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    It's a little eye-brow raising that on a Colts board, we made it to week 3 without an Andrew Luck thread, but the Peyton Manning thread is 5 pages long.

    I'll start.

    After three games, it would appear that most of the things we hoped for last year are coming true. His usage rate came down to a normal level from last year's sky-high level. He's throwing it less and throwing it safer and taking less hits.

    I'm starting to like the QBR rating for at least a good high-level view of how players are doing.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/qbr

    He's currently 4th in QBR, at 77 total QBR, which is very respectable. 77 is what Brady avg'd last year.

    Interestingly, he's the highest rated QB in the entire league in run EPA by a metric MILE, which means he's the most *effective* running QB in the league, which goes completely against the conventional logic of a pocket passer, and his comparisons to the "option" QBs out there. He's not even an option QB, and his runs are extremely effective. His runs usually result in 1st down conversions or touchdowns. It means with Wilson and Kaep and Pryor and RG3 out there running around, it's actually Luck who's making the most of his legs.

    In pass EPA, he's just above the middle of the pack. Combined, he's an extremely balanced QB... able to get you with his arm or his legs.

    I like the "QB PAA" category. It makes an attempt to put everything into context about the QB, and then do a comparison to the rest of the QBs. It gives you a good idea of which QBs are actually playing really good football, whether they have huge stats or not. Luck is once again, 4th in the league, just behind Peyton, Brees, and Rivers (look at Rivers! He's quietly gotten off to a surprising great start).

    Moving back to the standard statistics, he's at around 65% completion percentage. This is a ~10% increase over last year. His INTs are way down. 1 in 3 games. So basically, the two areas that people used against him last year (completion % and INTs) have seen marked improvement. His rating is currently at a very respectable 93, which is a lot higher than last year.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but his 1 INT was a tipped ball. So he's taking much better care of the ball.

    Only 3 passing TDs. But the Colts offense has taken a completely different approach this year. Luck has two rushing TDs, so he's currently standing at 5 total touchdowns. They're taking what the defense gives them, and coverage would appear to be making a tremendous effort to take away the pass (due to last year's success through the air), so instead of forcing it, Luck is making the correct reads and going with the run, or short dump-offs. The unfortunate drawback of this is his passing #s are taking a hit. But when he is throwing it, he's doing good things.

    I think what Indy is doing is really good. The offense was weighted heavily towards the pass last year, but this year, it's nearly even. 93 passes, 91 runs. They are backing up what they claimed about having a more balanced attack. We have the 4th best rushing attack in the league thus far, which is a huge improvement and that's only counting 1 game with our new backfield of TRich and Bradshaw --- wait 'til those guys get clicking.

    I think things are adding up to a pretty damn special recipe this year. To be honest, the balance on offense this year reminds me a lot of how we ran our offense in 2006 --- which was the most "odd" year in Manning's tenure. That year he was uncharacteristically reserved in his gameplan, a lot of short, careful moving the chains types of plays. That's what we're doing this year. I think this is a REALLY good thing. This seems to be a somewhat boring way to do things, but if you look at recent SB champs, that's basically how they went about doing it. It's how Indy won our only SB.
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    I thought that's what the "Andrew Luck!!!" thread was

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    His one INT was a bad throw into the end zone at the end of the game against Miami


    I still think they need to take more shots downfield and more intermediary routes to get those chunk plays
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    I get tired of the announcers in about every darn game; saying Luck's a lot bigger or stronger or faster than people think.

    Anybody paying just a bit of attention to him knows he's big, strong and fast. Heck he was equal to Kaepernick as an athlete at the NFL Combine and they can't stop talking about what a great athlete he is.
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    I get tired of the announcers in about every darn game; saying Luck's a lot bigger or stronger or faster than people think.

    Anybody paying just a bit of attention to him knows he's big, strong and fast. Heck he was equal to Kaepernick as an athlete at the NFL Combine and they can't stop talking about what a great athlete he is.

    Which brings us to the elephant in the room that they aren't addressing but is so obvious even Stevie Wonder can see it...

