Andrew Luck could be much better in 2015 than we’ve ever seen him before, thanks to an offseason filled with difficult lessons. The best young quarterback in the game has vowed to get better after interceptions hurt his team last season.
Speaking with Peter King of MMQB.com, Luck expressed a desperate need to rid himself of the costly mistakes that kept the Colts from reaching the Super Bowl last year.
“The decision-making process bit me in the butt, which in turn hurt the Colts more than a couple times last year,” Luck said. “Obviously the Patriots games, and Philadelphia, second week of the season, I throw a bad pick in somewhat of a four-minute situation. I gotta learn, Just eat it, take the sack, throw it at his feet, whatever.”
Luck and the Colts offense was already dangerous enough last year, even while he was throwing ill-advised passes into triple-coverage at times. The fact that he’s making a point to improve in this area should frighten the daylights out of opposing defensive coordinators tasked with shutting him down.
Luck averaged 2.5 touchdowns (40 total) and one interception (16 total) last season. He threw four picks in the final two postseason contests against Denver and New England—the latter being the knock-out game in which he threw two interceptions while failing to score through the air.
That failure has driven Luck to work all the harder this offseason to improve in the area of ball security and decision-making.
“That’s what this off-season’s been about,” Luck said. “Don’t give them a chance. We watched every interception ad nauseam and we watched balls that should have been intercepted ad nauseam. We [coaches and backup QB Matt Hasselbeck] talk about it and say, ‘Why?’ Do you have the awareness to know where the team is in the game? Is it worth trying to fit a ball in there or not? Do you go out of bounds or do you not?”
If Luck does improve in this area, then the Colts are going to be nearly unstoppable on offense.
General manager Ryan Grigson added three potent weapons for his young gun-slinging quarterback in veterans Andre Johnson and Frank Gore, and rookie Phillip Dorsett, whom the team believes is the next DeSean Jackson.
Given the potent nature of this offense, any improvement in the realm of turnovers will greatly improve the Colts’ chances of winning games, and winning them handily.
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