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Luck can’t start against Steelers like he did vs. Rams

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s finding out in a hurry he doesn’t get to play the Rams every week.

After lighting it up in his preseason debut, the first pick in the draft is having a rough start tonight in Pittsburgh, including an interception which Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor returned for a touchdown.

He was then sacked on his next snap, compounding what’s turning into an much tougher night than his debut.

He was 6-of-12 for 76 yards and the interception in the first quarter, a far cry from the 10-of-16 for 188 yards and two touchdowns last week, including a touchdown on his firts professional pass. He did lead a touchdown drive in the second quarter moments ago, showing some poise.

But on the pick-six, Luck locked onto a receiver like a rookie does, and then didn’t get much on the throw, allowing Taylor an easy path to it.

Because he’s so mature, people are going to forget he’s still a first year player. And when he goes against someone with the experience of Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, he’s going to struggle at times. The best do. How he handles it will determine if Luck joins them.

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40 Responses to “Luck can’t start against Steelers like he did vs. Rams”
  1. truthfactory says: Aug 19, 2012 8:57 PM

    His stats may not be great, but he stil looks poised and in control. Lot of those incomplete passes came while his WRs were being mugged and some no-calls by the refs

  2. trseann says: Aug 19, 2012 8:59 PM

    I dunno.. As an objective fan of an NFC team, I gotta say, despite the early hiccups in the game, the kid can play.

  3. stonecoldsays says: Aug 19, 2012 9:03 PM

    DTA now stands for Don’t Trust Andrewluck. I can’t wait to see RGIII and the Redskins stomp a mudhole on Luck and the Colts next game, this season and for the rest of their careers and that’s the bottom line cause Stone Cold said so!

  4. stonecoldsays says: Aug 19, 2012 9:04 PM

    Oh and RGIII hasn’t thrown an INT.

  5. floridaboy619 says: Aug 19, 2012 9:04 PM

    I really like Luck he seems to learn from his mistakes ASAP. Once he gets through a full season against NFL defense’s hell get really good real quick. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts had a winning season one bit.

  6. stonecoldsays says: Aug 19, 2012 9:07 PM

    Two picks hahaha. Can’t believe folks think this guy is even in RGIII’s talent class. Oh hell no.

  7. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: Aug 19, 2012 9:14 PM

    a shot at the rams when the story is a about the colts and Steelers. unnecessary.

  8. andrewproughcfe says: Aug 19, 2012 9:15 PM

    Tomlin and LeBeau sending a friendly little message to Bruce Arians?

    Luck is doing the same lock-on garbage Andy Dalton did all last year. Works great against the Rams and the other poor defenses — kills you against experienced DB’s. He’s definitely way overrated at this point in his career – going to be a LONG rookie season.

  9. bradygazelle says: Aug 19, 2012 9:17 PM

    I don’t know how the other players on the team can take him seriously with the way he looks. My goodness, I would have taken him off my draft board if I was a GM.

  10. addlehead4 says: Aug 19, 2012 9:20 PM

    thats because RG3 throws the matt leinhart passes (5 yard in and out routes). kinda hard to throw a pick when you are throwing the check down.

  11. sir1389 says: Aug 19, 2012 9:24 PM

    I know saying your first NFL pass goes for a TD sounds cool enough but lets be honest, it was a slip screen, in which 99.9% of the work was done by Donald Brown and his O-line.

  12. KIR says: Aug 19, 2012 9:28 PM

    I’m a huge RG3 fan, however, right now Luck is a better quarterback. He has no weaknesses and he looks like he’s been in the league 5 years. Lucks already a top 10 quarterback. It will take RG3 at least 3 years to get that type of experience and possibly catch up.

  13. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Aug 19, 2012 9:32 PM

    WOW!

    Replacement refs suck, big time.

  14. 72goober11 says: Aug 19, 2012 9:33 PM

    These replacement refs are JV at best. Absolutely awful.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 19, 2012 9:34 PM

    Because he’s so mature people are going to forget he is only a month or so older than Blaine Gabbert.

  16. tonyromoisterrible says: Aug 19, 2012 9:40 PM

    RGIII doesn’t look like a third of the QB Luck will be unfortunately. Luck sits back in the pocket poised and rifles a ball into his receivers chests. RGIII sits back in the pocket, thinks about what he is going to do, scrambles, gets his head knocked off and had his back-up come in and play way better than him. Cousins is better than RGIII. Wasted draft picks on this kid. Mark my words.