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    Which brings us to the elephant in the room that they aren't addressing but is so obvious even Stevie Wonder can see it...
    Your are correct. It's stereotyping.

    Pocket passes can't run....
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    feel free to use liberally. too bad OlBlu's gone.

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    Look at him, that cocky, arrogant SOB.....
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    too bad OlBlu's gone.
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    I bet that TV ratings for the Broncos are through the roof this year if motor homes count in the Nielsen ratings.

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    Hey....
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    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/97...otball-history

    Ex-teammate: Luck can be greatest

    RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, who played college football at Stanford with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, believes Luck can become the best quarterback ever.


    I'm on the record as saying Andrew Luck can be the greatest quarterback who ever played the game of football.

    -- Doug Baldwin on Andrew Luck
    "I'm on the record as saying Andrew Luck can be the greatest quarterback who ever played the game of football," Baldwin said Wednesday. "I've seen him do some unbelievable things that I still can't believe a quarterback was able to do. I have tremendous respect for that guy."

    Luck also has the utmost respect for Baldwin. The Colts play host to Seahawks Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    "I always admired Doug's work ethic and his football smarts," Luck said Wednesday. "I remember Doug's last year at Stanford really developing a good rapport with him."

    Baldwin said he was convinced of Luck's greatness watching him in his NFL rookie season last year.

    "I don't like to compare guys," Baldwin said. "But when I look at Andrew's rookie season, he took control of a team that really didn't have much around him and he took them to the playoffs. They didn't have a defense and didn't have a running game, but they made it to the playoffs. He had a whole bunch of fourth-quarter comeback victories."

    Baldwin was asked to list some if the things that make Luck special.

    "He's everything you would want in a quarterback, both as a pocket passer and a guy who can make plays with his legs," Baldwin said. "He's highly intelligent."

    Baldwin also emphasized Luck's ability to improvise.

    "There would be crucial moments of a game [at Stanford] where we needed to make a play," Baldwin said. "He would tell me to go to a specific spot on the field and just throw the ball there. I remember numerous times he would ask me what I saw and we would just makes plays on the fly. We definitely had a great relationship."

    Baldwin also was asked how Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson compares to Luck.

    "They're both very good quarterbacks," Baldwin said. "They're both are highly intelligent, both make plays with their feet and both have great arms. I don't want to take it any further than that."

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    Baldwin also was asked how Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson compares to Luck.

    "They're both very good quarterbacks," Baldwin said. "They're both are highly intelligent, both make plays with their feet and both have great arms. I don't want to take it any further than that."
    In other words: "I don't wanna **** my quarterback off, so I'll just keep my mouth shut."
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    Just listening to The Dan Patrick Show. Dan says he heard from those in the know that USC is focusing on James Franklin of Vanderbilt and Pep Hamilton for their next head coach.

    Who knows if it's true, if anything ever comes from it, or if there is even mutual interest. But if Pep did leave, that would obviously mean Andrew Luck would be on his third coordinator in 3 years..

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    Let's just bring Tom Moore back, and let Luck run the offense.
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    Just listening to The Dan Patrick Show. Dan says he heard from those in the know that USC is focusing on James Franklin of Vanderbilt and Pep Hamilton for their next head coach.

    Who knows if it's true, if anything ever comes from it, or if there is even mutual interest. But if Pep did leave, that would obviously mean Andrew Luck would be on his third coordinator in 3 years..
    If Pep left it would probably be after the season I mean last week Del Rio was in the mix and he said he'd be there for the remainder of the Broncos season.

