Monday night’s loss to the Jets left Colts coach Chuck Pagano to make some comments that sounded like a criticism of quarterback Andrew Luck, General Manager Ryan Grigson, the team’s offensive linemen or all of the above.
Pagano returned on Tuesday with a more supportive stance on Luck, saying that he’s done “phenomenal things for us over the last three years” Luck hasn’t done anything too phenomenal through the first two weeks of this season, though, and he wasn’t looking to spread around the blame when asked how much the 0-2 start falls on his shoulders.
“One hundred percent,” Luck said, via the Indianapolis Star. “I have to improve. There are no excuses. … The fumble, the interceptions, I have direct control on what happens with the ball. As a quarterback, you do; it’s in your hands. I haven’t made the best decisions and missed some throws. Shoot, you work on it. You go out in practice and you work on it and see how you can do in the game.”
The Colts are clearly a flawed team, but Luck’s on the right track when he says there aren’t excuses for his rough play in the first two weeks. Quarterbacks get the praise when things go well and they get the blame when things go poorly, lessons that Luck has learned over the course of his career and ones that aren’t going to change regardless of how much support he does or doesn’t get from his teammates.