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Colts vs. Steelers: Will Andrew Luck Have the Help He Needs to Win in 2012?

Posted By Michael Schottey On August 19, 2012 @ 11:00 pm In Colts News | No Comments

Andrew Luck [1] is ready for the NFL [2], but will the Indianapolis Colts [3] give him the help he needs to win this season?

In Week 2 of the preseason, Luck finished 16-of-25 for 175 yards (7.0 avg) with two interceptions and a 51.3 rating. However, those numbers don’t tell the entire story as Luck looked much better than his stat line and led three scoring drives.

Overall, Luck only made one “horrible” throw against the Steelers [4]—a pick-six to Ike Taylor. In the second half, Luck would admit to NBC’s Michelle Tafoya that he thought “Oh no” as the the ball left his hands.

The second interception should have been a catch (and potentially a touchdown) by fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton, but the ball bounced off of the receiver’s hands and Luck gets credited with an interception that wasn’t the least bit his fault.

As the Colts [5] continue to rebuild, surrounding Luck with talent needs to be priority No. 1.

Right now, Luck’s biggest weapon happens to also be the best weapon of his entire career—Reggie Wayne. The three-time All Pro has almost seamlessly transitioned to a new quarterback and a new offense. Luck targeted Wayne nine times versus Pittsburgh and Wayne finished with six receptions and 74 yards.

Donald Brown has looked good this preseason as well. The running back has yet to pay dividends on his 2009 first-round selection, but he is building chemistry with Luck and making plays in the open field. He might never make fans forget about Edgerrin James, but an improved Brown could do much for Luck’s rookie season.

The Colts also spent two solid draft picks to immediately provide Luck with enviable tight end depth. His former college roommate, Coby Fleener, should be fantastic sooner rather than later for the Colts, and Clemson alum Dwayne Allen presents a matchup nightmare whenever he is on the field.

The real worry is that the Colts’ new-look offensive line won’t be able to give Luck the time he needs. Worse yet, if Luck is harassed relentlessly, could he undergo the same “shellshock” that David Carr had to deal with in Houston [6]? With so many moving parts along the line, the jury is still out, but the early returns have not been good.

Perhaps that’s the best way to answer this question for the Colts. It’s almost impossible to predict who will gel with who (and when), and if anyone on this team outside of the true core players will be part of the Colts’ long-term plans.  

The Colts did well to pick up a fantastic quarterback to begin the post-Manning era. Yet, even though quarterback is the most important position on the field, Luck will need plenty of help from his friends in blue and white.

Right now, he clearly doesn’t have it, but Indy has put more pieces in place than critics admit. As Luck matures in this brand-new offense, expect some of his teammates to follow suit.

The Colts may not see the results in the win-loss column in 2012, but a solid blueprint is in place.


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