The first half of Andrew Luck’s debut for the Colts is over, and it’s time to take a look at what we saw. Holy cow, what did we not see? It would be tough to imagine anyone on the Colts wishing for more from Luck, the No. 1 pick, than what they saw as his team took a 21-3 lead over the Rams.
Luck dropped a perfect screen pass into the arms of RB Donald Brown for a 63-yarder to open the game. Ho hum. He found a coverage bust and rainbowed a perfect pass into the arms of Austin Collie for a 23-yard touchdown to make it 14-0. And his needle-threading pass to Quan Cosby for 32 yards set up score number three.
The thing that stands out to me is how relaxed he looks. He is poised, even under intense scrutiny from the outside world and pressure from Rams pass-rushers. I talked to his father, Oliver Luck, yesterday, and he predicted Luck would be calm. “Matter-of-fact” is how he termed it. And he was. The man knows his son.
“I think that he’s taking sort of the same approach to training camp and the OTAs that he was able to participate, he’s taken the same approach that he did in college,” Oliver Luck, the West Virginia AD, told me. “Pretty matter-of-fact. I think he’s one of these guys that believes there’s no substitute for hard work, getting reps and all that, trying to learn as much as he can. I think he’s a pretty quick learner, which is good. Because, think about it, he hasn’t had that many hours of practice time, prep time. But at the end of the day, football’s football. I think it’ll pick up mentally the system that Bruce Arians is putting in fairly quickly. It’s sort of interesting because everybody is in the same boat offensively, all starting from the same point.“
“I think he’ll take it matter-of-factly,” the elder Luck said.
It’s been that way. Calm, cool, collected. Luck has been on the run a lot and has shown fantastic escapability. He’ll need to with a shaky line. He overcame three drops on one drive to hit Collie for a first-down on the sidelines. He’s, smartly, thrown it away twice. On one of them, veteran WR Reggie Wayne was so excited with the intelligent decision that he threw his hands up in celebration.
At the half, Luck was 10 of 16 for 188 yards and two TDs, a QB rating of 142.7. When the second half began, he was done.
Like I said… too early for the Hall of Fame?