Amazing Andrew and Comeback Colts still have work left to do
“It’s like Jordan when he’d take that last shot — he wants the ball,” said Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson after Andrew Luck’s latest and greatest second-half heroics.
Head coach Chuck Pagano would seem to agree. He envisions Luck becoming one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
Monumental praise for a sophomore quarterback that stepped in after the greatest quarterback of all-time was pushed out.
In one of the greatest games in the NFL’s history, Luck looked like absolute greatness when he took control last Sunday and delivered the Colts’ first postseason win since 2009.
Before the 2012 season, pundits were calling for the Colts to once again finish with one of the worst records in the NFL, but fast forward to January 2013 and the Colts are in the thick of a superstar-filled playoff hunt.
However, in fairness to those who initially doubted the Colts ability to rebound quickly, no one could have expected Andrew Luck to mature this rapidly, regardless of what the tape showed. The world knew he had talent, but to successfully lead a team as a franchise quarterback, talent only takes you so far.
Just ask Matt Stafford.
Luck’s ability to totally refresh his mind and delete any prior misfortunes in a game – like the world witnessed on Sunday – have rendered him as some sort of a football robot.
“Oh, I threw three interceptions? No problem. I’ll just throw four touchdowns and leap for another.”
“Oh, we’re down by 25 points? No problem. I’ll just score 35 more.”
Watching Luck develop so rapidly and effortlessly is scary. If he is only to get better with more experience, what can we expect of him 5 years from now?
While it’s totally ridiculous to already compare Andrew Luck to one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports, the greater point of Ryan Grigson’s statement is the resiliency and leadership that Luck has so brilliantly displayed.
Once again, talent only takes you so far. It’s intangibles that Luck continually displays that could make him one of the greats, as his coach gushed.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Andrew Luck might’ve had his official “I have arrived” moment on Sunday, but the sophomore quarterback was absolutely dreadful during many crucial points of the game.
And this team, despite all of its energy and “can’t hold me down” mentality, is a team that finds itself as a 7.5 point underdog against the injury-plagued New England Patriots.
If the Colts walk away from New England with their tails between their legs, the mesmerizing finish in the wildcard round will quickly fade. The game will surely be remembered as one of the greatest ever, but this remains a “what have you done for me lately” league.
The people of Indianapolis want Super Bowls, and until this team finds itself hoisting another Lombardi with such immense talent at quarterback, the city will be unsatisfied, as will the man who funds the horseshoe, owner and Twitter extraordinaire Jim Irsay.
No one is trying to rain on the wildcard parade because what this team was able to accomplish was truly amazing. There’s no doubt about that.
But it’s a new week and there are three more games to win. “What have you done for me lately?” they’ll ask come Saturday night.
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