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With Luck closing in, Arians feared for Landry

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When a turnover happens, the quarterback typically assumes the role of deep safety, trying to get in position to take an angle and push the ball carrier out of bounds without assuming undue risk of injury.

In this regard (and many others), Colts quarterback Andrew Luck isn’t typical.

He threw a second-half interception as the Colts were driving for another score.  And though Luck was hit by a couple of Jaguars as he threw the ball, Luck got up and didn’t look for an angle but made a beeline to Dawan Landry.

Colts interim coach Bruce Arians was nervous.  For Landry.

“I’ve seen it before in college,” Arians said of Luck after the gave, via quotes distributed by the team.  “I was afraid he was going to try and take his head off.  He gets ticked off when he throws those interceptions.  I’ll be honest with you.”

Luck said there was no anger or frustration involved.  Sort of.  “It was football instincts,” Luck said.  “You see the guy on the other team with the ball, you’re going to try and tackle him.  If I’m going to be the one who turns the ball over, I’m going to at least try and stop the guy.”

Luck did more than try.  He went in head first, striking Landry in the leg with a helmet, only several inches above a spot where Landry’s ACL could have blown apart.

It ultimately was a clean, legal play, and Landry wasn’t injured.  While few other quarterbacks would do the same thing, look for Luck to not shy away from using his height and weight and speed and agility to do more than provide the last line of defense, especially when it’s his fault that the defense has the ball.

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57 Responses to “With Luck closing in, Arians feared for Landry”
  1. dugganmt says: Nov 9, 2012 7:55 AM

    I would love to see Luck decleat someone.

  2. jetsfaninjersey says: Nov 9, 2012 7:56 AM

    kudos to Luck…he is a big strong dude with arms like a bouncer!

  3. themartinjlm says: Nov 9, 2012 8:00 AM

    Luck had another poor road game turning the ball over twice and passing less the he has all year long. He luckly robbed his running backs and punched in two scores in the RZ or it would have culminated in his worst performance all year. He has turned the ball over 14 times this year in league with Vick, Cassell and Romo who are having terrible seasons. He needs to concentrate on ball control and not tackling techniques.

  4. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 9, 2012 8:01 AM

    Hes tough az nails! !! If that was rg3 he would be IRG3 Today, Luck even took a shot like IRG3 TOOK earlier n got up n shruged it off! !! The future face of NFL QB name is Andrew Luck! !!!

  5. skoobyfl says: Nov 9, 2012 8:07 AM

    Luck then proceeded on to conquer Sparta with one arm in a sling.

  6. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Nov 9, 2012 8:12 AM

    That sounds badass I’m not going to lie. I’ve seen Luck make at least two tackles in college

  7. xxwhodatxx says: Nov 9, 2012 8:21 AM

    While not smart for a QB to do I think it’s awesome.

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 9, 2012 8:23 AM

    One thing I like about AL1 over RG3 is his size. At 6’4″ 234lbs, he’s built for playing with the big boys.

  9. steelbydesign says: Nov 9, 2012 8:28 AM

    You gotta love his competitiveness, but not very smart. He’s the present and future of that franchise…

    I’m sure they’d rather give up a pick 6 than have Luck get some sort of neck or head injury.

  10. arlingtonsynn says: Nov 9, 2012 8:30 AM

    It wasn’t as ugly as when Vick threw that interception to Polamau in the preseason.

    I thought Troy was going to get ‘McGahee’ed’.

  11. lightcleric says: Nov 9, 2012 8:32 AM

    “It ultimately was a clean, legal play, and Landry wasn’t injured. ”

    And if Landry had made that play on Luck, it would be a 15-yard penalty for going low on the quarterback.

  12. sb44champs says: Nov 9, 2012 8:35 AM

    If he makes this a habit, Luck’s luck may finally run out..

  13. titansbro says: Nov 9, 2012 8:52 AM

    Why is this a story? QBs make tackles all the on turnovers. In fact, this tackle didn’t even end the play as Landry lateraled the ball to Pozluzny (sp?) who was then tackled by Reggie Wayne. Reggie Wayne’s tackle looked better than Luck’s.

  14. samapoc says: Nov 9, 2012 9:00 AM

    It’s only matter of time before Luck gets killed out there, as long as he keeps doing this. Hope he gets smarter because he’s a great player with a great future.

