Well, the hype surrounding Colts QB Andrew Luck seems to be real. He had one stellar game (against the Vikings), two steady games, and probably the most impressive thing is that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians doesn’t treat him like a rookie.
One interesting thing that’s come up this week as I’ve been shuttling back and forth between Indy and Green Bay is that Luck is starting to get compared to the dude he’s facing this week. The thought is that Luck (in a few years) = Aaron Rodgers.
That’s what the Colts hope.
“Very similar,” interim coach Bruce Arians said when asked to compare Rodgers and Luck. “Aaron’s very mobile, very accurate, got good velocity. Obviously he can handle a fast-paced game or a slow-paced game. I think they’re very similar in a lot of ways. Their size, athleticism. They’re very similar. It’s a good comparison. When I said five-star players this week, I wasn’t just talking about (Dwight) Freeney and (Robert) Mathis, Luck’s one of them too.”
Smart, quick release, the way the team revolves around them, the unexpected athleticism. I can see some similarities. Now, Luck has a LOT of work to do before reaching Rodgers’ status. Being a number one pick guarantees him nothing. But one can imagine the possibilities.
Listen to Packers coach Mike McCarthy explain what he sees.
“I think they are both guys that were born to play the position,” McCarthy said. “That’s one thing as you watch Andrew Luck go through college, there is no surprise where he was drafted and that he started from the first day. Aaron’s path was a little different. He had a chance to sit and learn. But yeah, you are talking about two very talented individuals.”
They are clearly in very different situations. Rodgers waited a full three years to play (behind some guy whose name I forget), while Luck was in the lineup right away. Through three games, Luck has amassed a 75.4 passer rating, going 65 of 122 (53.3 percent) for 846 yards with five TDs and four INTs. Through his first three starts back in 2008, Rodgers was 64 of 99 (65 percent) for 826 yards with four touchdowns and no picks. Not completely in Rodgers’ favor, though it’s definitely slanted that way.
When I was in Green Bay on Thursday, I asked Packers QB coach Ben McAdoo for his thoughts.
“What I will say is, what I’m comfortable talking about with Andrew is, I’ve seen him at the Combine,” McAdoo told me. “And I was definitely surprised by his athleticism. I didn’t realize he had as good a body control as he has. I think he has all the measurable athletically. He’s obviously a bright guy, and I think he can get – when he moves well in the pocket – he creates some things. He extends some plays, when things break down around him. There may be some similarities.”
Like most involved with scouting, McAdoo finds it helps to look at a player and say, I think this prospect could turn into this. Will Luck turn into Rodgers? We’ll see…
“It’s hard to say that a guy’s going to be like Aaron in three years,” McAdoo continued. “What you do is, you look at a guy and usually they’ll remind you of someone that played in the league and you try to (compare). It may help in the evaluation process, but you try not to get hung up on that.”
This is a comparison that’ll leave me thinking on Sunday…