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Andrew Luck taking sacks at a career-high rate

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Colts owner Jim Irsay says he wants to see Andrew Luck protect himself. So far this season, that isn’t happening.

Through four games this year, Luck has been sacked 15 times. That’s the most for any player in the NFL this season and puts Luck on pace for a career high in sacks.

If Luck continues this pace and can stay healthy enough to play 16 games, he’ll be sacked 60 times this season. That would be by far the most of any season in his career; Luck’s previous career high was 41 sacks in his rookie season.

The reasons for Luck’s increase in sacks include problems with the offensive line, Luck himself sometimes trying to do too much with his feet instead of throwing the ball away, and the Colts having Luck pass more because they’ve been behind in the second half a lot this year.

But whatever the reasons, the Colts need to do something about it. When the Colts and Luck agreed to a six-year, $139.125 million contract, the idea wasn’t for Luck to spend this much time on his back.

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53 Responses to “Andrew Luck taking sacks at a career-high rate”
  1. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Oct 6, 2016 2:39 PM

    That is shocking considering the beating he took last year

  2. scrp2 says: Oct 6, 2016 2:42 PM

    Patriots have a terrible offensive line also. Join the club.

  3. bullcharger says: Oct 6, 2016 2:42 PM

    Luck should have shopped before signing that thing.

  4. thedingo8 says: Oct 6, 2016 2:43 PM

    andrew luck maybe the only player in the league who is the only talent on his team..i feel sorry for him..

  5. 6ball says: Oct 6, 2016 2:43 PM

    First it was ” Suck for Luck”. Now it’s just plain ” Suck”.

  6. juliusanonymous says: Oct 6, 2016 2:45 PM

    6 years, $140m….

    The Colts might have the most inept management in the NFL (and yeah, I’m including the Browns, Dolphins, Jets and Jags in that list).

  7. lscottman3 says: Oct 6, 2016 2:46 PM

    perhaps they could run the wheel play more often.

  8. mongo3401 says: Oct 6, 2016 2:46 PM

    It’s called an offensive line Grigson.

  9. gtrav says: Oct 6, 2016 2:48 PM

    Grigson is pretty good huh

  10. pheagleslove says: Oct 6, 2016 2:48 PM

    Inexcusable that he’s still taking this many hits. The guy is incredibly talented, but we’re never going to see it if he’s dead halfway through the season. Pagano should be sacked if they don’t turn this around

  11. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 6, 2016 2:51 PM

    Wowwww, i thought no one could top the Dolphins Turnoverhill??

  12. factschecker says: Oct 6, 2016 2:52 PM

    Maybe he should learn how to read a defense so he can make faster decisions right at the snap instead of holding onto to the ball too long waiting for plays to develop?

    If he gets sacked before you hit 3 Mississippi, then you can blame the line. Well even then it’s only a sort of blame the line. A QB also has to read the defense (pre-snap) to help the O-line with their blocking assignments. The linemen are down and the QB is upright and has the best view of what is coming after the snap. So even if the scheme has the C making the pre-snap blocking adjustments, the QB still has to relay the proper information to the O-line.

  13. 44boz says: Oct 6, 2016 2:52 PM

    More excuses for the “Lucky” fans…

    Please compare Russell Wilson’s stats, and his ring. Then tell me who you would have drafted. It won’t take long.

  14. latenightroach says: Oct 6, 2016 2:54 PM

    Welcome to Ryan Tannehill’s world.

  15. h2beer says: Oct 6, 2016 2:54 PM

    I don’t bring it up because I don’t know enough to really discuss it. I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think Andrew Luck just isn’t that good of a quarterback.

  16. nookers says: Oct 6, 2016 2:55 PM

    How can you spend that much on a QB and put nothing to protect him and around him?

    You have a couple nice WR’s but that makes no difference when you have no Offensive line and Frank Gore is on his last legs.

  17. athwartships says: Oct 6, 2016 2:55 PM

    Hold on while I put on my shocked face….

  18. joeflaccoallday says: Oct 6, 2016 3:00 PM

    He holds on the ball too long, his line is trash but Derek Carr would at least help them out. He’s overrated and everyone is seeing it

  19. jackedupboonie says: Oct 6, 2016 3:01 PM

    Let’s get one thing straight. Luck is already a first ballot hall of famer. It’s the Colts fault he hasn’t won 3 Super Bowls. Soon you will see the Joe Montana/Dan Marino/ John Elway/ Steve Young all wrapped into 1 dominate the NFL.