  15. footballfan says: Nov 9, 2012 9:02 AM

    Luck had another poor road game turning the ball over twice and passing less the he has all year long. He luckly robbed his running backs and punched in two scores in the RZ or it would have culminated in his worst performance all year. He has turned the ball over 14 times this year in league with Vick, Cassell and Romo who are having terrible seasons. He needs to concentrate on ball control and not tackling techniques.

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    Dude, the guy is a rookie… Please notice that the guys you are comparing him too are all veterans. Say what you want but this guy is the real deal!

  16. jasndc75 says: Nov 9, 2012 9:11 AM

    Actually, he didn’t make the tackle. By going low he didn’t wrap Landry and Landry was able to lateral the ball off

  17. grogansheroes says: Nov 9, 2012 9:18 AM

    I remember Joe Namath threw in interception in an exhibition game (It’s what they used to call them). Tried to tackle the guy, and tore up his knee. Back then, no arthroscope, just cut and sew. pretty much ended his career. I don’t want my QB making tackles, unless it’s the Super Bowl.

  18. enrifer says: Nov 9, 2012 9:25 AM

    Ok let’s see how long his career will last by him being a tough guy.

  19. waraggie says: Nov 9, 2012 9:26 AM

    You gotta love his competitiveness, but not very smart. He’s the present and future of that franchise…

    I get it. Protect your franchise player. I say screw it. Play some damn football. Let this kid lead the team in his own way. It seems to me that both the veterans and young guys are rallying around him. Hell, even Pat McAffee has been making special teams tackles!!!

  20. getyourownname says: Nov 9, 2012 9:26 AM

    Interestingly, Luck has the same number of interceptions as Vick and Fitzpatrick, and is 25th in QB rating, 2 spots behind Ponder.

    But I do like how he plays.

  21. nomorewhodey says: Nov 9, 2012 9:29 AM

    Franchise quarteebacks don’t make plays like that. Backups do after they’ve put their team in a bad spot. You try doing that to Patrick Willis or another elite defender, you’ll be getting carted off the field.

  22. rizzle71 says: Nov 9, 2012 9:32 AM

    It’s hard to “take someone’s head off” when you dive at their knees

  23. morty999 says: Nov 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    Why is this a story? QBs make tackles all the on turnovers. In fact, this tackle didn’t even end the play as Landry lateraled the ball to Pozluzny (sp?) who was then tackled by Reggie Wayne. Reggie Wayne’s tackle looked better than Luck’s.

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    It’s a story b/c you don’t see a QB make that much of an effort to tackle someone. Most QBs sit back and let his teammates do it or they duck and roll at the feet of the ball carrier. Luck ran past his own teammates to dive in and make the play. Not the smartest thing as many have mentioned, but if you saw it, it was different.

  24. bigblackanvil says: Nov 9, 2012 9:42 AM

    footballfan says: Nov 9, 2012 9:02 AM

    Luck had another poor road game turning the ball over twice and passing less the he has all year long. He luckly robbed his running backs and punched in two scores in the RZ or it would have culminated in his worst performance all year. He has turned the ball over 14 times this year in league with Vick, Cassell and Romo who are having terrible seasons. He needs to concentrate on ball control and not tackling techniques.

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    Dude, the guy is a rookie… Please notice that the guys you are comparing him too are all veterans. Say what you want but this guy is the real deal!
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    So when Luck has a poor game people say he’s just a rookie but when RG3 has ONE sub par game he’s a running QB and he’s a bust??? Not saying you said that but that’s the consensus I seeAND hear every week. Why is that???

  25. tharoostah says: Nov 9, 2012 9:49 AM

    yeah Luck does it and hes a hero… Cutler does it and hes an idiot

  26. 16x8equal49ers says: Nov 9, 2012 9:51 AM

    And Landry paid him back w/ a forearm to the head hit as Luck slid for a 1st down later in the game. Afterwards they shook hands.

  27. hollywood26 says: Nov 9, 2012 9:56 AM

    It was a good hustle play but I’ll tell him the same thing I tell RG3, we pay to see you play QB. We love the passion but please please please remember you are not a DB. Your job it to throw the ball not tackle. If you want to make up for the mistake just throw a TD next time you have the ball.

    They are going to be 2 great QBs by the way. I’m an RG3 guy but I love to watch Luck play.

