"While he was in New England, our coach was Frank Kush," says wideout Matt Bouza, a sixth-year Colt who has caught TD passes in each of the last two games. "You want to talk about drill sergeants. Frank Kush makes Ron Meyer look like a candy striper."
Meyer was hired on a Monday and activated quarterback Gary Hogeboom that Wednesday. "No doubt about it, he's the bell cow," says Meyer. You remember Hogeboom. He used to back up Danny White in Dallas. Every time White got knocked silly, this bean pole with a cannon would come in and try to save the day. More recently he crossed the picket line and led Indianapolis to two victories during the strike.
"He's something special in my book," says Meyer. In the first week of scab ball, Hogeboom threw for five touchdowns in a 46-6 rout of Buffalo. But against the Jets a week later, defensive end Marty Lyons put a lick on Hogeboom that punctured a lung and cracked a rib. When Hogeboom comes back, Trudeau, who on Sunday completed 14 of 23 passes for 192 yards and a TD, will fade into the background.
As will Bentley. After he had enjoyed the second-best day of his three-year career, a measly handful of reporters gathered to talk with him. Fifteen feet away, around the locker of the newest Colt, there was a media circus with fights, cameras, mikes, the works.
Eric, did you get any sleep on the plane?
Eric, do you miss your friends?
Eric, is that the same mouthpiece you used with the Rams?
"Get used to it," a teammate said to Bentley.
The Colts—with the possible exception of Bentley—will be happy to.