The Wasting Away of Andrew Luck

Posted: August 15, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump / @Hoosier_Hoops

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If I told you that Andrew Luck, sooner rather than later, is going to be taking snaps for the Indianapolis Colts for his 6th NFL season – does that catch you off guard, even if it’s just for a brief moment? Did you let out a small gasp?  Is it as amazing to you, as it is to me – that this franchise is hell-bent on ruining a prodigious football talent by stumbling and bumbling around with incompetent General Managers and coaches with more bark than bite?

Six years?  Already?

It leaves me flabbergasted.

It makes me angry.

Perhaps no franchise in the history of the National Football League “lucked” (so awful – sorry) into back to back QB talents like the Indianapolis Colts did with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Green Bay comes to mind but even then, Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench for several years before taking over the Pack.  This was a clean break in Indy.  Peyton was unceremoniously released and Luck was drafted a few months later.  I won’t waste your time with the details because if you’re a fan of the Colts, you know them all too well.

Colts’ Owner Jim Irsay hired rookie GM Ryan Grigson and Indianapolis enjoyed some initial success. No question.  Grigson had a good first draft, nabbing Luck, TY Hilton and others – and hopes were, fair or not, sky high.  But soon after, Grigson fell as flat on his face as someone could fall – turning a once-proud NFL franchise into a run-of-the-mill, mediocre, 8-8 has-been.  The atrocious AFC South, a division the Colts had owned since its inception – became unconquerable.  Absolutely crazy.

Andrew Luck has played five NFL seasons and has never had a good offensive line. It’s the truth.

Andrew Luck has played five NFL seasons and has never had a great running back. That’s true, too.

Andrew Luck has played five NFL seasons and has never had a good defense. Care to argue?

Andrew Luck has played five NFL seasons and has one good coach – his rookie season: Bruce Arians.

By all accounts, Chuck Pagano is a damn good man. He’s an exceptionally good fit for the Indianapolis community and after his bout with cancer – a great champion to those, especially children, who battle the disease.  He would be the kind of neighbor you’d pay to have live next door.  The kind of guy that if you saw hanging out in his garage, would walk over and offer him a beer so you could shoot the breeze.

But he’s a terrible football coach.  God awful.

If you need me to back those statements up with fact, quit reading this column and move on to the next.  Seriously, we’re done here.  If you can’t see it, then you just don’t know and that’s okay but you need to be reading something else.

If you need a coach that can come up with a sensational cliché, then Chuck is your guy. If you need a man to be tough, to hold his players accountable, to demand smart play – he’s not the one.  He just isn’t.  He never will be, either.

Make no mistake about it – this is Chuck’s last stand. The only way he’s back next season is if the Colts make it to the AFC Championship game.  That’s it.  New Colts’ GM Chris Ballard will most certainly hire “his guy” at the first available opportunity and believe you me, Chuck Pagano is not him.

As a matter of fact, if the Colts start out 0-2 or even 1-2, with or without Andrew Luck, I could see Ballard lopping off Chuck’s head and going another direction. We’ll see.

Again, Jim Irsay hasn’t done Andrew Luck any favors whatsoever. We are smack dab in the absolute middle of Luck’s prime years and the Vegas books have the Colts over/under win total pegged at 8.  Seriously?  8 wins?  Again?  Sure, there’s real uncertainty over Andrew’s surgically repaired shoulder labarum but this is the state of this franchise.  This is the deal.  This is the reality of it all.  This is the culmination of Irsay making terrible decision after terrible decision.  This is a team that’s not even predicted to win its own division.  Hell, it’s not even predicted to finish second in the AFC South!

This is Indianapolis not protecting their franchise quarterback so he tries to make plays that almost rupture his liver and end a season.

This is Indianapolis not protecting their franchise quarterback and allowing his shoulder to be practically torn apart, attempting to play through the pain.

Andrew Luck is getting ready to start his 6th NFL season and he’s further away from a championship now, then he was when he was a rookie.

That’s frightening.

That’s unacceptable.

Tick-tock, Indianapolis.  Andrew Luck is already entering his prime and you should be concerned that the first five years were essentially wasted.

Don’t blink.


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