If there was any doubt Andrew Luck would be the starting quarterback for the Colts in 2012, there shouldn’t be.
More accurately, there ain’t.
Even though he has missed Organized Team Activities due to the graduation schedule at Stanford, Luck will be installed as the No. 1 quarterback when he finally arrives for offseason workouts. “Ain’t no doubt,” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said, via Mike Chappel of the Indianapolis Star.
It’s hardly a surprise, especially in light of the rest of the quarterbacks on the depth chart. But it’s still interesting to see how different teams handle the question of whether to anoint a rookie quarterback as the starter before he has done anything to earn the position. The Colts and Redskins have handed the starting job to Luck and Robert Griffin III, respectively. Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill, the eighth overall pick, must unseat Matt Moore. And Browns rookie Brandon Weeden, the 22nd selection, is part of a competition that very well may be slanted in his favor, but Weeden still hasn’t been handed the job.
Regardless of his status, Luck still has to pay his dues. “He’s got to go through the fires just like everybody else did,” linebacker Robert Mathis said. “But he’s our leader. He’s the man, so let’s go.”
He’s now the man who is replacing the man named Peyton Manning. And that adds to the potential pressure.
“Yes, he’s replacing Peyton Manning, but Manning is no longer part of this team,” defensive end Corey Redding said. “Peyton did great things, but now it’s Luck. He has to come in and not even think about that. He has to come in and do great things for this team. He can’t have [Manning] in the back of his mind. This is the 2012 team. We’re moving forward.”
Ain’t no doubt they are. And ain’t no doubt it won’t be easy. Manning was 3-13 as a rookie, even though he had Marshall Faulk and Marvin Harrison to help him.
Ain’t no one named Marshall Faulk or Marvin Harrison on the roster now.