On Football Night in America, Rodney Harrison shared his feeling that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is still bothered by a right shoulder injury while discussing Luck’s poor play in Sunday’s 27-21 loss to the Saints.
Luck said that the shoulder feels fine after the game, but he hardly played like the player we grew accustomed to seeing during his first three seasons in the NFL. Luck missed on his first five passes, was 9-of-19 at halftime and was showered with boos before three second half touchdowns made the final score, if not the overall performance, look more respectable. Luck’s postgame comments made it clear that he’s struggling to get back on track.
“I’m not happy with how I played or the result of the game,” Luck said, via the team’s website. “I’d say I’m frustrated up here. As a unit, we’re frustrated and I’m frustrated with myself. I’ve got to play better.”
A loss of confidence, either because of the shoulder issue or a leaky offensive line, seems to be contributing to Luck’s issues this season and it’s hard to imagine there will be an immediate fix on either of those fronts given how pronounced the problems have been through the first seven weeks of the season.
There are plenty of other problems with the Colts this season, but the team has been designed to have Luck spackle over the cracks well enough to drive the team to the playoffs. The AFC South is bad enough that they are still the favorites to pull that off, but any offseason optimism about the team’s hopes for the season are on hold as long as Luck continues to fall short of expectations.