Change is at the forefront with the New York Jets, and nowhere is it more evident than on the offensive line.
Brandon Moore is looking for employment, and Matt Slauson signed a deal to join the Chicago Bears. Veteran Stephen Peterman has been seeing time with the first team at the right guard position. Today, we are looking at the guy that it looks like will be starting on the opposite side, at left guard. In case you didn’t know, we are talking about Willie Colon.
It could create the quite intimidating left side of the line with Colon between D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold. Here is what Willie had to say, and it certainly sounds like a guy ready to “Play like a Jet.”
“We have the right guys to do it. It’s about us up front executing and really getting after guys,” he said. “We have to outwork the rest of the NFL — that’s the bottom line. I don’t think we are going to scare nobody on paper, but our job is to flat out show up on Sunday and give ‘em hell.”
Willie went on to talk about his working relationship with Nick Mangold, and how that must develop:
“He is the brain of the offense, so I have to adjust to him and understand what he’s talking about and what he sees, so I can adjust my game to kind of fit everybody’s,” Colon said. “It’s not about being selfish out there — it’s about five guys on one page and on one sound. If we’re able to do that, the sky’s the limit.”
Willie Colon is clearly a guy not happy about leaving his old team. You can tell listening to him talk, that he is a little bit unresolved, due to the perceived lack of respect he has seen from his old team. Most people realize that this causes a chip onto the players’ shoulders, and they play angry.
However, that chip on the shoulder can be put to the back-burner when you are learning new terminology. However, he is ready to learn, ready to lead, and fill it anywhere necessary.
If Willie is healthy come week one, the left side of the Jets’ offensive line will be quite an imposing sight.