Louisville, KY June 10, 2015 (Analyzed Sports) By: Charron Elliott
Did Andrew Finally Get Lucky?
With the 1st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Indianapolis Colts selected starting quarterback Andrew Luck out of Stanford University. Luck went on to have a stellar rookie year leading the Colts to a regular season record of 11-5, a team that won just two games in the 2011 NFL season. However the Colts would lose in the AFC Wildcard game 9-24 to the Baltimore Ravens. In the game Luck had a total quarterback rating of just 31.2 and a passer rating of 59.8.
In the 2013 NFL regular season Andrew Luck threw just nine interceptions and scored 23 passing touchdowns. He also completed 343/570 (60%) of his pass attempts and rushed for four touchdowns. The Colts ended up with a similar regular season record of 11-5 but finished first in the AFC South Division. The Colts defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44 in the AFC Wild Card game. Luck scored four passing touchdowns in the game but managed to throw three interceptions as well. He completed 29/45 of his passes (64%) for 443 yards and had a passer rating of 98.7. However Luck and the Colts lost to the New England Patriots in the Divisional Playoff game 43-22. Luck scored just two touchdowns, threw four interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of just 25.
Last year the Colts finished the regular season with a record of 11-5 again and won the AFC South Division for the 2nd straight year. Andrew Luck threw 16 interceptions (a career high), but he did throw 40 touchdown passes as well (another career high). Luck and the Colts beat the Bengals in the AFC Wild Card game, but he really made a statement in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game. The Colts would defeat the Denver Broncos 24-13, a team that included former Colts QB Peyton Manning. In the game Luck threw for 265 yards, threw two touchdown passes, and two interceptions. Then in the AFC Championship game Luck and the Colts lost to the Patriots again 45-7! He finished the game with a passer rating of 23, a QBR of 17, two interceptions, and completed just 36% of passes.
So what have the Colts done this off-season to help their starting QB on offense? Well they added two veterans in wide receiver Andre Johnson (formerly of the Houston Texans) and running back Frank Gore (formerly of the San Francisco 49ers). Johnson over his 11 seasons in the NFL has tallied 1,012 receptions, 13,597 receiving yards, and 64 touchdowns. Frank Gore had 1,106 rushing yards last season, while Colts running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson rushed for just 944 yards combined. The Colts also added another wide receiver in rookie Phillip Dorsett in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Dorsett, in his four years at the University of Miami had 17 touchdown receptions and 2,132 yards receiving.
Andrew Luck will definitely have more weapons alongside him on offense, which could be the difference in the Colts taking that next step forward in the AFC. “He’s the best QB in the NFL,” said Andre Johnson of his new teammate and Luck will have a chance to prove Johnson right as the 2015 NFL season slowly approaches.