Though it would be fitting for a quarterback named Luck to play for a team with a horseshoe on its helmet, anyone who thinks that the Colts will deliberately lose games to win a shot at the Stanford quarterback needs to think again.
The so-called “Suck for Luck” campaign, which fans of several teams are at least pondering early in the season, makes no sense in Indy, for several reasons.
First, and as Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC pointed out during halftime of the Notre Dame game on Saturday, coaches and players simply aren’t wired to lose games on purpose.
Second, the coach whose team “earns” the first pick in the draft also likely “earns” a pink slip.
Third, Colts defensive end Robert Mathis has made it clear via Twitter (per NFL.com) that there will be no tanking for luck.
But if the Colts somehow end up with dibs on Luck, things could get interesting. Peyton Manning surely will prefer that the pick be used to help him win another Super Bowl or two, and the rights to Luck could be traded for multiple high-round draft picks and/or veteran players at positions other than quarterback.
King thinks the Colts won’t care, and that the front office won’t hesitate to take Luck, if the opportunity presents itself.
Depending on whether the Colts can win games without Manning, it could become one of the biggest story lines of the 2012 offseason.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!