  17. dtjano says: Aug 19, 2012 9:40 PM

    Going from Peyton to Luck while other teams like the Bills and Dolphins have waited 10+ years for a legitimate QB seems unfair.

  18. vincentbojackson says: Aug 19, 2012 9:41 PM

    He looked great once the Steelers pulled all of their starters.

  19. steviesteeler says: Aug 19, 2012 9:42 PM

    I love the Steelers buy Luck will be the next great one.

    I agree the refs SUCK! If Goodell don’t resolve this matter they will lose all quality…

  20. yelix says: Aug 19, 2012 9:54 PM

    The first pick was really the only bad throw Luck made all game. He looked like a vet for the rest of the half. One of his best throws was the one that the rookie receiver batted in the air and into the hands of a defender.

  21. skinsfan91 says: Aug 19, 2012 9:55 PM

    Luck is better than RGIII right now because he spent time in a prostyle offense in college. But RGIII has a higher ceiling and once he gets the game down he’s going to surpass Luck.

  22. buckybadger says: Aug 19, 2012 10:01 PM

    He sure ended the half pretty good. The kid can play and I am no fan. He is everything they said he was. Arm strength isn’t the best if you want to get real picky but it is good enough. Luck will be a top 15 QB easy this year.

  23. jwreck says: Aug 19, 2012 10:08 PM

    addlehead4 says: Aug 19, 2012 9:20 PM

    thats because RG3 throws the matt leinhart passes (5 yard in and out routes). kinda hard to throw a pick when you are throwing the check down.
    _________
    First of all, (and nothing against Luck, he looks calm and in control, despite the mistakes) what’s wrong with checkdowns? If you can complete a fuve yard checkdown 98 percent of the time, why would you ever need to force it into coverage downfield?

    Secondly, Griffin has thrown a total of 17 passes so far in the NFL, and you are already pigeonholing him as a certain style of quarterback who can only throw a certain kind of pass?

  24. mancave001 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:30 PM

    Let the ref comments continue. They are worse than imagined possible.

  25. hooterdawg says: Aug 19, 2012 10:31 PM

    Rookie writer, and he forgets to do the update. 16/25 and 175 yards in first half. Leads the Colts back from 14 down to a 17-14 lead at the half over the tough Steels defense.

  26. maddog111 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:36 PM

    What is it with all the Skins fans who have to get on here and bash Luck, as if it’s some contest between Luck and RG3?

    Steeler fan here, but wow, Luck was really impressive after the bad pick to Taylor.

  27. maddog111 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:38 PM

    And as far as the refs, I’ve been thinking that Florio was embellishing how bad they were, as he sometimes is less than objective when he’s clearly on one side during a dispute, but chriminy, this has been brutal to watch.

  28. ndstacken says: Aug 19, 2012 10:42 PM

    Ok, so is anyone else furious that the replacement refs blew a play dead when the Steelers had too many men on the field when the Colts were close to scoring a touchdown in the first quarter I believe? Why would they do that? Let the play play out. Worse though is that Hicks (whom I have a lot of respect for) and Collinsworth didn’t even note it at all. Shouldn’t they have? Anyone else see that?

  29. dunkindan says: Aug 19, 2012 10:44 PM

    He’s legit. the second interception wasn’t his fault. He threw passes where defenses couldn’t catch them. colts will be fine for the next 8 years

  30. eventhorizon04 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:51 PM

    “Leads the Colts back from 14 down to a 17-14 lead at the half over the tough Steels defense.”

    Um, you do realize that the Steelers’ offensive starters (including Big Ben) and some of their defensive starters were out when Luck began “leading his team to a comeback”?

  31. eventhorizon04 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:53 PM

    “I’m a huge RG3 fan, however, right now Luck is a better quarterback. He has no weaknesses and he looks like he’s been in the league 5 years. Lucks already a top 10 quarterback. It will take RG3 at least 3 years to get that type of experience and possibly catch up.”

    1. That sounds like you’re not an RG3 fan.

    That’s like saying, “I’m a huge Peyton Manning fan, but Tom Brady is a way better quarterback than he’ll ever be!”

    2. Luck’s already a top 10 QB? No weaknesses?
    He looks good, and I’m optimistic about his future, but on a night where he throws 2 INTs, maybe you stop putting him in the top 10 in the league. Seriously. You’re setting this kid up to fail.

