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Arians calls out players for “fiddle-farting” in practice

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At a time when it’s important to assess preseason games for what they are (i.e., glorified practices with little or no game planning), it’s critical that the players keeps the non-game games in perspective.

Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Tuesday that, in the first practice after his new team shellacked the Rams, 38-3, the players were a little too smitten with the outcome of Sunday’s exhibition.

“I thought we were very lackluster in practice today, especially the rookies,” Arians said, in comments distributed by the team.  “I think they read the paper, fiddled-farted around out here, had a really poor practice. Eventually, I thought they came out and practiced real well.  But mostly, the rookies, especially the receivers had a very poor day.  We can’t be up and down with those guys.  You’ve got to come out and practice every single day and not live on your laurels.  You won’t have laurels very long.”

One player who likely won’t be fiddle-farting is quarterback Andrew Luck.  Arians raved about Luck’s performance in his preseason debut.

“His poise, his excitement for the game,” Arians said regarding the things that impressed him about Luck.  “He was great on the sideline.  Nothing surprises me about him anymore.  I kind of expect it now and I think it surprised other people.  I would have anticipated anything else from him, not a touchdown on the first play.”

Luck gets his next chance to lead the offense to a first-play touchdown on Sunday night in Pittsburgh, when Arians returns to face the team that fired him in January and claimed that he retired.  Arians says he hasn’t thought about returning to Pittsburgh, which likely means that he’s been thinking about it constantly.

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17 Responses to “Arians calls out players for “fiddle-farting” in practice”
  1. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    I like Bruce Arians…keeps players focused and know that greatness can be avhieved thru hard work

  2. cuse6468 says: Aug 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    Get over it. Hes only a rookie in a pre season game

  3. sixburghrules says: Aug 14, 2012 8:11 PM

    First play TD was a fluke! Not skill on his part but the player that caught it! The rooks will get a chance to see what it is like to play a real NFL D this week.

  4. nineroutsider says: Aug 14, 2012 8:19 PM

    He may be a rookie, and it may be a preseason game, but rest assured that Andrew Luck will prove that he is the real deal. Harbaugh is a QB master and Luck is his masterpiece.

    Colts fans consider yourselves very lucky to go from Manning to Luck, like the Packers went from Farve to Rodgers, and the 9ers went from Montana to Young. It’s very rare.

    Thank Captain Comeback for his gift to Colts fans…

  5. bigblu73 says: Aug 14, 2012 8:47 PM

    I’m not sayin that Luck will not have a productive rookie season but please let’s not get the R.O.Y. addressed to Indy just yet!! Lol A 67 yard TD that travels 4 yards in the air is not hardly the work of a QB!!! Haha. Jeez, just imagine if Luck pulls a Matty Ice and does it when it counts. Some folks will probably start booking plane tickets to Canton!!!

  6. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Aug 14, 2012 8:52 PM

    sixburghrules says:
    Aug 14, 2012 8:11 PM
    First play TD was a fluke! Not skill on his part but the player that caught it! The rooks will get a chance to see what it is like to play a real NFL D this week.
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    Would that be the D that gave up 316 yards in a playoff lose to Tebow.

  7. sgtr0c says: Aug 14, 2012 8:53 PM

    He isn’t thinking about returning to pittsburgh at all. As the writer pointed out, these don’t count, and are nothing more then unscripted practices. :) just saying what was written…

  8. wyoyyz says: Aug 14, 2012 9:00 PM

    The term “fiddle farting” doesn’t get used enough.

  9. clusterfu says: Aug 14, 2012 9:01 PM

    Fiddle-farting. Being an AZ Cards fan I was looking for a phrase describing what I’ve seen thus far.

  10. apmn says: Aug 14, 2012 10:01 PM

    Speaking as someone who has done a helluva lotta fiddle-fartin’ around in my days…just what exactly is a fiddle-fart?

  11. jimfix says: Aug 14, 2012 10:03 PM

    technically we even went from HARBAUGH to manning to luck. the circle is complete.

  12. eviltwin007 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:14 PM

    I guess it’s better to be “fiddle farting” than “fiddle sharting”

  13. eviltwin007 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:15 PM

    nineroutsider says: Aug 14, 2012 8:19 PM

    He may be a rookie, and it may be a preseason game, but rest assured that Andrew Luck will prove that he is the real deal. Harbaugh is a QB master and Luck is his masterpiece.

    Colts fans consider yourselves very lucky to go from Manning to Luck, like the Packers went from Farve to Rodgers, and the 9ers went from Montana to Young. It’s very rare.

    Thank Captain Comeback for his gift to Colts fans…
    ————————————————————
    As a Colts fan I do feel that we are very lucky to get Luck. Hopefully, he has a great career here and wins games and Super Bowls. That way it will help ease the pain of losing, Peyton.

  14. jh4prez says: Aug 14, 2012 10:27 PM

    Arians is a great offensive coach.hes gonna have fun with gump.

  15. justbust says: Aug 14, 2012 10:46 PM

    Luck looked pretty nice. I’m an eagles fan . if Andy and Marty gave Foles all the reps and attention he’d be just as nice :)

  16. bigcid10 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:32 AM

    the colts game planned against the rams it was easy to see.if Pittsburgh game plannes also the colts will lose.

  17. chefjayson says: Aug 17, 2012 5:53 AM

    Time to clear the air. Peytons 1st nfl pass…was a 12 yard pass to Marvin Harrison with a 32 yard scamper on Marvins part. RG3 threw a bubble screen to Pierce Garcon that actually saw very little forward movement with a 23 yard run by Garcon. Luck threw a forward pass 3 yards into a full blitz that left nobody in the backfield to tackle with a 60 yard run by Brown. I’ve only been watching football my whole life…but correct me if I’m wrong. Its all considered a td in real game situations right? Screen pass or 60 yard bomb…all adds up to 6 points right? Does it really matter how it gets on the scoreboard?

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