Indianapolis Colts interim coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Monday that around 80 percent of the Colts' plays Sunday against the Packers were run out of a no-huddle offense. That number is pretty significant with rookie Andrew Luck at the helm, especially since Arians didn't throw the no-huddle offense at Peyton Manning until Manning's second year in the league.
"We didn't attempt no-huddle the first year," Arians said, referring to Manning's first year. "We did a lot of check with mes, and gave him two or three options, but not at the line, rolling in a no-huddle situation until the second year. It's something he's been wanting to do. I felt the rest of the guys were more than capable now. We practiced it for four or five weeks. It was time to try it."
Oh good grief.
I am completely happy with Luck's progression.
For a rookie QB that has no running game nor anything that resembles competent pass protection what he has done is really great. He has things to work on, but when we can get him a consistent running threat and some protection his accuracy should go up especially on the long ball.
The guy is all ready running the no huddle and has shown the ability to lead the team down the field when it matters.
The sky is the limit for this guy.
Luck is your typical rookie--very high ups, and very low downs.
He has the potential to be a great player, and really just needs to work on consistency and poise.
I don't think Manning really wanted to finish his career here. Not once last year was over. Liked to have? Yeah, maybe...sure.... Realized the market and better teams were out there for him? Certainly.
The Colts had one way to get Manning back IMHO- Pick up the option on his contract. He wasn't going to renegotiate IMHO and I think Irsay would've done almost anything to not let Manning walk. But he couldn't mortgage the future for it.
I felt my brain cells committing suicide while reading this.
For a rookie QB, Luck looks pretty good. He does run the 'slow' no-huddle well. No question about that. He has a nice understanding of the playbook and what the Colts want to do. But he does have the usual rookie issues with the speed of the NFL game. In time that should go away, but it just takes game play to for the brain to catch up to the confusion on the field and begin to sort it out quickly enough.
A couple of examples of what I'm talking about. In the pocket, Luck tends to pull the ball down and run too quickly or hold on the the ball too long. That ability to judge how long he has to make his decisions is still in the learning phase. Nothing wrong with that, as long as he gets better at some point.
Also, his throws tend to be late and behind the receiver. IMO, that indicates he has to see the opening before he is able to throw to it. He hasn't learned to throw to where the opening is going to be. He lacks that anticipation that veteran QB's have. Again, nothing unusual about that with a rookie. As long as it improves.