  20. jovan19 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:02 PM

    until they fix the Oline and find a running game it’s going to be the story of his life.

  21. nhpats says: Oct 6, 2016 3:10 PM

    Luck has been sacked 15 times and Ryan Grigson has soiled himself 15 time. Coincidence?

  22. truninerfan49 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:13 PM

    Thats the trade off when these QB’s want these huge deals (see: Drew Brees). It’s hard to build a quality team when 1 guy is taking up almost 25% of the salary cap. Tom Brady was never one of the highest paid Qb’s in the league and the Pats have always been able to have a competitive team

  23. mazenblue says: Oct 6, 2016 3:15 PM

    And Luck appreciates the sacks and the opposing defenses are doing an amazing job. They are good people.

  24. floriosnuts says: Oct 6, 2016 3:18 PM

    Wait, you mean giving Luck all that money (at the expense of other positions) and keeping super genius Grigson and Pagano on staff hasn’t resulted in unbridled success?

  25. indywilson40 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:19 PM


  26. linvillegorge says: Oct 6, 2016 3:20 PM

    The two best young QBs in the league are getting absolutely slaughtered behind shoddy offensive lines. Newton and Luck.

  27. Kelly's Chronicles says: Oct 6, 2016 3:22 PM

    Even Pagano said he has had a bad offensive line for three years and he should be comfortable with it. The larger question is why you haven’t improved your offensive line? But after I saw Hasslebeck outplay Luck last year (and who got killed out there on a regular basis too) I admit to being a little skeptical of Luck’s abilities.

  28. qdog112 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:22 PM

    Andrew is a good QB. He’s not great and never showed anyone that he would be. It’s GROUP-THINK that made his hype parade possible.

    I said at draft, that he could NEVER live up to the unrealistic expectations. He would have been better off, if the media would just have let him play, but wanting to believe we all have the EYE to evaluate talent, picked what we thought was “low hanging fruit”, an absolute CAN’T MISS prospect.

    What we are seeing, is a guy who is not close to the prodigy, people thought he would be. You can blame the OL, the WRs, RBs or coaching & management, but the fact is, Andrew is who he is.

  29. mongo3401 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:25 PM

    At this pace Luck is not a hall faker. First ballot or any ballot.

  30. mongo3401 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:28 PM

    The day their Junkie owner wakes up will be one season too late because Luck will be unable to throw a pass by then. Owner is a junkie. But hey, it’s the billionaires boys club right. Only difference with their owner and people that live in a crack house is his money.

  31. normaneinstein7 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:33 PM

    So much for 2012 being the best QB class since 1983. Russell Wilson is the best of that class, followed by Kirk Cousins. Both being mid-round picks.

  32. minerslung says: Oct 6, 2016 3:35 PM

    I still want luck to be my quarterback. Tge dude somehow pulls off a close game when the rest of the team doesnt deserve it. Really jack doyle is the only one out-performing his contract. Luck cant do it all.

  33. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 6, 2016 3:36 PM

    For those trying to compare Luck’s offensive line to that of Russell Wilson’s need to remember that the latter has a pretty good defense which keeps the opponent’s score low and give him more chances. When you don’t have a good defense you have to try to score on every possession.

  34. smokehouse56 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:44 PM

    “But whatever the reasons, the Colts need to do something about it. When the Colts and Luck agreed to a six-year, $139.125 million contract, the idea wasn’t for Luck to spend this much time on his back.”
    There you have the reason he is being sacked so much.

  35. seatownballers says: Oct 6, 2016 3:44 PM

    They drafted a center in the first round. That’s it.
    Remember folks,Seattle has the worst ranked offensive now. But wilson has only been sacked half as much.
    Your talent finder sucks

  36. PFT loves the Steelers says: Oct 6, 2016 3:46 PM

    Their o-line ain’t the greatest, but Luck causes many of his own sacks. The Colts have good receivers and the defense is usually around average in the rankings. People exaggerate how bad the talent is in Indy to excuse Luck’s inconsistent play. Maybe the guy just isn’t as good as we thought?