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    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/97...y-brains-brawn

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Bet me. No QB in the NFL is more accurate, goes deeper or is more effective than the Colts' Andrew Luck.
    And that's just his vocabulary.
    Wednesday, for instance, in a single half hour, he got in "vociferous" (re: loudmouth, loud-playing Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, who brings undefeated Seattle to Indy Sunday), "cognizant" (was he aware of big moments as he's making them? no, he wasn't), and "implemented" (he was glad to see some more running plays being "implemented" into the Colts' game plan.)
    A 3.48 GPA at Stanford in environmental engineering will do that to a person.
    "The other day he used 'paucity' on us," says his backup, Matt Hasselbeck. "And 'chutzpah.' How many people in this locker room even know what 'chutzpah' is?"
    "The guy just comes at you all day long with the SAT words," complains punter Pat McAfee. "I tell him, 'You know I'm dumber than you. You don't have to rub it in all the time.'"
    You'd need a thesaurus to describe Luck this season, one in which he's pulled ahead of Second Year Sensations Robert Griffin III (Washington), Russell Wilson (Seattle) and Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco) the way a locomotive pulls away from uncoupled cars.
    RG III has been tentative and apprehensive. Wilson is undefeated, true, but his numbers have been anemic. Since Week 2, Kaepernick has looked disattached and feckless.
    Luck's play meanwhile has been ...
    ... ameliorated. His completion percentage is up almost 10 points over his rookie year. He's only had two interceptions in four games. (Last season, he had 5 through the fourth game.) He's running better and more daringly than last season (almost twice as many yards per carry as last season). He's already won a game from behind (Oakland) and already won a signature game at San Francisco (that's 14 in his first 20 games, tying the old record for No. 1 draft choices set by another Stanford kid, John Elway.)
    [+] EnlargeCary Edmondson/USA TODAY SportsIntellectual Andrew Luck also luxuriates in the physical aspects of the game.


    ... surpassing. Luck is third in ESPN's QBR. Where are the rest of the Second Year Sensations? In the way, way back. Kaepernick is 13th, Wilson is 17th, RG III is 30th. And that's to be expected. You're supposed to have a sophomore slump. (See: Bradford, Sam.) Defensive coordinators have had an entire offseason to come up with a vaccine for you. That's what's confounding about Luck. In a season when he was supposed to get a little worse, like everybody else, he's only gotten a lot better.
    ... intractable. His teammates keep telling him to get down on runs, to slide, to head for the safety of the sidelines, but he is as stubborn as a boulder. Players around the league report that Hard Luck seems to actually enjoy an organ-shifting hit. Even compliments defenders on a good hit occasionally.
    "I think there's a little part of most football players who enjoy the aspect of getting hit," he says with a grin. "I know in games, sometimes it's good to get that first hit and say, 'Okay, now you're in a football game.' After that, no (laughs)."
    No, no, it's not good any time. And yet he seems addicted to it. One game, he went on one of his intrepid slashes through the defense, got the first down, and then kept going. Whereupon, he got rocked.
    On the field, veteran receiver Reggie Wayne immediately took Luck aside and said, 'Dang, you got to get down! When you made the first down, you won. You won. Get down and live to win another battle!"
    And what did Luck say back to him?
    "I said what I always say to him, 'Yes, Mr. Wayne. Good point, Mr. Wayne.'"
    Luck will wind up being the gold standard of the doozy QB draft class of 2012, but only if he stops polishing his Roger Staubach impression.
    It drives Hasselbeck crazy. "I told him, 'Would you please protect yourself? Because I didn't get any reps this week. And I don't want to look bad out there.'"
    That's the baffling thing about this son of two law school graduates. Luck's the oddest combination of lobes and lats. He's both brains and brawn. He doesn't just crack the safe, he then picks it up and carries it out of the bank.
    "I call him the 'coolest nerd in America,' " says Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri. "He's really kind of nerdy -- so smart -- and yet somehow, he's really cool at the same time."
    Typical Luck story:
    One day this offseason, he invited Hasselbeck to go to a soccer game with him. Hasselbeck, a father of three, said he couldn't. Too much stuff to do. The next week, he asked Luck how the soccer game was.
    "Oh, it was cool," Luck said. "It was in London."
    Typical Luck nerdcoolness:
    There's a 12-acre corn maze in Waterloo, Ind., that's carved in his likeness. Is that a little lame? Or kind of tight?
    Me, I think the kid is the best No. 1 pick to hit the league since Peyton Manning. I also think Luck should've been the Rookie of the Year last season, instead of RG III, and I said so. But I'll bet you a Porsche to a Porsche hubcap that he's the MVP before any of the others.
    How's that for chutzpah?
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    This is good stuff.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...image/2929595/

    INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck is measured and polished and — publicly, anyway — intentionally dull.
    But did you know the Indianapolis Colts quarterback is also intense, fiery and, when necessary, profane? You didn't because you've never been in the huddle with him.
    IN A RUSH: Colts' Richardson wants to shine
    BELL: Russell Wilson a handful for Colts
    Those who have see another side of Luck. The side willing to get in your face, the side that demands nothing less than perfection and the side that runs completely counter to Luck's public image that even teammates admit is a bit, well, "nerdy."
    "You look at him, and you wouldn't think some of that stuff could come out of his mouth," receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said. "I don't know if I can repeat some of it."
    Receiver Reggie Wayne added: "Everybody thinks he's low-key, which he is. But once he's in front of his teammates, really, he's an animal."
    A quick survey of Luck's offensive teammates helped paint an unexpected picture of the Stanford engineering graduate with a vocabulary that consists of a considerable number of four-syllable words.
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    Check out Heyward-Bey's, um, vivid example.
    "It was toward the end of training camp and we were working on a move-the-ball drill," he said. "We were running the no-huddle, and (receiver) Nate Palmer went the wrong way. Andrew saw it. He was like, 'Hey! Get your a-- over here!'
    "Immediately, I was like, 'OK! I like this quarterback!' It's moments like that where you just know. That was a moment where he needed everyone to be accountable and he got him straight. You want that out of your quarterback. It's like tough love."
    The job of an NFL quarterback calls for not only superior physical skills such as the requisite big arm, a quick release and good size. It also helps if you know how to convince 10 other large men to follow your every command, helping them rise to the occasion when the pressure is inevitably dialed up.
    Sometimes, that calls for Luck to exert his authority a bit. Just ask center Samson Satele.
    "He's called me out before," Satele said of Luck. "I was in the huddle talking to myself (about the previous play). He comes in and says, 'Hey! Be quiet!' It was like he was saying, 'I'm in the huddle now!' He wants all your attention all the time."
    Tackle Gosder Cherilus was on the other end of a Luck lecture last Sunday against Jacksonville. While going toe to toe with Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin after a late hit personal foul against Luck, Cherilus felt Luck grab him from behind.
    "I was talking smack to the guy and (Luck) said, 'Hey! We need you. Get back over here.' I'm glad he did it," Cherilus said.
    Luck doesn't play favorites. Everyone must be accountable, even a 13-year veteran such as Wayne.

    During the offseason, as the Colts were first implementing their offense — the one Luck played in at Stanford — there were some rough moments even for players of Wayne's experience.
    "We all have our times where we screw up," Wayne said. "He's gotten on me before, where maybe I'm lining up on the wrong side. When this offense first got (installed), he was the only one that knew it. I said, 'Hey, man. You know the offense. We're still learning it.' But you want that from your quarterback, for him to take charge and keep everybody in place."
    Teammates know Luck is doing all this in the pursuit of winning. But it also helps that Luck has integrated so seamlessly with his teammates in his season-plus with the team. He pokes fun at others, and he takes it well when the joke's on him.
    His ability to blend in despite his status as one of the league's elite quarterbacks has endeared him to his teammates, making it more palatable to accept his constructive criticism.
    "We all do our jobs because we're professionals and we take pride in what we do," left tackle Anthony Castonzo said. "But at the same time, when the game is on the line, you're blocking not only because of your profession but also for the fact that the quarterback is one of your buddies."
    Cherilus added: "For someone who plays his position, he does a really, really good job of being one of the guys."
    But in pressure situations, when games are being won and lost, Luck takes his intensity to a new level.
    "You live for high-pressure situations and hope you can perform in them," he said. "That can be the biggest litmus test of whether you're doing your job well or not and whether you'll have success or not."
    At those moments, Luck's voice rises, his eyes grow wider and you sense something big is about to happen.
    "That's where the fire really comes out," Wayne said. "He's just telling us we don't have time for mess-ups right now. He really puts his foot down."
    On Dec. 2, 2012, the Colts trailed the Lions 33-28 in the fourth quarter with less than two minutes to play. Luck came into the huddle and made a matter-of-fact statement.
    "Hey, let's do this," were his words, according to Castonzo. The Colts went on to drive 75 yards in 1:07, winning the game with a touchdown pass from Luck to Donnie Avery on the game's final play.
    "He came into the huddle," Castonzo said, "and there was no question that we were going to score."
    Perhaps it's no surprise Luck has notched eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in just 20 games as a pro. Unshaken by the most nerve-racking of situations, and unwilling to allow even the slightest mistakes to go unchecked, Luck's presence is among his most important attributes.
    And his impact on others is no small factor, either.
    "It really gets me fired up," Wayne said. "And it's funny, because if you look at him, he's probably the youngest guy in the huddle. But it really gets us going. It really excites me to sit back and watch him work."

