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Andrew Luck on sacks: Blame me for holding the ball too long

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 09: Jerrell Freeman #50 of the Chicago Bears was called for roughing the passer on Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) Getty Images

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been sacked an NFL-high 20 times this season, but he’s not blaming his offensive line.

Luck said today that he thinks he deserves a lot of the blame for all those sacks, saying he can get rid of the ball more quickly to avoid the pass rush.

“I don’t think the sacks are necessarily indicative of how well our offensive line is playing,” Luck said. “You can probably blame me for holding the ball too long. It is that clock developing in the game. Maybe the clock is a little different for each play, but yeah you do develop a clock.”

There is definitely some truth to that, and Luck is being a good teammate by not throwing his line under the bus. Luck is the type to look in the mirror before blaming others.

Still, the line should take some of the blame. Luck is on pace to get sacked 64 times, a total that has been surpassed by only two quarterbacks (Randall Cunningham in his first year as a starter and David Carr with the expansion Texans) in NFL history. With a number like that, there’s plenty of blame to go around.

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28 Responses to “Andrew Luck on sacks: Blame me for holding the ball too long”
  1. sportmigos says: Oct 12, 2016 5:08 PM

    stanford huh?

  2. pheagleslove says: Oct 12, 2016 5:12 PM

    this kid is just a class act. he’s still had a chance to really prove himself. fix the OL or he’s gonna die in 10 years or less. feel bad for the guy. hella talented player. gotta protect him.

  3. pheagleslove says: Oct 12, 2016 5:13 PM

    *he’s still NOT had a chance to really prove himself…

  4. ggreen657 says: Oct 12, 2016 5:17 PM

    He’s exactly right. New England had the worst offensive line in the league while Bledsoe was in there but once he got hurt and Brady took over the same guys were terrific.

  5. jtbaudendistel says: Oct 12, 2016 5:18 PM

    Go watch some Goodwill Hunting. “It’s Not your Fault!”

  6. jasons81 says: Oct 12, 2016 5:21 PM

    Tannehill should pay attention… this is how you carry yourself. Never wise to through your o-line under the bus.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 12, 2016 5:30 PM

    It’s not Luck’s fault receivers can’t get separation or routes take long to develop. That’s on the coaches and his offensive coordinator. It’s also not Luck’s fault the line can’t run block so they don’t have to on almost every down.

  8. chippys lost binky says: Oct 12, 2016 5:32 PM

    “Luck is the type to look in the mirror before blaming others.”

    Unlike, let’s say… his GM for instance.

  9. lenthevikesfan says: Oct 12, 2016 5:34 PM

    I started doing that last year as he was tanking my fantasy team.

  10. mackcarrington says: Oct 12, 2016 5:37 PM

    So he’s blaming the receivers for not getting open fast enough.

  11. Spencer says: Oct 12, 2016 5:45 PM

    Pagano and Grigson have run the team into the ground, and are wrecking a franchise player. All the “blame me” in the world isn’t going to change the facts.

  12. joeflaccoallday says: Oct 12, 2016 5:55 PM

    Just will never be great.

  13. flutener333 says: Oct 12, 2016 6:14 PM

    “……..but my line at Stanford was better”

  14. asparatame says: Oct 12, 2016 6:14 PM

    Luck’s comments are the quite different from some other QBs we have heard from recently on similar topics.

  15. pfatalbert says: Oct 12, 2016 6:16 PM

    He’s lucky (eh, pun) that he doesn’t get hurt more/ concussed more given the porous o-line he has.

  16. wygbe says: Oct 12, 2016 6:21 PM

    PFF QB GRADES AFTER 5 WEEKS:
    1. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles grade: 90.4
    2. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders grade: 88.8
    3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots grade: 88.0
    4. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts grade: 87.1
    5. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings grade: 86.4
    6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions grade: 84.8
    7. Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears grade: 84.2
    8. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys grade: 83.8

  17. jmethane says: Oct 12, 2016 6:42 PM

    Regardless of what you think about him as a qb, he is a class act and a great teamate. Kind of the opposite of Cam Newton.

    I hope he gets it going, the Russell Wilson vs Andrew Luck thing isn’t really fun anymore. Kind of like Kaepernick vs Wilson(of course not nearly as bad). Luck can still turn this thing around. He is just so likable and humble I can’t help but root for the guy.

  18. fumblenuts says: Oct 12, 2016 7:15 PM

    “Andrew Luck on sacks: Blame me for holding the ball too long.”

    So simple……….even a caveman can do it.

  19. nhpats says: Oct 12, 2016 7:26 PM

    Andrew, we blame you for being foolish enough to re-sign a contract with the Colts. You could have been leading the Broncos next season….

  20. 345snarkavenue says: Oct 12, 2016 8:00 PM

    At least he didn’t throw his line under the bus like, say, the last long term Colts QB

  21. justafanofnfl says: Oct 12, 2016 8:04 PM

    “Let’s just say we had protection issues”

  22. tonebones says: Oct 12, 2016 8:22 PM

    Anything negative I read about the Colts is never from anyone inside. It’s just noise. Andrew Luck is a class act and the Colts’ organization seems to be in perfect harmony. Watch this team go on a ten game win streak.

  23. frankmalzonefan says: Oct 13, 2016 6:34 AM

    I’m not a Colts fan and I have to say that this is, in my opinion what a team leader does. He stands up for his guys, the same way that Brees and Brady do at the podium and on Monday morning radio after a loss. He could just as easily called out his front office too (forget about the line; where’s the successor to James in the backfield). The guys around him on the field should remember this and sweat blood for him in the future. Assuming of course that he doesn’t become the Dan Pastorini of this era.

  24. justbegbaby says: Oct 13, 2016 6:41 AM

    Being classy doesnt make you elite.

  25. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 13, 2016 6:44 AM

    From piped in noise to Framegate this is an organization bereft of class or honor. Harmony? In the most despicable fashion perhaps.

    Only the lowest life forms cry about cheating when in fact this was a hissy fit born in MD because a coach wasn’t up to the intelligence level of the guy across the field. Colts were duplicitous.

  26. diehardfootballfan says: Oct 13, 2016 7:44 AM

    BLAME GRIGSON! Guy can’t figure out how to evaluate players…..Luck needs a line to protect him. You gotta protect your $150 million dollar investment Grigson…….dah

  27. nhpats says: Oct 13, 2016 8:40 AM

    tonebones says:
    Oct 12, 2016 8:22 PM
    Watch this team go on a ten game win streak.

    ————–
    Put down the bong son….

  28. sariff420 says: Oct 13, 2016 4:24 PM

    Throwing his receivers under the bus. Nice

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