  28. baloneyjohn says: Nov 9, 2012 10:03 AM

    If he does his to a linebacker and now its out he likes to tackle, good bye Andrew

  29. puckthefatriots says: Nov 9, 2012 10:07 AM

    This is the only year where Luck and RG3 will be compared. The separation is well under way. #LuckSuperior

  30. pissedfishfan says: Nov 9, 2012 10:08 AM

    You guys really have no idea how grade stats do you? Luck Has 16 turnovers (fumbles + Picks) this season and 396 dropbacks (Rushes + Pass Attempts) This works out to just over a 4% turnover rate. This % would rank him right there with Rich Gannon #14 lowest of all time. As a comparison Manning averaged 3.5% and is #5 all time. So don’t just throw total turnovers out there like the talking heads on TV do.

  31. pacstud says: Nov 9, 2012 10:12 AM

    Should have been a 15 yarder.

    If QBs can’t get touched, they shouldn’t be allowed to tackle.

  32. azusadave says: Nov 9, 2012 10:15 AM

    This is much better than Roethlisberger’s “instincts” against the Giants, which were to turn and complain to the ref while the defender returned the interception.

  33. meytonpanning says: Nov 9, 2012 10:20 AM

    Well one thing is for sure, you would never catch Peyton laying someone out. Kinda happy to be a Colts fan this year!

  34. mojodoa says: Nov 9, 2012 10:22 AM

    So basically, on his next pick there will be a linebacker looking to get a nice, clean, legal decleater on Indanapolis’ golden boy. It might not be that intelligent to man-up like that in the pros, Indy’s season, and future, depend on his health.

  35. funkels says: Nov 9, 2012 10:52 AM

    I’m not a Colts fan, but I think this guy is going to be one of the “greats” down the road.

  36. charltonhestonsvest says: Nov 9, 2012 10:56 AM

    Football player makes tackle. News at 11.

  37. bluestree says: Nov 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    Nice bulletin board material, coach. Now defenders are going to be headhuntimg for your qb. Announcing in mid season to your opponents defenses that their safeties better keep their head on a swivel for your qb?

  38. olcap says: Nov 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    “He went in head first, striking Landry in the leg with a helmet, only several inches…”

    So, was there a helmet laying around that he picked up to hit Landry with?

    Seems to me he would have used HIS helmet on his head, but that’s just me.

  39. pongonfl says: Nov 9, 2012 11:27 AM

    Luck started that buried under 3 D lineman. It was amazing that he got up so quick, and scared a lateral out of the DB

    Not that anyone is holding back on hitting QBs, but it was the kind of hit that certainly would have been penalized on a QB. And could end a career.

  40. szwhtsup123 says: Nov 9, 2012 11:30 AM

    I saw Phillip Rivers lay some wood on a guy on the Jets a few years ago after a pick – knocked him into next week. I’m not a Rivers fan but you have to respect that in a QB.

  41. blahblahblah1313 says: Nov 9, 2012 12:00 PM

    So when Luck has a poor game people say he’s just a rookie but when RG3 has ONE sub par game he’s a running QB and he’s a bust??? Not saying you said that but that’s the consensus I seeAND hear every week. Why is that???
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    Bigblackanvil

    Never actually seen ANY articles calling RGIII a BUST. Are you playing the Warren Moon race card? Same old same old. I don’t see ANY reference to race except by you…

  42. firejc says: Nov 9, 2012 12:26 PM

    One day he’ll throw another interception and he’ll make another tackle, and he’ll walk to the sideline with that right shoulder dangling. Then we will see how happy Arians is about his QB pretending to be a linebacker.

  43. skinsfan91 says: Nov 9, 2012 12:38 PM

    He outweighed the guy by 40 pounds. Make a big deal when he lays a hit on Ndamukong Sue, or someone to that effect.

  44. billsin20xx says: Nov 9, 2012 12:38 PM

    Sounds just like what Jim Kelly used to do!
    Proves this guy is a competitor.

  45. coseybedaman says: Nov 9, 2012 12:50 PM

    Last time I checked a 6’4 -235lb is quite capable of making a tackle without being crippled for the rest of his life (example: HALF THE LINEBACKERS IN THE NFL!) Lets not be jealous that the kid is great. Even if you are a Colts hater get over yourself. The kid is everything you want in a QB.

  46. poridge1214 says: Nov 9, 2012 12:53 PM

    Don’t praise a QB, who has every safety rule at his advantage, for going at a guy’s knees. That same helmet that no defensive player is allowed to even breath on, was used to hit defensive guy around the knees. Stop. If you want to praise him, praise him when he wraps a defensive guy up with both arms and takes him to the ground – something you won’t see a QB ever attempt to do after an interception.