    There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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    When it comes to off-field opportunities, the star QB is taking a nerdier approach

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    You find most athletes in Andrew Luck’s cohort — star quarterback — in commercials for brands like Subway (Robert Griffin III), McDonald’s (Colin Kaepernick, Joe Flacco), the Madden video game (Kaepernick and Russell Wilson), and Papa John’s (Peyton Manning. Lots and lots of Peyton Manning). Luck does have an endorsement deal with Nike. But when it comes to off-field business opportunities, the second-year QB, and Stanford grad, is taking a nerdier approach.

    MC10, a tech start-up based in Cambridge, Mass., is planning to announce on Thursday morning that Luck is joining its “Sports Advisory Board:” Luck gets an equity stake in the company. (Neither MC10, or Luck, would reveal the size of the stake). MC10 makes stretchable, ultra-thin computer chips that can attach unobtrusively to clothing, or even your skin. These sensors can, for example, provide real-time biofeedback to doctors, without a patient having to be attached to wires. MC10 won the Wall Street Journal’s technology innovation award, in the semiconductor category, in 2012; the World Economic Forum named MC10 a technology pioneer for 2013; TIME featured MC10′s bioelectronics technology in our “10 Ideas That Make A Difference” package earlier this year.

    MC10′s first commercial product, which was released in July, is particularly relevant to football. The Reebok Checklight — MC10 teamed up with the footwear and apparel company — is a skullcap with sensors, that fits under a football helmet. (Or bike helmet, hockey helmet, etc. A soccer player, for example, can wear it without a helmet). After a certain level of force is applied to a player’s head, a yellow or red light, which is attached to the cap but sticks out from underneath the back of the helmet, flashes: a yellow light indicates moderate impact. The red light, severe impact. The product does not claim to diagnose or prevent concussions. Rather, these lights are designed as an extra set of eyes for teammates, referees, coaches and trainers. If you see red, for example, get a player out of the game. The product retails for $150.

    (MORE: The NFL’s First, And Likely Last, 14-Hour Endurance Contest)

    Both Luck and MC10 see the product as most beneficial to younger players, who don’t have access to the same on-field medical expertise as the pros. “Head trauma is incredibly important,” says Luck, “not only for NFL and college, but you think about Pop Warner and pee-wee kids. I remember my dad coaching me in the fifth grade, and the first thing you learned was how to tackle properly. How to do it in the correct and safe way. And it was great, but there was no way to real-time monitor how much force or trauma your head is feeling on a certain play. The Checklight provides a real-time indicator of things. That’s a great starting point to begin your concussion symptom check.”

