Colts feel confidence with guys around Scott Tolzien has grown

AP

Training camp for the Colts opened with quarterback Andrew Luck being placed on the physically unable to perform list and Luck stopped well short of saying he’d be ready to go by the start of the regular season after having surgery on his right shoulder, which means getting backup Scott Tolzien ready to play has been a major priority this summer.

Tolzien appeared in three games for the Colts last year and started their 28-7 loss to the Steelers on Thanksgiving with Luck out of the lineup due to a concussion. He was 22-of-36 for 205 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in that start, his first since 2013 with the Packers, and has spent plenty of time running the offense this offseason.

Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said the backup has done “a nice job preparing himself” for the possibility of future starts over that time and that the team’s comfort level with Tolzien is in a good place.

“I think the command that he has of the offense right now, the confidence he has in knowing exactly what we are looking to do and what he needs to do on particular plays,” Chudzinski said, via ESPN.com. “I think the confidence with the guys around him has grown.”

Chudzinski didn’t offer a comparison to the confidence level with Luck, which is presumably still higher than it is with Tolzien. That won’t matter if Luck’s not healthy enough to go in September, however, and the prospect is one that no one around the team can ignore as it draws closer.

7 responses to “Colts feel confidence with guys around Scott Tolzien has grown

  1. Tolzien has been in the NFL since 2011. He has thrown exactly two touchdowns during that span.

    He has also thrown 7 INTs. He has NEVER won an NFL game.

    Would you be confident in this guy?

    Also, statements like this let me know Luck is far more hurt than they are letting on and we will see much more of Tolzien than anyone would care to see.

  2. Remember how Manning being hurt fir a whole season enabled the colts to draft Luck? Luck being hurt all season will enable them to draft his successor Sam Darnold.

  3. Tolzien was a pleasant surprise last year. His first couple passes completely missed the mark, and I was thinking the worst. But after he shook the rust off and got warmed up, he looked way better than I expected. He looked like he’d been in that system for years, and he was putting balls in tight windows. He was being aggressive and pumping the ball downfield. He looked like Drew Brees. I’m not worried about rushing Luck. Tolzien is plenty capable.

  4. Luck is obviously more less-ready than Colts fans would hope. I am not surprised by that. But at the same time (and I am not a Colts fan, just a football fan) I am not concerned about it. Bringing up Tolzien’s stats from his limited playing time isn’t helpful – what did you expect him to do? Walk in with no reps and suddenly be awesome? This Division is weak enough they can compete for a while on the strength of a back up. Truth is, I have low expectations of this team with or without Luck in the game. I think they overreached for him (and I like him as a professional) and overpaid him. This team needs a lot more than a franchise QB to get them over the hump.

  5. charliecharger says:
    August 4, 2017 at 7:35 am
    Tolzien was a pleasant surprise last year. His first couple passes completely missed the mark, and I was thinking the worst. But after he shook the rust off and got warmed up, he looked way better than I expected. He looked like he’d been in that system for years, and he was putting balls in tight windows. He was being aggressive and pumping the ball downfield. He looked like Drew Brees. I’m not worried about rushing Luck. Tolzien is plenty capable.

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    Tolzien threw 1 TD last year… and 2 INTS. But to this guy, he looked like Drew Brees.

    #delusional

  6. I’m starting to think Luck may be another Manning….specifically Archie Manning, a great quarterback stuck on a perpetually bad team with an offensive line that couldn’t protect him. If the Colts front office can’t get it together, Luck is going to have a very frustrating…and shortened…career.

  7. reddzen says:
    August 4, 2017 at 8:44 am
    Luck is obviously more less-ready than Colts fans would hope. I am not surprised by that.

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    “Obviously” less-ready. And this “fact” is based on what? I think the FACT that he has been throwing for 2+ weeks now is “obvious” that he is closer to ready than the mainstream media fearmongers are promoting. We still have 5 weeks until the first game for godsakes. I’ll take Indy’s situation over Houston’s of penciling in a untested rookie QB to hang their season hopes on…

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