In Indianapolis, and the general NFL community, expectations for Andrew Luck are extremely high. They were high as soon as he chose to enter the NFL Draft, with scouts calling him the best prospect since John Elway.
With Luck replacing the possible greatest of all time in Indianapolis, and playing extremely well in both of his first two games, the expectations and projections for Luck have continued to shoot upwards, with each grandiose statement more absurd than the last.
After visiting the Colts' camp last week, Peter King has been very vocal of his impression of Andrew Luck, and it has been extremely favorable. In this week's past Mailbag, King gave is most positive review yet, saying that he would pick Andrew Luck over every quarterback in the NFL, other than Aaron Rodgers, if he was going to start a franchise today.
From the column:
"GOOD TO SEE AN EMAIL FROM DUBAI. "If you were picking between Cam Newton (who already has one record-breaking season under his belt) or Andrew Luck (yet to play in a regular season game) today, who would you choose?''
-- From Talal, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Luck. I'd choose Luck over any current quarterback except probably Aaron Rodgers if we're talking about which quarterback I'd want to build my franchise around. It's simple: I think Luck has a good chance to be a top-three quarterback over the next 15 years, and he has an age edge over the great ones today."
To many fans, the hype and praise, such as this, that Andrew Luck has been receiving lately is a bit premature. Luck has yet to play in a regular season game, while players like Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan have.
To those who have watched Andrew Luck play this preseason however, have heard the glowing reviews coming out of camp, and listened to his interviews, this assessment doesn't seem quite so far-fetched.
In his first two preseason games, Andrew Luck has been phenomenal. In his first game, he had a near perfect game, with his lone miscue coming when he misjudged how high Joe Reitz could jump on a trick goal line play. During the Steelers game, Luck was a bit confused over the first few series in terms of reading the coverages and blitzes. However, after the first quarter, Luck settled down and had a fantastic second quarter. Sure, it's just the preseason, and you have to take everything lightly, but there has been very little to suggest that Luck will not become a top quarterback in the NFL.
We know he has the potential, the question now is will he do it? Personally, I'd side with King. There is no other person I'd rather have at quarterback right now as the Colts rebuild.
I don't put much stock in PK's opinion. If Skip Bayless were to come out and say the same thing, I might jump off a bridge.
Peter King isn't known for being right, often. This is way, way, way too soon. Tim Couch had a good preseason his first year. Ryan Leaf had a good presesason.
Preseason means almost nothing. Aaron Rodgers was 12-22 for 156 yards and a pick yesterday. Is he suddenly average?
I think Andrew Luck will be very good. I think he has been impressive. But it is still preseason. No teams have gameplanned for the Colts. If he has even a decent performance against the Bears in Wk 1, that would mean more than what he's done so far.
BTW, because he's already played a season, I would take Cam after Rodgers. Luck could easily have a rookie season of Newton-ian quality, but let's see him do it first in games that matter.
Wow, I love Luck and am floored that he's our QB, but that's still quite a bold statement by Peter King. As said below, I can't wait to see Luck in the regular season against defenses that are planning and scheming for us. The kid is driven, and barring the unforeseen should excel for us. All this massive amount of hype just makes me nervous, though.
@abkelley74 Yes, because I SAID Peter King said that. I didn't even write that article. You need to get a grip.
Yes, what's really convincing to me, is that he's just the player he was in college ... Not showing he's learned something that he didn't do in college (not sure what that would be). Yes, he's learning a lot because the game is faster and more complex, etc. but he's the same guy ... Composed, focused, works on moving the ball and scoring (not his stats or looking pretty), gets better in tough situations, is a team first player who has the backs of his teammates ... And he's having fun ...
Pre-Season or not... it is amazing that wtih some players, you just know. (And using King's criteria, I'd take Luck over anyone.)
I am already bracing myself for the Great Horse Wars of 2013-2015. (Denver vs. Indy)
man i cant wait for the preseason to be over so when Luck does well in the regular season i can FINALLY start letting myself enjoy the hype and praise without the grain of salt
@dmstorm22 I think he and everyone else are being pretty clear about how early this is. I have no Robles with people sharing first impressions and agree that Luck has been incredibly impressive ... Which doesn't mean he's a certainty. Anyway, The point isn't the stats ... So, no, Rogers hasn't become average as far as I can tell. I don't think (or care) if Luck has Cam Newton type stats. I wouldn't surprised if Luck led more scoring drives and had as many wins ... But that's how Luck will measure himself an I'll go along with tht any day. As I understand it, Luck's stats are not what Peter King is basing his impression on ... Luck's much better than his stats and watching him handle the team, respond to blitzes, broken coverage, mistakes, etc ... Luck has really been awesome and has been exactly as billed ... Exactly as he performed in college. Great to see that happening at the next level. Of course, performance against the Bears will mean more than all ths in the preseason.