  32. usmutts says: Aug 19, 2012 10:57 PM

    The level of play is too fast and the rules too complicated for these sub refs. This is the first game I’ve watched closely and I’m shocked at how bad they are – almost incompetent.

    Meanwhile, this sniping between Luck boosters and RGIII boosters is childish. They are both very talented, very intelligent, and have potentially great careers ahead of them. I wish them both the best.

  33. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 19, 2012 11:01 PM

    Come on skins fans…give Luck his props n quit with the rg3 is better n have a higher ceiling, we got the QB we wanted n the redskins got the QB they wanted..and btw the 2nd int.wasnt Lucks fault at all

  34. lks311 says: Aug 19, 2012 11:02 PM

    Saw Drew Stanton play in the third Q and remembered he was originally signed by the Jets this off season to be Mark Sanchez’ back-up. When Tebow was acquired he asked out of the Circus…in a class move, the Jets obliged.

    Funny thing, is, he would probably be the best QB on NY’s roster if he was still there.

  35. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 19, 2012 11:11 PM

    These refs blow!!!! No way can start season with those guys!!!

  36. jwreck says: Aug 19, 2012 11:21 PM

    tonyromoisterrible says: Aug 19, 2012 9:40 PM

    RGIII doesn’t look like a third of the QB Luck will be unfortunately. Luck sits back in the pocket poised and rifles a ball into his receivers chests. RGIII sits back in the pocket, thinks about what he is going to do, scrambles, gets his head knocked off and had his back-up come in and play way better than him. Cousins is better than RGIII. Wasted draft picks on this kid. Mark my words.
    ________

    Just a bizarre paragraph from every angle. First of all, every NFL expert has remarked on how poised and in control both Griffin and Luck have looked in their games. Secondly, making any judgments about a rookie quarterback in the preseason will almost never fail to make one look foolish in the future. Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Cam Newton all had bad rookie preseasons. The best preseason performance by a rookie QB in the last fifteen years was Ryan Leaf.

    Third, Luck sits back in the pocket and rifles the ball into a receivers’ hands? Yeah, except for the times he rifled it into the Steelers’ hands. (Nothing against Luck, the kid should be great, and based on the trends I discussed above, everyone who wants to see him have a great career should be encouraging him to suck it up in the preseason, as that’s clearly what superstars do.) “Griffin sits back in the pocket, thinks about what he’s going to do and scrambles”? The thing about Griffin that has most impressed everyone so far is how quickly he reads the field, finds a receiver and gets the ball out of his hand, so it’s hard to imagine where your perception is coming from. Relatedly, the Third has scrambled three times in two games so far, all with a very ramshackle O-line protecting him against a very aggressive Bears defense.

    Next Griffin’s head was not “knocked off” and his back-up “had to come in” because that’s how the preseason works. “His back-up played better than him” because he was playing against the Bears third string defense with the Redskins second string receivers.

    Lastly, wasted draft picks? Really? So you’d rather have had Tannehill, who’s much more of a project player and a much riskier pick?

    In summary, judging rookie quarterbacks in the preseason is more or less an exercise in futility. I’m sure there were a bunch of Debbie Downers in Indianapolis feeling the same exact way back in 1998, and how dumb do they feel now, with Peyton heading for Canton and Leaf heading for parole in two years. Point is, let the kids play a season or two, then start comparing Luck and Griffin. While one may be better than the other, it will be a shock if either one of them is bad.

  37. conbro8 says: Aug 19, 2012 11:45 PM

    Man this Luck/ RGIII “rivalry” is going to get old very fast. I love how Luck answered the question regarding this “rivalry”– he said it doesn’t exist. Smart kid; I’d say smarter than others in the league, “brother”.

  38. razorramonsays says: Aug 20, 2012 12:23 AM

    Hey Chico,
    After a shaky start Luck bounced back and looked good. That 2nd int wasn’t his fault. This kid looks very poised in the pocket. He’s gonna be a good one.

  39. 23tarheel23 says: Aug 20, 2012 1:11 AM

    It’s amazing how ESPN can make you hate a kid that has never done anything wrong to you whatsoever.

  40. croghan1919 says: Aug 20, 2012 1:28 AM

    Dear,
    Those in need of a reality check NFL fans,

    I gotta laugh at these rookie QB comments/comparisons.
    After 2 PRESEASON games.
    Really?!?!?
    Lets revisit the topic in a few months.

    Regards,
    A somewhat sober Colts fan.

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