Colts getting better results from Hasselbeck than Luck

AP

Heading into the season, most people would have said the Colts were one of the teams that could least afford to lose its starting quarterback. Andrew Luck was viewed as the NFL’s next superstar quarterback, sure to sign the biggest contract in NFL history soon, while backup Matt Hasselbeck was an old man who some thought was done.

It hasn’t turned out that way.

In fact, through five games this season, the Colts are getting better results since Hasselbeck replaced the injured Luck.

Luck started three games, and the Colts went 1-2. Luck completed 56.0 percent of his passes, threw five touchdowns and seven interceptions, lost a fumble and has a passer rating of 65.1.

Hasselbeck has started two games, and the Colts went 2-0. Hasselbeck completed 63.2 percent of his passes, threw three touchdowns and no interceptions, hasn’t lost a fumble and has a passer rating of 95.0.

A big part of the difference, of course, is that Luck has played against better teams: Luck’s starts were against the Bills, Jets and Titans, while Hasselbeck’s starts were against the Jaguars and Texans. If Luck still can’t go next week, when the Colts play the Patriots, it’s a pretty good bet that Hasselbeck’s numbers will decline.

But there’s no escaping the fact that Luck got off to a very disappointing start this season, and Hasselbeck has been a surprisingly effective backup. There’s no quarterback controversy in Indianapolis, but there’s at least a quarterback oddity: The budding star has been out-played by the washed-up backup.

78 responses to “Colts getting better results from Hasselbeck than Luck

  1. Why would they decline? Not like new England’s defense is that great. Their issue will be that Tom Brady will throw for 500 yards against an even more sorry Colts defense.

  2. Hasselbeck was getting the ball out of his hand quickly. Notice how JJ Watt was basically a non factor because of the quick passes. Luck takes a lot of shots down the field causing him to hold the ball longer. Watt would have probably put him back on the sidelines if he was in.

  3. Well, so much for the hype of the 2012 QB class, when many analysts compared that class to the 1983 QB class.

  4. The problem is that Luck is overrated. Simple as that. The media has been all over this guy since he entered the league and now it’s obvious that he’s only good in the 4th quarter, and that’s not enough in the NFL.

  5. The big difference is that Hasselbeck doesn’t try to get something that isn’t there and that helps avoid turnovers. Luck has all of the talent in the world and just tries to do too much. When he matures, he’ll take a step to the next level. Until he does, we can hold off on mentioning him in the same sentence with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.

  6. So you’re just going to gloss over the fact that the O-line was an absolute trainwreck in the first 3 games? They were a cobbled together mess who couldn’t protect the QB, couldn’t open up running lanes, and racked up more holding penalties than any other team in the league. How many QB’s are going to succeed when they constantly have to get 20 yds to get a first down while running for their lives? They finally got a group of guys up front that are getting the job the done and correct me if I’m wrong, but last night was only there 2nd game playing as unit. If they can continue playing the way they did last night, Luck is going to be dangerous….. again. I can only hope the Patsies are as overconfident as their fanbase going into next weeks game.

  7. So much for that 2012 draft class, I mean my teams 2012 QB was in 2 Super Bowls. Maybe your teams will play catchup. More like so much for the butt kissery of luck and rg3.

  8. And this is why the Titans were STUPID to let Matt Hasselbeck walk a year after Jake Locker became the starter. Instead of having Hass, the Titans endured the brutality of having Ryan Fitzpatrick and then Charlie Whitehurst as their backups the next two seasons. #gasinthetank

  9. So you’re just going to gloss over the fact that the O-line was an absolute trainwreck in the first 3 games? They were a cobbled together mess who couldn’t protect the QB, couldn’t open up running lanes, and racked up more holding penalties than any other team in the league. How many QB’s are going to succeed when they constantly have to get 20 yds to get a first down while running for their lives? They finally got a group of guys up front that are getting the job the done and correct me if I’m wrong, but last night was only there 2nd game playing as unit. If they can continue playing the way they did last night, Luck is going to be dangerous….. again. I can only hope the Patsies are as overconfident as their fanbase going into next weeks game.
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    I disagree Andrew, I think Matt is just better……

  10. Luck’s best days are ahead of him…he will be fine and end up as a HOF quarterback.

    What you get with Hasselbeck is a veteran who is smart and understands what it takes to get to the big dance (and he has been there). While his physical skills have declined…he can be expected to not only step in and manage the game, he can do things to win it! That 3rd down pass toward the end of the game was spot on!

    Great job Hass!

  11. “Why would they decline? Not like new England’s defense is that great. Their issue will be that Tom Brady will throw for 500 yards against an even more sorry Colts defense”

    Agreed! Manusky is a terrible DC. Just look at the past teams that he has been a DC.

