For one of the first times in his professional football career, Mark Glowinski will be playing with a chip on his shoulder this upcoming season.
The GAR grad was waived by the Seattle Seahawks — after playing in 10 games and making a pair of starts — on Dec. 16 before being claimed two days later by the Indianapolis Colts.
The move wasn’t a complete surprise for Glowinski, but still, it was a transaction that told him the Seahawks thought he wasn’t good enough.
Combine playing with a chip on his shoulder from being waived with the upcoming season being a contract year, and Glowinski has a lot to prove.
“It’s just like when I was a rookie and I had to do everything I could,” Glowinski said. “If you’re telling me things that maybe you were settling a little bit, it definitely broke away from that. Just work harder and stuff again — for sure.
“I feel like I always put in the time and work, and the competition was always there. It’s just like, it reactivates some of those sensors in your mind for sure.”
Even though he’s switched teams, Glowinski still has an opportunity any offensive lineman would ask for — to protect a Pro Bowl quarterback.
However, Glowinski expects things to be a little different in Indianapolis. He’s going from a mobile quarterback in Russell Wilson to a pocket passer with some scrambling ability in Andrew Luck.
Jacoby Brissett is a possibility for the 2018 season as well. Brissett could be the Colts’ starting quarterback again if Luck isn’t ready to play after missing this past season with a shoulder injury.
“You know, the quarterback, he has more vision and he’s going to be able to see things where he doesn’t have to scramble around and put us in situations that we wouldn’t like,” Glowinski said. “It’s going to be another great opportunity to go from a great quarterback that’s really mobile to a guy that’ll be able to have more vision.”
While the Colts are currently without a head coach, it’s all but certain that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is going to take over after Super Bowl LII.
In fact, McDaniels interviewed with the Colts for a second time on Friday for what NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said “will start the planning process” for after Feb. 4.
Glowinski hasn’t had any interactions with his likely new head coach yet, but he’s heard good things and is ready to get going.
“If you’re able to have a consistency going like that with the Patriots, then I’m thrilled to see what can happen when he’s at the Colts,” Glowinski said.
As Glowinski waits to find out who his next head coach is, he’s packing up his life in Seattle in preparation for the move to Indy.
The third-year offensive lineman isn’t rushing his move back east. Glowinski and his fiance are in the process of packing and are “breaking down a room every couple days.” He expects to be moved out of his place in Seattle within “the next month or so.” He wants to be settled in Indianapolis by mid-March, at the latest, to get ready for the 2018 season.
The Wilkes-Barre native is also using his time right now as an opportunity to move forward both mentally and physically ahead of his first full season with the Colts.
“You always have to start with a clear mind and not worry about what happened in the past,” Glowinski said. “At this point, just evaluate myself and go through all of the stuff that I can definitely have room for improvement and everything like that can be put into the offseason.
“Every year I like to add some kind of element, like some kind of combative element that I like doing. The last year or two I’ve done some kind of MMA fighting. Even (Thursday), just working on judo stuff or stuff like that. I was meeting up and doing some simple stuff like that. Just some stuff I can apply to football and see if I can even use that. I like going out of the element a little bit to do stuff that you might not think will help, but there’s always something you can break down and help with, that kind of aspect.”
And at the end of the day, Glowinski is using his fresh start as a blessing in disguise.
“It’s just part of the league,” Glowinski said. “Somebody gets hurt and they need to bring somebody else up, somebody has to go down. It was just who they chose. It works out for the best.”