. And when he plays, he sometimes looks like the Tasmanian Devil out there. He was once a secret, and again, I credit Chris Ballard and his crew for finding that and knowing that there was something there.
» How Frank Reich is different from any other head coach he’s worked with:

Look, I’ve been around (Lou) Holtz, (Bill) Belichick and (Tom) Coughlin, I’ve been around some good head coaches, I’ve worked with some really, really high-respected head coaches, and I would say Frank does as good a job as any of those guys managing these people, knowing his players … He’s done a masterful job of keeping the o-line – which is usually looked at like a separate entity, (like) we operate in a bubble sometimes – (included).

The guy who leads the (blitz) meeting – I’ve been around a long time, and it’s always been the line coach – here, it’s the head coach. We all do our research and get ready, but Frank runs it. And if you can imagine what it’s like … it’s a different meeting. Andrew sits right in the front row, next to the center. Sometimes (if you’re an offensive lineman) you don’t see the head coach, don’t even interact with the head coach unless he’s yelling at you about something. Here, Frank runs the meeting twice a week. And we don’t go to him. He comes into the o-line room and stands in the front of the room. And you can’t take away the significance of that for linemen who, for years and years, the head coach has been (in another part of the building). He’s with them. He’s in the trenches with them. And it’s probably a result of him playing QB behind guys like that. And I love it.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be enshrined on Saturday. Each day this week, the Around the League crew will pick a player that we believe is also deserving of enshrinement.

Marvin Harrison is a first-ballot Hall of Famer that will be forced to wait an extra year for induction for some unknowable reason.

Other all-time greats have had to wait. Fran Tarkenton and Joe Namath both had to wait until their third year of eligibility. Mel Renfro made 10 Pro Bowls and had to wait 15 years. It happens.

Still, there’s no explaining the choice of Andre Reed over Harrison last year — other than voters who wanted to squeeze Reed in before it was too late. Even the Bills legend’s biggest backers would have a hard time making a sensible argument against Harrison.

It’s an honor to make the All-Pro first team. It says you are one of the two best receivers in the league in that given year. The Pro Football Hall of Fame already has named Harrison one of the best two receivers in an entire decade, choosing Randy Moss and Harrison as their first-team wide receivers from the 2000s.

It’s hard to know where to start when coming up with insane stats for Harrison. There was a four-year stretch where he averaged 117 catches, 1,580 yards and 14 touchdowns. And then Harrison gained at least 1,100 yards with 10 scores for another four years after that. He was first- or second-team All-Pro in all eight of those years.

Harrison still holds the record for receptions in a season with 143. Only Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez have caught more passes in the NFL than Harrison. But Harrison doesn’t often get mentioned in the same breath as those kind of players. Perhaps it’s because Harrison did things so quietly as a player. He never made headlines with his mouth like Moss or Terrell Owens — even his game was somewhat quiet. Harrison didn’t dominate receivers with his size or strength, but with smarts, route running, speed and mitts. Harrison seemingly was always open. He knew how to set up defenders, almost lulling them to sleep before exploding past them. Few receivers were better on the boundaries. Harrison’s hands snatched passes that looked headed out of bounds, and he had incredible body control.

It’s almost as if voters hold it against Harrison that he played with Peyton Manning. We see it another way. Harrison was the one teammate that could truly raise his game to Manning’s level. Their almost telepathic connection says a lot about Harrison’s football smarts. Not many players can be on the same wavelength as Manning, and back it up with a Hall of Fame skill set.

The mysterious story surrounding Harrison and a Philadelphia gunfight in 2008 has overshadowed his post-playing life. But the voters are not supposed to take any off-field factors into account.

Based on his playing career, Harrison is a no-brainer Hall of Famer, one of the 10 greatest receivers of all time. He should arrive in Canton next summer, even if it’s coming a year too late.

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 22, 2019) – Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Todd Gilliland will return to the organization as the full-time driver of the No. 4 Tundra for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season. JBL, part of the HARMAN portfolio of legendary audio brands- and Mobil 1™, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, are also both returning as primary sponsors on Gilliland’s Toyota.

Gilliland competed in 19 of 23 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for KBM in 2018, moving into a full-time role once he turned 18 on May 15. Despite missing four races early in the season due to age restrictions, he finished 10th in the championship standings after posting one pole, 208 laps led, four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Overall in two part-time seasons competing for the organization, the NASCAR Next alum has tallied six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes across his 25 starts since making his Truck Series debut at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in June of 2017.

“I’m excited to be returning to the seat of the No. 4 Tundra at Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2019 and looking to build on the momentum that we had going at the end of 2018,” Gilliland said. “Last year we definitely had some high points and low points, so my goal is to be more consistent throughout the season. After being so close a couple times last year, I’m confident that I’ll be able to find victory lane this year and once that happens more wins will follow. I’m ready to reward everyone at JBL, Mobil 1, Toyota and TRD for their continued support.”

“There was a lot of pressure on Todd last year early in the season after he had to miss four of the first six races due to age restrictions and then needed to get a win to become eligible for the playoffs,” Kyle Busch said. “I think maybe he was pushing a little too hard to try and dig himself out of that hole. While it was unfortunate that he didn’t make the playoffs, at the end of the year he did a much better job and if it wasn’t for a few unfortunate endings he should’ve won two races. We’re looking for him to continue the progress that he made at the end of last year and be a contender for the championship this season.”

In addition to his Truck Series schedule in 2018, the North Carolina native made a handful of starts in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the ARCA Racing Series. Gilliland went to victory lane twice in just three starts in the K&N Pro Series East; the season-opening event at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February and again at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in April. In the ARCA Racing Series, he tallied one pole, two top-five and three top-10 finishes across four starts in 2018.

Gilliland captured back-to-back K&N Pro Series West championships in 2016 and 2017, collecting six wins each season. He also finished second in the 2017 K&N Pro Series East standings while collecting a series-high four wins. The 18-year-old has won a remarkable 39.2% (20 of 51) of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series races he has competed in combined between the East and West Series since he became the youngest winner in West Series history after going to victory lane in his debut as a 15-year-old in November of 2015. Gilliland is also the youngest driver ever to win an ARCA Racing Series race, winning his series debut in May of 2015 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, also at the age of 15.

The third-generation driveris the son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland and the grandson of 1997 NASCAR Winston West champion, Butch Gilliland.