    Concussions are receiving even more attention than usual this week, with the debut of PBS’ powerful Frontline documentary, League of Denial, which aired on Tuesday night. The movie chronicled the NFL’s failure, for years, to acknowledge the long-term dangers of head trauma. Even with technological advances like MC10′s product, can football ever really be safe? “Probably part of the allure of football, is that sense of, ‘oh my gosh, something violent, and possibly harmful can happen,’” says Luck. “It seems to me that there’s somewhat of a market for it, right? But safety is important.” In one of the most powerful moments in League of Denial, Leigh Steinberg, former agent for Troy Aikman, told the story of how Aikman forgot where he was, several times, after sustaining a concussion in the 1994 NFC championship game. Does Luck worry about his own future? “Personally, no,” says Luck. “I don’t worry. As an athlete, once you start worrying about that, you lose your edge, in a sense. I do try to play safe. And playing safe as a quarterback, you try to slide, and not take as many hits. Get out of bounds, throw the ball away.”

    Luck has managed to stay injury-free and is having a stellar second year in the NFL. The Colts are 4-1, coming off a fourth-quarter comeback win on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, one of the best teams in the league. In his 21 NFL regular-season starts, Luck has led nine fourth-quarter comebacks. This season, he’s fourth in the league, behind Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, and Tony Romo, in ESPN’s total quarterback rating. “I don’t think about the sophomore slump,” says Luck. “I never went into the season saying, ‘oh my God, there’s a sophomore slump.’ Who knows if that’s real, a myth, or just a cool phrase people use.” Luck credits off-field adjustments for helping him avoid any jinx. “I think preparation has been a little better,” says Luck. “Understanding ‘ok, this is the film I need to watch today, this is what I need to do.’ That has definitely been helpful. Then taking care of my body is another thing. ‘OK, I need to get my massages on these days, need to make sure I get in the cold tub here.’”

    This off-season, the Colts signed NFL-veteran Matt Hasselbeck to backup Luck. Hasselbeck was already on MC10′s sports advisory board; one of Hasselbeck’s ex-teammtes in Seattle, linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski, is MC10′s head of sports products. (Kacyvenski, who played football for Harvard and also graduated from Harvard Business School, suffered seven diagnosed concussions during his eight-year NFL career). Hasselbeck got Luck interested in MC10, and made the connection with Kacyvenski. “He’s a great talker,” Luck said of Hasselbeck. “So I think that makes him a great salesman, right?” Luck is a Nike athlete, but stands to profit from the success of a Reebok-branded product. “To Nike’s credit,” says Luck, “they did their process, and said go ahead, full steam ahead. I definitely appreciate that from their end.”

    Luck was an architectural design major in college, and says he was attracted to MC10′s focus on practical products. “One of the things I miss most about school is doing an architecture project, and getting with a group and sitting down and having brainstorming sessions,” says Luck. “And drawing on the whiteboard and erasing and drawing more, and wishing you hadn’t erased what you drew because the first one was better.” Luck laughs. “You know, this creative group think tank experience, if you will, I miss in a sense, and I think this is a great way to sort of get in that mode.”

    Luck realizes that deals like this are often a PR move — star player lends his face, takes his cash, and is done with it. But he promises that he’ll be involved in company meetings and decisions, come the off-season. “Once I decided to go to the NFL, my thoughts were, let’s try to think outside the box on some of this stuff,” says Luck. “I wouldn’t engage in something in this manner if I didn’t feel like I can help, or if they wouldn’t value my opinion. Maybe a year from now we can have a conversation and see what happened. But I firmly believe it will be everything I hoped for, and more.”


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    There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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    http://espn.go.com/blog/indianapolis...espnapi_public

    With Andrew Luck, the numbers don't lie

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    INDIANAPOLIS -- Not that any further proof is necessary, but quarterback Andrew Luck continues to prove the Indianapolis Colts made the right decision in selecting him as the No. 1 overall pick.

    The numbers back it up, too.

    Second-Year Quarterbacks

    Player QBR Record
    Andrew Luck 77.1 4-1
    Russell Wilson 55.3 4-1
    Ryan Tannehill 44.9 3-2
    Robert Griffin III 29.1 1-3
    Brandon Weeden 25.0 0-2


    Luck has a quarterback rating of 77.1 this season. That’s good enough for the fourth highest in the league and is more than an 18-percent increase from last season.

    Need further proof that Luck is clearly ahead of his class? Check out the QBR and team record with second-year quarterbacks this season.

