Andrew Luck: I’m 100 percent to blame

AP

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.

39 responses to “Andrew Luck: I’m 100 percent to blame

  1. Relax. It’s September. Plenty of time to right the ship and win the division.

    Colts are one game behind the Jaguars and Titans. I still like their chances to make the playoffs.

    Just don’t rip the team apart at the first sign of adversity.

  2. Look it’s only two games into the season. Even the SB Seahawks are 0-2 and really it doesn’t matter how close the games when the result is the same. As for the Pats fans. They should yuck it up while they can. Brady only has a 2-3 good years left. When he wraps his career the Pat will go from perennial winners to perennial losers.

  3. Andrew Luck hasn’t won a game since being caught with underinflated footballs in the AFC championship.

  4. Luck’s smart. I mean, obviously it’s NOT completely his fault given their line issues, but he knows full well that a quarterback will get hammered by the media if he tries to blame anything or anyone else.

    If I was in his shoes, I’d be counting down the days until I could get the hell out of that big-top circus that the Colts are running. Mind you, he’s still got the 5th year option to go after this year, plus however long the Colts are willing to play the franchise tag game.

  5. Luck is responsible for the bad decisions to throw the ball. Pagano is responsible for not calling for plays which require quicker patterns and throws. Grigson is responsible for not assembling a talented offensive line capable of protecting Luck. They drafted a WR in the first round and an offensive lineman with a seventh round pick. Grigson should be fired.

  6. The colts’ first two opponents are maybe two of the best defenses in the NFL. I would imagine there is also a lot of pressure on Luck: contract extension, picked to win the super bowl, Russell Wilson has won a super bowl and been to another. They have also had some injuries and personnel additions (johnson and gore). that may not be on the same page.

  7. “One hundred percent,”
    *****************
    That is what everyone in football has been afraid to say. I said Luck has been a turnover machine for his career, but there has been a reluctance to say it publicly.

    Of course Andrew doesn’t believe he’s 100% at fault, but he is standing up, like he should. The problem is that the media, who has prematurely anointed him, has been hesitant to place any blame on him. It’s always the OL, the lack of defense, the lack of running game … always something else, but not the guy actually turning it over.

    Contrast that, with the TOTAL blame heaped upon Geno Smith, who lacked receivers, OL, running game and an offensive mind to help him grow. Finally, Andrew is saying stop the nonsense, I am human and I have faults.

    “I will never live up to the crazy expectations, but LET ME TRY.” The unrealistic and underserved credit, only serves to underscore turnovers, when they happen.

  8. Hopefully before his talents are wasted he can get out from under the circus tent provided by this GM and coach. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done about his junky owner.

  9. Its odd that he hasnt been the same since the Colts were caught playing with underinflated footballs during the AFCCG last year. Bradys seems fine, Luck not so much. Isnt that strange?

  10. Not 100%. There’s some things you can clean up, Andy, but that hot mess of an offensive line isn’t helping. Neither is a first round draft pick who can’t find his way around a pass pattern, nor an aging WR who can’t hold onto the ball, nor is a defensive line that can’t stop the run, nor are all the injuries on the the back end of the defense. A lot of those issues can be laid at the doorstep of the GM and the coaching staff; others are jsut part of the game.

  11. fatsolio says:
    Except for Tom Brady. He never gets blamed by the sports media when things go poorly.
    ___________________

    The media seldom gets the chance. On those rare occasions that things go poorly no one gets the opportunity to throw him under the bus, he is smart enough to jump in front of it before they get the chance.

  12. He should ask for a trade.

    He doesn’t fit with that organization, because every Indianapolis Colt in coaching, management, or player leadership besides him is a whiny excuse-maker, taking no blame for anything, and throwing everyone else under the bus.

    He simply does not fit in with the Colt way.

  13. He’s a stand-up guy with a team-first mentality who gets how this whole thing goes, so he’s going to say that. The reality is that there’s plenty of blame to go around, but in my estimation Grigson gets the brunt of it.

    Grigson probably should have been canned directly after (or preferably just before) the Richardson deal. He almost certainly should have been canned after they released Richardson. And he definitely should have been canned after drafting a WR in the first round this year.

