• Andrew Luck Impresses Us All


    I had a chance to interview Andrew Luck for a halftime feature to air Sunday night. He is impressive. A humble young man who is obviously very intelligent and very worldly. He grew up in Germany where his father ran the World League, and didn't move back to the United States until age 12. He fell in love with the architecture of all the stadiums he visited and studied architecture at Stanford. A High School co-valedictorian who has carried his intellect onto the field.

    Luck threw two TD passes against the Rams, but his best throw was a back shoulder middle read that left the ball on the one. He had only four incompletions and at least two of those were drops. Statistics cannot measure what impressed me most, his ability to avoid sacks. At least three times he was under tremendous pressure and somehow escaped avoiding huge losses. QBs never get enough credit or blame for avoiding sacks. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Eli Manning make their offensive lines better than they are because they know how to avoid the big losses. Very few offenses can recover from 2nd and 17 after a sack. It won't take Luck long to join that list.

    Who knows what we will see on Sunday night when Luck and the Colts face the Steelers. But, if it is anything like what we saw when Luck faced the Rams, the conversation may become less about Tim Tebow, and more about the Colts' future under Andrew Luck.

    Comments 6 Comments
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      I think this has a chance to be a pretty good draft for QB's. Luck, of course. Perhaps also RGIII and Tannehill.

      Luck and Stafford are tied for first in the NFL for Ugliest Attempted Facial Hair Growth.
    1. hobbes27's Avatar
      Its preseason. Until I see him when it counts, I'm not going to be impressed.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Well, I've said this twice I think, but what the heck: the stats don't necessarily impress me, since it is preseason, and the TD on his first throw was really more Brown than Luck, but it's the other stuff that was impressive. Cris mentioned his pocket awareness, but he also showed an un-rookielike ability to look off defenders, good accuracy, and a very anti-Tebow quick release. I think I saw on the 4-letter network that his release took something like.3 seconds.
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      He does a great job of making quick reads an decisions when to get the ball out of his hand. His combine was amzing athletically. RGIII is a freakish athlete and got all the raves and desrvedly so. But watching Luck run, jump, change direction was impressive. He is a stud athlete as well. Defensive players will have to get a solid lick on Luck to get him on the ground. Has very good size and strength as well. OL will love blocking for this guy. He will make them look real good statistically because he will never just take a sack.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Luck's combine measurables were on par with Cam Newton last year. Luck is very athletic.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      I think this has a chance to be a pretty good draft for QB's. Luck, of course. Perhaps also RGIII and Tannehill.
      Let's add Russell Wilson to that list. I'd like to see him against a first team defense. But this player looks pretty darn good so far.