20 Oct 2013
At ESPN Insider I look at the differences, found through game charting, in Andrew Luck's performance this year compared to last. The change at offensive coordinator has had its impact.
Andrew Luck was one of the most hyped quarterback prospects of all time, but his traditional statistics do not always suggest he's worthy of the praise.
However, Luck is as good as any young quarterback ever has been at situational football: running the hurry-up/no-huddle offense, converting on third down (especially long situations) and leading game-winning drives.
If he's to be as good or better than Peyton Manning, then he has to be allowed to do more than hand off to Trent "3.0" Richardson or watch fullback Stanley Havili take snaps away from T.Y. Hilton. These are still the Colts. Watching a quarterback carry the team is the norm, Jim Irsay.
5 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2013, 4:22pm by mmeiselman
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