ANDERSON, Ind. —
A nice change of pace with joining Castonzo on the line, Cherilus said, was that the only time he would have to prepare for the Colts defense, including Colts veteran linebacker Robert Mathis, would be in practice. In his rookie season, Cherilus faced off against Mathis who was at defensive end at the time, and the Lions line, including their rookie lineman, managed to save Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky from any sacks in the December meeting.
Getting used to a new offensive system may prove a brief challenge for Luck’s new bodyguard, but he’s confident he and the rest of the line can give the Colts quarterback the opportunity for another breakout season.
“One thing about football for an offensive lineman, you’re doing a whole bunch of things your body isn’t used to,” Cherilus said. “You do everything going forward, and when it comes to football, we’re all going backwards.
“It’s just some things we have to master, but I think we have a good group of guys. We don’t complain about the workload. We want to work hard. We want to be good, and we know what we do exactly when we do what we’re supposed to do.”