  12. Inferior competition noted, but I know there are a lot of Seahawk fans (like myself) that still love Hass and were happy to get to see him make perhaps his final career start last night.
    The Colts, like the Seahawks, have a young QB and a poor offensive line. Luck and Wilson are great, but fans of both teams saw what experience can bring to the table. Hasselbeck made many pre-snap reads/audibles and got rid of the ball quickly. I assume that Luck and Wilson will both improve in these areas in time, but fans of both that watched that game learned that their guy still has things to learn and I say this as a Russell Wilson superfan.
    Happy for Matt; that was fun to watch!

  13. Wow. We’ve all been led to believe that this was a poorly run organization that got lucky and landed Andrew Luck with the first pick.

  14. The funniest part, or most pathetic, to Luck is th media crowning him the next Peyton Manning when in reality, he hasn’t been all that good. At the same time they are constantly bashing Bob Griffin and labeling him a bust. The media has displayed this bias since the start and it’s starting to be a trend that should be called out.

  15. Luck looked really off. I just assumed he’s been hiding an injury since the beginning of the season.

  16. nice to see Hasellbeck can still play. I hope he’ll get to start a few more games.
    good luck Matt!

  17. Well, then the heck with it. Trade Luck to the Redskins for a used water cooler, and name Hasselbeck your new franchise QB.

    Seriously, Luck will return to form when he’s back from this injury. Every QB goes through slumps, even the almighty Tom Brady. Luck will be fine.

  18. “Luck looked really off. I just assumed he’s been hiding an injury since the beginning of the season.”

    So you’re saying the Colts cheated on their injury report by not reporting this the first couple weeks ?

  19. Yeah I knew it was just a matter of time before that kid Hasselbeck would wrest the job from old man Luck.

  20. The media has built Luck up ….into a creation he can never live up to.
    And Indy has a long track record of premium QB/ team underperformance / junkie owner

  21. Hassebeck is a classy guy and I’m glad to see him still doing well on his extended career. He helped out when he was in Tennessee.

    I hate the Colts but if they’re going to win I’d rather it be with him than Pickbeard.

  22. sure pencil them in as the AFC superbowl reps now. hasselback has looked good as a 40 year old qb can but look who he played against. he is just fortunate as the colts are they play in the worst division in football! if luck plays and they lose next week it just means they played a good team for a change in the patriots. the bottom line is Luck is a good qb and the colts an average team who play in a division where the other teams are awful and wins for the colts are automatic. that is why they always win except when the franchise qb gets hurt and misses a season allowing them to draft the next one. maybe someday the titans or another team will actually field a good team and that formula will not work for them anymore but for now they have it made.

  23. Most teams do not have a QB as good as Hasselback. Quick release, elite touch, great pre-snap reads, established leader, etc. Years ago he figured out that he would last longer as a back-up instead of getting his brain scrambled playing for bad teams as a starter.

  24. I think it is genius… The issue that the Colts were having was that they were beginning to be too dependent on Luck… The team needed to know if they can compete without Luck in order to get better for Luck… and I believe Luck needed to see that his team is good enough to trust to win games and that he does not have to force or try to win everything on his own… Brilliant strategy I believe when Luck gets back and joins the team, we are going to see why the Colts were on many people Superbowl watch-list… Indeed…

  25. The only people who say Andrew Luck sucks are the fans of other teams who just want to believe he does. He has three good years, but you say he sucks because of three bad games. Ok. Bandwagons are sure easy to create

  26. Luck may want to take one more game off. Belichick put a 52-10 beating on Washington in 2007 after Joe Gibbs blasted him in the papers over spygate. This is the “Grigson game” as far as Belichick is concerned. The scoreboard may have smoke coming out of it by the 4th quarter. They won’t stop trying to score til the whistle blows.

  27. Luck makes too many ill advised passes which is why he keeps losing in the playoffs (that and the Colts run defense). However, Hasselbeck no matter how old he is, is careful with the football, doesn’t rush his throws, and is actually pretty mobile himself for being 40 years old. Luck will learn over time when Grigson stops being a clown and gives him an offensive line instead of receiver after receiver. If the Colts want to go anywhere they need to get rid of Grigson, but I doubt Irsay would have that kind of common sense.

  28. romophobic says:
    Oct 9, 2015 9:40 AM
    The funniest part, or most pathetic, to Luck is th media crowning him the next Peyton Manning when in reality, he hasn’t been all that good. At the same time they are constantly bashing Bob Griffin and labeling him a bust. The media has displayed this bias since the start and it’s starting to be a trend that should be called out.

    Please dude! Everyone was slurping Bob that first year…lol Then he got to big for his britches witht the Adidas campaign…

  29. Hasselbeck is a stud… He should’ve been starting for a team for the past 2 or 3 years…

  30. He’s had a great three year start to his career, but has had a bad couple games with a new O-line, running back and receiver, so he is now a bust? Ok.