    RG III's QBR has dropped from 73.2 to 29.1 since last season.

    Here are a few more tidbits on why Luck is having a better overall season.

    His 88.4 QBR in the fourth quarter is third behind only Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (98.6) and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (93.0). Luck has led the Colts to two fourth quarter comebacks this season.

    Luck’s completion percentage has increased to 62.2 percent, up from 54.1 percent last season. He’s been able to complete a higher percentage because the Colts aren’t relying on him to beat teams with his arm. They’re the fourth best rushing team in the league.

    Luck still likes to fling the ball down field. Twenty-five percent of his attempts have been for 15 yards or longer, that’s barely less than the 27.1 percent he attempted last season. Luck is doing a better job of completing passes within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. He’s gone from 58.9 percent as a rookie to completing 68.9 percent of his attempts within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage this season.
    There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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    Take a look at this stat on 3rd down conversion percentage so far. Dude has 50% success and is ranked 2nd behind Peyton.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/te...irdDownConvPct
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    Take a look at this stat on 3rd down conversion percentage so far. Dude has 50% success and is ranked 2nd behind Peyton.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/te...irdDownConvPct
    Here's another incredible statistic. It's a team stat, but Luck obviously deserves a ton of credit for it:

    The Colts have outscored their opponents in the fourth quarter this year, 35-7. The only opposing points in the fourth quarter came from the Raiders in Week One, giving Oakland its first lead of the game.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ourth-quarter/

    That is one of the most jaw dropping statistics I've ever seen. We held both the 49ers and Seahawks scoreless in the fourth quarter. It's just amazing how we punched both of those teams in the mouth. It's incredible what we're building here. This franchise is just so damn fortunate to have had Luck fall right into our laps. I'm sure that the Texans, Jaguars, and Titans absolutely despise our good fortune. They had to watch Manning own the division for all of those years, but clung to the hope that we would sink back to mediocrity once he left. The hilarious irony is that we were so ill-equipped to survive without him in 2011 that we were rewarded with the number 1 pick in a draft that just happened to feature the most hyped prospect since Manning. Our obscenely good luck just has to drive our rivals crazy.

    I've said many times that I hated to see Manning's career here end the way it did, but this Luck kid is just something else. He has the cliche' "it" factor that is always talked about with athletes. He just finds a way to make winning plays when he has to. He will EASILY be the best QB in the NFL in a few years when age finally catches up to guys like Manning, Brees, and Brady. Heck, those guys and Rodgers are the only four quarterbacks that I'd put above Luck right now.

    And it's not just Luck that has me so excited about the Colts right now. I see a coaching staff and front office that is making a serious successful effort at improving weaknesses that hurt us in so many of the Manning years, mainly run game and defense. Pagano knows what a real NFL defense looks like after being in Baltimore, and Grigs is giving him the tools to make it work.

    A great quote from Simmons' column yesterday:

    That leaves Carroll, Pagano and Reid. Hmmmmmm. Andrew Luck has been our 2013 NPMVP (Non-Peyton MVP) through five weeks — he has turned a C-plus Colts team into a contender and beaten San Francisco and Seattle already. Pagano wouldn't just say "how you present yourself is huge" about someone like Luck. He's too good of a good talker; he'd throw in something like, "That's why he has a chance to be one of the all-time greats" just to really bang it home. Totally true, by the way. Through 14 months, we've seen nothing from Andrew Luck to make us think "one of the all-time greats" is unrealistic. He'd be the first pick in any You Can Have One Football Player For The Next 12 Years draft. He's playing so well that Colts fans aren't even fazed that Evil Manning is gunning for a 6-6-6 (6,000 yards, 600 points, 60 TDs). Anyway, Pagano is out.

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...line-love-hate

    I disagree with him about us being a "C plus" team, because I feel that our roster has improved quite a bit. Overall though, his point about Luck is spot on.
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    Him and Barnwell have been pissing all over the Colts from the off season. Barnwell described us as a terrible team after the loss vs Miami. I'm glad the Colts are shutting their mouth with their performances.








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