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Speed of NFL linebackers makes Andrew Luck take notice

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If Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has to pinpoint one difference between the NFL and college football, it’s that he can’t pick on slow linebackers anymore.

Luck said on Mike and Mike in the Morning that from his very first day as a pro, he noticed that linebackers in the NFL are a whole different ballgame from linebackers in college.

“The first play you notice it,” Luck said. “I think the biggest difference is the linebackers. They’re fast and they can run. In college you’ve got tight ends who can run right past the linebackers, but that’s not happening in this league.”

Luck also noted, however, that the quality of play in the NFL is a lot better with his teammates as well.

“Everybody’s better, the corners, the safeties, the defensive linemen,” he said. “But then, you’re surrounded with better players on your side of the ball.”

For Luck to have a chance of success as a rookie, the Colts are going to need more good players on his side of the ball than they had a year ago.

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13 Responses to “Speed of NFL linebackers makes Andrew Luck take notice”
  1. truthfactory says: Sep 4, 2012 9:47 AM

    They will be much improved from last year. They had the worst QB, head coach, and an old delusional GM last year. They have upgraded all 3 spots tremendously and their arrow is pointing straight up.

  2. kowboydmac says: Sep 4, 2012 9:55 AM

    I’m curious whether or not the Colts use their inevitable top 5 pick on Marcus Lattimore. I suppose if Donald Brown shows enough promise, than a top flight receiver or left tackle is the obvious choice.

  3. larryboodry says: Sep 4, 2012 9:58 AM

    I wish him and the Colts well…After Week 1, of course! (-;

  4. El Capitan says: Sep 4, 2012 10:05 AM

    “Everybody’s better, the corners, the safeties, the defensive linemen,” he said. “But then, you’re surrounded with better players on your side of the ball.”

    give this guy a medal…

  5. skittlesareyum says: Sep 4, 2012 10:55 AM

    “The first play you notice it,” Luck said. “I think the biggest difference is the linebackers. They’re fast and they can run. In college you’ve got tight ends who can run right past the linebackers, but that’s not happening in this league.”

    Obviously he hasn’t seen AJ Hawk in coverage.

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:06 AM

    Luck will shock the.nfl world!!!! And redskins fans…we dont need yals hate on here either

  7. blackandbluedivision says: Sep 4, 2012 11:24 AM

    lol. Good luck going up against Briggs and Urlacher, week 1. Oh, and you’re going to think Peppers was a linebacker.

  8. packerbadger says: Sep 4, 2012 11:47 AM

    Welcome to the NFL.

  9. randomguy9999 says: Sep 4, 2012 1:36 PM

    after seeing him warm up in the preseason, he looks like the closest to a sure thing that has ever come out…. the Colts are likely to become one of the best year to year comeback teams ever.

  10. luckuandthehorseurodeinon says: Sep 4, 2012 2:22 PM

    Everyone knows that the NFL is a filled with copy cats. I am wondering how long it will take other teams to figure out that the Andrew Luck neck beard is what makes him so smart. Now try and get the mental image of either one of the Manning’s or pretty boy Brady with the neck beard out of your head. Go Colts.

  11. larryboodry says: Sep 4, 2012 3:32 PM

    luckuandthehorseurodeinon says: Sep 4, 2012 2:22 PM

    “Everyone knows that the NFL is a filled with copy cats. I am wondering how long it will take other teams to figure out that the Andrew Luck neck beard is what makes him so smart…”
    ———————————————
    Kyle Orton resembles that remark.

  12. luckuandthehorseurodeinon says: Sep 4, 2012 4:13 PM

    That is a fact. Good one.

  13. ddogdaddy says: Sep 4, 2012 8:31 PM

    When I heard that Luck had the same combine #’s as Cam Newton the year before, I thought he must be a pretty good athlete. When I found out he graduated from Stanford, he must be pretty smart. Then when the Colts drafted him #1 and gave him Peyton Manning’s job, he must be able to throw the ball pretty good. Now I find out RG3 “has the total package”. I wonder what we should say about Andrew Luck? How about WINNER? Go Blue.

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