  31. No doubt Luck holds the ball and looks downfield too much, but there has been a big difference in the O-line the last 2 weeks. The 1st three games there were pass rushers coming in unblocked on almost every pass play. Looks like the O-line has cleaned up that problem.

  32. Last year, almost everyone was saying Tom Brady looks like a finished QB and now they are saying Luck is the most overrated QB and should let play Hasselbeck.

    Not saying Luck gonna win the SB this year, but it sure look like an overreaction in both case.

  33. Well the defenses the Colts have been facing is getting worse.

    But yea, get rid of Luck. Really?

    I’m sure 3/4 of the league would take him.

  34. This article is also not exploring the other huge change between weeks 1 and 2 and 3 through 5. In week one, the offensive line started Lance louis and Todd her remains at guard with Jack Mewhort at right tackle. The line was embarrassing and luck was not only injured, but throwing on theloorun a lot.

    The colts sat both louis and herremans, moved Mewhort to guard, and went back to the 2014 line with reitz at right tackle and Hugh Thornton in at guard. Notice how JR Watt was a non factor? That wasn’t on hasselbeck, it was on a suddenly good offensive line for indy. You get luck with that offensive line and good things can start to happen.

  35. it’s a ridiculous notion to even consider Hasslebeck over Luck

    how many more years is Hass gonna play? 1… 2?

    Lucks shoulder will get better and he’s the guy and I would bet the farm that he will heal up fine and be better long term than Hass

    crazy notion

  36. I like how you wait until you’re 75% through the piece before you slip in the point about the quality of the opposition. Really captures the impact an opposing team has on the performance of an NFL QB. Good job.

  37. All of you who are writing Andrew Luck off are idiots and obviously don’t know football. As a Broncos fan, I would trade PM ++ to get Luck. He is still the 3rd or 4th best QB in this league.

  38. I like Hasselbeck and he is proving to be an excellent backup, but a Healthy Luck is still a better QB.

    Along those same lines, Matt is playing head and shoulders (pun intended) above several of the leagues other starting QBs. Good for him.

  39. “I can only hope the Patsies are as overconfident as their fanbase going into next weeks game.”

    Dude, the Patriots are a machine. They can’t be reasoned with, can’t be bargained with. They don’t feel pity of remorse or fear and they absolutely will not stop. Ever. Until you are defeated.
    (and they are never overconfident) 😉

  40. Old Matty has shown he’s still got it.

    his throws are perfectly timed. the spirals are tight. he’s executing the game plan.

    That throw that hit the TE in the shoulder in the endzone was a perfect pass to a TE that wasn’t skilled or aware enough to make the catch.

  41. The Colts offensive line deserves a great deal of credit for the win. The Texans defensive coaching staff deserves to be replaced after a poor display of in game adjustments.

  42. The last two games with Matt Hassleback were against the Titans and Jaguars. Lets not go crazy here.

  43. As a Pats fan I’d rather Luck play than Hasselbeck. Not because I think Hasselbeck is better (come on, that’s a joke, as much as Garoppolo being better than Brady after game 4 last year) but because Belichick knows Luck very well, and has dominated him even without having great defenses.

    It’s probably moot, since they can’t stop the run. People keep saying Brady’s going to run up the score – but it’s been the running attack, not Brady, who has embarrassed them the last three (four?) times they’ve faced off.

    Having said all that, the game is in Indy – the fans will treat this like the Super Bowl – and the Colts have extra days to rest. I’m not sure this will be as easy as most Pats fans seem to think.

    I do want Brady to flip off Grigson and Irsay after every score, though.

  44. Matt is a great QB and a class act (look up the story about how he helped Trent Dilfer after Trent’s son died and Trent disappeared into a bottle), maybe the best backup QB in the league. Everyone in Seattle loves him and wishes him well.

  45. Luck is a mistake waiting to happen. He puts up stats then makes a huge mistake, sometime 3-4 times a game.

    In 3 years he might be the new Jay Cutler. All the tools, none of the results that count.

  46. As sick as he was, Hasselbeck still put in a great performance. As a cord-cutter, I’m glad the game was simulcasted so I could watch it. Wish Disney would do the same and simulcast MNF on ABC.

  47. Hasselbeck, Gore, Johnson. . . Have three starters on one side of the ball ever retired in the same offseason?

    Well I mean besides the 49ers entire team.

  48. Luck’s shoulder may have gotten worse during the Tennessee game, but it clearly was giving him problems in the first 2 games as well. I’m glad he’s getting a chance to rest it, and even more glad that the Colts learned from their previous mistake and got themselves a capable backup quarterback.

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