  37. Anicra says: Oct 6, 2016 3:49 PM

    How many more years will we hear Luck is the top young QB? No matter how he does he always gets a pass.
    The Colts tanked a season on purpose, seriously, to draft Luck #1 overall. He supposed to be the next Peyton Manning however he really seems more like Archie Manning.

  38. bigsaintdogs says: Oct 6, 2016 3:49 PM

    His inflated contract ensures he spends allot of time on his face or back because they can no longer afford a quality O-Line.

  39. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:56 PM

    Three rookies on the O-line, that pretty much explains it

  40. ravensbob says: Oct 6, 2016 4:03 PM

    David Carr. Redux.

  41. MichaelEdits says: Oct 6, 2016 4:07 PM

    If any QB survives 60 sacks in a season, I’ll give him my car. Ask nicely and I might even remove the advertising.

  42. bombacim says: Oct 6, 2016 4:07 PM

    Amazing how people come to his defense for what they would call, playing like crap. But the likes of Cutler, Flacco, any of the browns qb’s, etc are crap players. All of these teams have O line problems. Football starts with being able to block and scheming to your teams strengths. It is clear the Colts cannot do either.

  43. leef2020 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:07 PM

    Luck is just not as good as they hype nor the contract.

    Most people in the press and elsewhere give him the benefit of the doubt when his stats are not great/his team does not win and blame those around him, not him. Conversely, an active QB who has better career stats in nearly every category, including this year, is always cited as *he* is the one to blame for his teams’ woes.

    Luck is lucky he gets the benefit of the doubt. He could be living Stafford’s life. Though. He might indeed like Stafford’s wife.

  44. tonebones says: Oct 6, 2016 4:07 PM

    Only 4 weeks into the season and the Colts, Cardinals, and Panthers are all 1-3. A lot of the NFL experts had high hopes for these teams. I might just hold off on pressing the panic button on the Colts, and the other teams too. We see all the time where a team starts slow ad then wins 10 in a row.

  45. mrclaytonbigsby says: Oct 6, 2016 4:24 PM

    Thats what happens when you give a large chunk of your cap to one person.

  46. bakeberryjam says: Oct 6, 2016 4:32 PM

    Good thing they hired Joe Philbin as OL coach…

  47. nard100 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:45 PM

    i get the impression that the Colts are returning to the pre-Polian days of profound mediocrity.

  48. chicagosportsfan11 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:50 PM

    No worries the Bears have a zero pass rush policy so he’ll be good this week.

  49. internetcommenter7 says: Oct 6, 2016 5:30 PM

    An additional reason he takes so many sacks is that he need to improve pre snap.

  50. swhughes81 says: Oct 6, 2016 5:34 PM

    When I’m not pooping, I’m a huge colts fan. The problem isn’t luck, he is pretty good, not perfect by no means but still good. Problem is he is trying to carry the whole team. When management keeps missing on free agent signings and things like your entire 2013 draft is no longer on the team it really puts you behind. They have exactly zero playmakers on defense and the WR’s are as soft as butter. I’d give Moncrief a pass on this as I think he is a true number 1 over Hilton. Hilton will have a good game then cruise the next couple, won’t get open. I was a Pagano fan up until this last game. Too many coaching errors and bad decisions. They can not run the ball and they need to do more up tempo offense quick routes get the ball out of lucks hand fast but do they? Yeah when they are three scores behind and the game is half over. Coaching staff is way too stubborn. Get over yourself, do what’s best for the team and quit trying offensive schemes and defensive schemes that you want to work to stroke your ego but clearly won’t work AND COACH GAME SPECIFIC GAME PLANS EVERY SINGLE WEEK

  51. margoadams says: Oct 6, 2016 5:44 PM

    For a Stanford guy Lucks not a very smart man signing on with Irsay & Grigson again. Suck 4 Luck, Whining about Deflated Balls, Pumping crowd noise into their stadium, covering for their ex QB visiting the Guyer institute and using HGH. It never ends with this club.

  52. Waffle 2.0 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:20 PM

    Luck is a gutsy kid and it’s not his fault that people have crowned him as an elite quarterback capable of proving the age old false myth that one guy can somehow carry a team on his talent alone.


  53. db105 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:41 PM

    Luck is taking a little long to adjust to properly inflated footballs. He was caught with 3 out 4 footballs that were underinflated at halftime during the 2015 AFC Championship game.

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