  47. johnnyhambone says: Nov 9, 2012 1:17 PM

    lets not forget the overrated colts are playing a soft schedule this season because they finished 2-14 last season. This is a lousy football team led by a bum coach named bruce arians. Next season when they play a tougher schedule, luck will be a below average qb just like his daddy oliver was.

  48. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:24 PM

    He outweighed the guy by 40 pounds. Make a big deal when he lays a hit on Ndamukong Sue, or someone to that effect.

    skins fans are some mommas boys

  49. huskylawyer says: Nov 9, 2012 1:33 PM

    I really like Luck. What annoys me is people don’t bring up that he is actually just as athletic as Cam Newton. People always say, “mobile QBs” can’t win the Superbowl, and are completely blinded by the color of people’s skin. Elway, Young, Tarkenton and now Luck are extremely mobile and were real threats to run the ball, just like Netwon, Vick, etc.

  50. mactimo says: Nov 9, 2012 1:53 PM

    He bowls…overhand

  51. btwicey says: Nov 9, 2012 2:09 PM

    This kid is legit

  52. jayvee3 says: Nov 9, 2012 5:45 PM

    “lets not forget the overrated colts are playing a soft schedule this season because they finished 2-14 last season. ”

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    This is incorrect. You can argue that the Colts have played a soft schedule, but it is not because they finished in last place last season. Only the Browns game has been as a result of previous record. The AFC South plays the AFC East and NFC North this year, so Bears/Vikings/Packers and Jets/Dolphins are scheduled to play every AFC South team. Only the Browns and Chiefs (later this season) are related to previous record.

    As for the schedule being soft, the NFC North is the best division in football right now and the Colts are 2-1 against those teams.

  53. jr4real says: Nov 9, 2012 7:51 PM

    Flabbergasted at the dislike of this kid.

    He’s damn good. I hope he doesnt get hurt making a tackle though. Someone is bound to put a ‘Hines Ward’ on him.

  54. glebbak says: Nov 10, 2012 12:22 AM

    I like QB’s who are P***** but do you really want your franchise “savior” QB attempting to hitstick defensive players? My guess is this is how he gets injured. I’ve seen defensive players blow him up this year..I guess it’s his way of getting back lol.

    Doesnt slide, blows up defensive players, good speed, accuracy. Total package.
    True definition of a perfect #1 pick. One of the most complete QB’s early on I’ve ever see.
    Good luck to you Andrew.

  55. bigblackanvil says: Nov 10, 2012 8:25 AM

    blahblahblah1313 says: Nov 9, 2012 12:00 PM

    So when Luck has a poor game people say he’s just a rookie but when RG3 has ONE sub par game he’s a running QB and he’s a bust??? Not saying you said that but that’s the consensus I seeAND hear every week. Why is that???
    ___________________________________
    Bigblackanvil

    Never actually seen ANY articles calling RGIII a BUST. Are you playing the Warren Moon race card? Same old same old. I don’t see ANY reference to race except by you…
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    No !!! Are You???I made a blatant observation about obvious the hate for RG3 from most Colt fans and it’s just crazy!!! And yet again a question is answered with another question designed to Not answer my question. So why do fans( Colt fans in particular ) dislike RG3 so much? How many have actually watched him play??? HTTR

  56. chefjayson says: Nov 10, 2012 2:22 PM

    Ever occur to you that any Colts fan anger you might be finding is because Skins fans repeatedly go to Colts threads to talk about RG3? Much like yourself. Nobody can deny the talent of either of the qbs in question and anyone that does is ignorant. Eventually the comparison between the 2 will fade as they don’t play in similiar systems and their stats cannot be compared fairly.

  57. bigblackanvil says: Nov 12, 2012 9:42 AM

    chefjayson says: Nov 10, 2012 2:22 PM

    Ever occur to you that any Colts fan anger you might be finding is because Skins fans repeatedly go to Colts threads to talk about RG3? Much like yourself. Nobody can deny the talent of either of the qbs in question and anyone that does is ignorant. Eventually the comparison between the 2 will fade as they don’t play in similiar systems and their stats cannot be compared fairly.
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    I have NEVER came on here to say anything negative against Luck !!!! I’ve always posted positive stuff about Luck. Don’t get it twisted. But fact is every time the Colts win the first thing Colts fans do is say something negative about RG3. Far more Colts fans troll Redskins columns than Cowboys, Eagles and Giants combined!!!!!! I hate people comparing them because your right. The styles and systems are different.

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