Starting quarterbacks went down with injuries left and right during Week 10, but the Colts don’t want that to impact the way Andrew Luck plays the game.
The Colts quarterback called those injuries the “nature of the game” and said that he didn’t think it was possible to play as well as possible if you’re worrying about getting injured. Luck has used his feet to extend and make plays quite often this season and that’s led to some big hits that have resulted in fines or penalties for defensive players. The quarterback thinks that’s a vital part of his game and coach Bruce Arians agrees.
“His athleticism puts himself in harm’s way a lot. You’ve got to be able to protect yourself out there and get rid of the football at times and other times just be tough enough to handle it,” Arians said, via Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. “I’m not going to change a bit the way he plays or approaches the game because other guys get concussions.”
Quarterbacks have gotten concussed in the pocket, scrambling while making a throw and when trying to run for a first down so there obviously isn’t a way to keep them safe unless you invent the first offensive scheme in history that keeps quarterbacks from ever being touched. When Luck has run for five touchdowns and converted first downs on 17 of his 34 runs overall, there’s too much value to the offense to keep him from locked into the pocket.
It may result in an injury at some point, but the limitations on the Colts offense would be almost as great if they tried to get Luck to stop doing the things that made them pick him first overall in the first place.