Andrew Luck Is A Top 5 Quarterback And Nobody’s Impressed — Why?
It's like a Charmander turned into Charizard and no one said, "Holy shit, Charmander. How the hell did you do that?"
Andrew Luck is an elite quarterback and no one is asking, "How the hell did he do that so fast?" It seemed like he skipped a step (*Charmeleon).
He would never ask for credit -- that's not his bag, baby. He went to Stanford and has been good at everything he's ever done. He operates intrinsically, robotically, superbly -- he does it thanklessly.
But how do you measure "elite"? Yardage? He leads the league with 2,731 yards. Touchdowns? He's tied with Peyton Manning for the best in the league with 22. Now that you mentioned Manning (*I know, I mentioned Manning. I did that on purpose), let's talk about the pizza tycoon with a surgically-repaired neck. Manning is the best quarterback in the league and the best regular season quarterback in the history of the game. Manning left the Colts and Andrew Luck replaced him.
I repeat: Andrew Luck stepped in and replaced the best regular season quarterback ever. And no one complained in the process. In three years, he's suddenly become one of the league's few elite quarterbacks. And while no one's complained, no one has given the poor kid his daps (*I am told daps are the cool version of kudos).
So the Colts handed Luck the keys to the stadium, and "Peyton" was still written on them in sharpee. He made the Colts comfortable in Peyton's passing. He did that while also being compared to another quarterback, Robert Griffin III, who was selected second in the 2012 Draft, just after Luck. The Redskins cut off their first, second and third leg for RG3.
No pressure Andrew. We're going to forever tie your fate to Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III. You'll always be compared to both of them -- forever. So, really, no pressure. Just go out there and be as good or better than them, and maybe we'll forget them.
Well, he did that. The first year, he was a little -- but not far -- behind. Otherwise, he's been damn good.
Now in his third year, the 25-year-old is considered elite. And three years is incredibly fast. Brady won a Super Bowl in his second year, but he didn't wow anyone statistically until 2002, his third season when he threw 28 touchdowns and 3,764 yards. Drew Brees took about four years to really dominate the league when he threw 27 touchdowns and 3,159 yards. Rodgers didn't even play until his fourth season, but when he did, he tore it up. The only quarterback to accomplish similar statistics to Luck is Peyton Manning. So, Luck is in Brady-Brees-Rodgers-Manning territory.
Luck has eight fourth quarter comebacks in the last three years. He's 27-13 as a starter. His first year with a team that was previously the worst in the league, he went 11-5. And he could help you renovate your house (*I am told he knows a thing or two about architecture and engineering).
But la-de-fricken-da, right? Because Mel Kiper Jr. slicked his hair back with an entire tin of palm-aid and said Luck was the best prospect he's seen since Elway. Kiper called it, so Elway is like Luck's floor of potential, right?
No, no, no.
This is where the football world is wrong. Jamarcus Russell was probably going to be the next somebody -- so was Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, David Carr and Art Schlichter. They were all the next great quarterback. That's why they were all drafted in the Top 3 of their respective drafts. Plenty of "sure-things" have busted. We threw tantrums when those guys failed. We shook our heads and probably thought: Should have known it was too good to be true.
So let's not just brush Andrew Luck off with a "Told you so." Let's celebrate him. He's not five or 10 seasons in. But he's already stepped in and done what few quarterbacks can do -- he's turned around a franchise. Now, he's stepped into the elite quarterback echelon. So don't blink, because someday Manning and Brady will suck and won't play. Then, he's it.
Evan as a Patriots fan, I'm not even mad. I'm just impressed.
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