    I find it oddly funny how similar this version of the Colts is to the one from six years ago, despite a completely different staff and roster. The Indy equation is: draft a once-in-a-generation QB, scatter a few good players throughout the rest of the roster with no coherent design, put every game on your QB’s shoulders, lose whenever he isn’t stellar because that’s what you’ve set up, and then wonder why you’ve only won one Superbowl over the span of his career.

    Maybe Irsay is the problem?

  14. fatsolio says: “Except for Tom Brady. He never gets blamed by the sports media when things go poorly.”

    ———-
    You have a short memory. One year ago, at 2-2, after being blown out at KC, we heard:

    They are not good anymore.
    Brady isn’t elite anymore.
    His arm is shot.
    Their run is over.

    Remember the media person asking Belichick in his postgame press conference if he was ready to “re-evaulate the quarterback position”?

  15. Some of you need to listen to yourselves for a minute.

    If you have to have the best WR core.
    The best Oline
    and the best rushing attack to succeed…
    then maybe, just maybe your not as great as you think you are?

    Lots of QB’s have bad Olines. Some QB’s have no Oline and no WR’s either. And yet there are even QB’s that have to deal with no Oline, no WR’s and no running game.

    Great QB’s make due with what they have and find a way to make it all work. Year in and year out without fans, media and coaching staffs making excuses.

  16. Grigson should concentrate on trying to assemble a balanced roster instead of trying to set up clandestine sting operations with his buddies in the league office.

  17. As for the Pats fans. They should yuck it up while they can. Brady only has a 2-3 good years left. When he wraps his career the Pat will go from perennial winners to perennial losers.

    Coltsblue…maybe we can try what you did and intentionally tank a season to get a number one pick

  18. pastabelly says:
    Sep 24, 2015 8:43 AM
    Luck is responsible for the bad decisions to throw the ball. Pagano is responsible for not calling for plays which require quicker patterns and throws. Grigson is responsible for not assembling a talented offensive line capable of protecting Luck. They drafted a WR in the first round and an offensive lineman with a seventh round pick. Grigson should be fired.
    ————-
    You forgot to mention the person most responsible….
    PEP HAMILTON.

  19. fatsolio says:
    Except for Tom Brady. He never gets blamed by the sports media when things go poorly.
    ___________________

    KC game last year…dont remember?
    He is done…no chemistry…time of Jimmy who…


    On to Cincinatti…


    Superbowl 49


    Now 2-0…hope they sustain…
    & hope indy sustains 0-2…

  20. tommym47 says:
    Sep 24, 2015 9:52 AM

    As for the Pats fans. They should yuck it up while they can. Brady only has a 2-3 good years left. When he wraps his career the Pat will go from perennial winners to perennial losers.

    Coltsblue…maybe we can try what you did and intentionally tank a season to get a number one pick

    —————-
    Pats can do with a 6th round pick…their 1st rounders dont pan out…

  21. The Colts are the only team whose head coach can’t even hire his own assistant coaches. Given the Grigson hired them and decided that they didn’t need to shore up their defenses….I’m putting the majority of blame on him. And I agree with the post above that said Grigson should have given more thought to his team and less to framing the Pats.

  22. Andrew is a stand up guy who knows how to play the media game. He must realize the bad situation created by the owner and GM against the coach is harming the team. They do not have the foundation of a winning team, the interior lines. Jeff Saturday was the mainstay and has not been replaced. Pagano is going through the motions and Dr. Irsay is dispensing medical advise. The GM is a clueless egotistical figurehead. They all know that allowing Arians to leave was the end of the run.

  23. rot starts at the top. ‘thanks dad’ Irsay go and not get any money back. after all, it’s his father’s team that he just inherited. grigson has to go too. he’s not worth the money they’re paying the ball boy.

  24. If you like interceptions and arm punts he’s your man. Overhyped right now and soon will be overpaid sending that franchise into the cellar!!

  25. Everything will be alright in Indy. The Seahawks went to two straight super bowls, and they’re also 0-2. These top tier teams have high expectations. Those teams are well coached, well managed, and have good players. There are teams out there that could use our advice, but the Colts aren’t one of them.

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