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Andrew Luck Is the Best Rookie Quarterback and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On November 16, 2012 @ 8:33 am In Colts News | No Comments
Andrew Luck  is the best of the rookie quarterbacks.
Today’s article of the day comes from Mike Sando, Paul Kuharsky and Dan Graziano of ESPN.com debate who is the best rookie quarterback  between Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson.
The arguments for Luck are not so simplistic as “trust your eyes.” Of course, those who watch Luck play are wowed by him, but as I’ve pointed out before, there’s plenty of hard data  to justify the attention Luck’s receiving.
The reason why Luck trumps RGIII and Wilson in advanced metrics but trails in more conventional stats is because of the vertical nature of the offense he plays in. Luck is a bit of a statistical oddity, excelling on 3rd-and-long.
Indianapolis is third in the NFL  on third-down conversions , and Luck’s ability to run and pass is a huge reason why. His running metrics are similar to RGIII’s despite fewer raw yards, because he’s so effective at picking up first downs.
There are plenty of stats to show Luck is the best rookie. Sometimes the challenge isn’t eyes versus numbers, but merely finding the right numbers.
With Luck, it’s not about wins and it’s not about the wow factor. He has both in spades, but where he truly excels is in the ability to be productive at sustaining drives and moving the chains.
The numbers behind the numbers say it’s not even close right now.
Andrew Luck is the best of the rookie quarterbacks.
I appear with Tuck and O’Neill on AM 1040  in Orlando to talk general NFL stuff.
Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report  presents his Thinking Man’s Guide to Week 11.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland  has an entertaining look at the five worst passes of 2012.
Jason Lisk of The Big Lead  examines deferring after the coin toss.
Chase Stuart of Football Perspective  posts his power rankings.
Houston Texans 
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports  looks at Jason Campbell’s play against Houston.
Kuharsky has interesting thoughts  on the hit that ended Brian Cushing’s season.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle  says Gary Kubiak is patient.
Kuharsky says  the Texans can make the Super Bowl.
Indianapolis Colts 
Andy Benoit of the Football Outsiders  breaks down film of Andrew Luck and loves what he sees.
Chuck Culpepper of Sports on Earth  says Luck looks like he’s 28.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star  wonders about Luck’s “neard.”
Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star  says rookies are contributing.
Tennessee Titans 
Tom Gower of Total Titans  has a snap report for the Titans’ defense.
John Glennon of the Tennessean  profiles Deuce Lutui.
David Boclair of the City Paper  focuses on timely takeaways by Jason McCourty.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union  profiles Cameron Bradfield.
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union  posts a notebook.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Andrew Luck: http://bleacherreport.com/andrew-luck
 debate who is the best rookie quarterback: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/43649/rg3-luck-wilson-debating-rookie-qbs
 Kerry Byrne of Cold Hard Football Facts: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&ved=0CEwQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.footballnation.com%2Fcontent%2Fwheres-the-hype-russell-wilson-nfls-best-rookie-qb-so-far%2F19228%2F&ei=4SymUIHUGMj-qwG0nYGwBw&usg=AFQjCNFJRzyMYuhjihqOvTi-n6T8xeenpQ
 on air on Wednesday on this very topic: http://www.patriots.com/media-center/audio/Cold_Hard_Football_Facts_11142012/e5305325-fa68-488e-84a0-bb07e888fe5d
 plenty of hard data: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1368257-comparing-andrew-luck-to-robert-griffin-iii-and-other-afc-south-must-reads
 NFL: http://bleacherreport.com/nfl
 on third-down conversions: http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/downs
 Tuck and O’Neill on AM 1040: http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/tuck-and-oneill-11-14-12/
 Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1409896-the-thinking-mans-guide-nfl-week-11-predictions
 Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/42867/the-five-worst-passes-of-the-2012-nfl-season
 The Big Lead: http://www.thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/11/15/deferring-the-coin-flip-maybe-it-is-not-a-toss-up-decision/
 Lisk says: http://www.thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/11/15/eli-mannings-foolish-interceptions-come-from-the-same-mentality-that-produced-winning-plays/
 Eli Manning: http://bleacherreport.com/eli-manning
 Football Perspective: http://www.footballperspective.com/week-10-power-rankings/
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 Pro Football Focus: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/11/15/watt-an-assignment/
 Bears: http://bleacherreport.com/chicago-bears
 CBS Sports: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/20991500/after-further-review-the-best-backup-qb-option-for-contenders-its-not-who-you-think
 Kuharsky has interesting thoughts: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/43661/on-jay-cutlers-head-vs-brian-cushings-knee
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/11/texans%e2%80%99-phillips-says-nfl-fines-biased-against-defenders/
 Wade Phillips: http://bleacherreport.com/wade-phillips
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/11/kubiak-quick-to-credit-supporting-cast-for-success/
 Kuharsky says: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/43616/why-texans-will-reach-super-bowl
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Indianapolis Star: http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2012/11/15/qa-with-colts-gm-ryan-grigson-part-one/
 Here’s part two: http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2012/11/16/qa-with-colts-gm-ryan-grigson-part-two/
 Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/film-room/2012/film-room-colts-patriots
 Sports on Earth: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/40295854/?tcid=tw_share
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121115/SPORTS15/211150361
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121115/SPORTS03/211160313/Thrust-into-key-roles-Colts-rookies-delivering-far-season
 Kuharsky compares: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/43618/measuring-rookie-luck-against-rookie-manning
 Peyton Manning: http://bleacherreport.com/peyton-manning
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 Total Titans: http://www.totaltitans.com/2012-articles/november/titans-bye-week-snap-report-defense.html
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121115/SPORTS01/311150091/Lutui-adds-dash-fun-Titans-offensive-line?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 City Paper: http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/sports/mccourty-makes-his-mark-timely-takeaways-titans-defense
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-11-16/story/jaguars-cameron-bradfield-gets-tough-lessons
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-11-16/story/jaguars-notebook-running-game-stalled-rashad-jennings-takes
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