Andrew Luck: I have an obligation to keep myself healthy

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Last week, Colts quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer said that the team wasn’t going to change the way quarterback Andrew Luck plays as a result of the injuries that kept him out of the lineup for nine games last year.

Coach Chuck Pagano had a different take earlier this offseason, saying that Luck couldn’t continue playing quarterback with a linebacker in reference to his willingness to take big hits in order to extend plays. Luck spoke to the media after Tuesday’s OTA session in Indianapolis and said he was practicing without limitations.

He also seemed to signal that Pagano’s view is carrying the day while discussing what he has to do to ensure he’s on the field more often this season.

“I have an obligation to keep myself healthy,” Luck said. “Not only to myself, but to this team. That dictates change in preparation and how you do things a little bit. I have to. For example, if a play breaks down in practice making a full speed decision to throw it away. Just to train that aspect of it.”

The personal need to keep himself out of the trainer’s room will only get bigger come the regular season if he hasn’t signed a new contract. Luck is in the final year of his rookie deal and owner Jim Irsay has said he’d like to get a deal done before it expires, although nothing has come to fruition thus far.

While Luck is working on that, he’s also dealing with the “learning curve” that comes with a new quarterbacks coach and a new center that the Colts hope will be part of a return to the playoffs in 2016.

34 responses to “Andrew Luck: I have an obligation to keep myself healthy

  1. Teams should feel obligated to protect their franchise
    QB. Draft a stud offensive lineman instead of wasting a draft pick on tiny WR like Phillip Dorsett

  2. Luck is dead on here. Now he needs to go out and sign some offensive linemen to replace the turnstiles they currently have at OL.

    Obviously the QB doesn’t sign players, that’s the GM’s job. Until they get an OL, develop some type of running game, and stop relying on Luck to throw 350-yard games this trend will continue. Or he’ll simply leave via free agency when his time comes.

  3. The only problem, Andrew, is that you haven’t been doing that up till now. So why should anyone believe that you are going to change now?

  4. This guy is garbage with a properly inflated football. Funny how sometimes two wrongs make a right.

  5. One scenario: Luck plays out his contract and franchise tag years, and then signs with Denver for an obscene amount of money. Elway (Stanford guy) always wanted Luck. He tried to “suck for Luck” in the 2012 draft, but the Tebow gambit backfired. With Denver’s defense, Luck would win multiple Super Bowls.

  6. What he really ment to say was he really has an obligation to Not Cheat by Deflating Footballs. Serve any suspension handed down by the NFL without causing his franchise draft picks, staff suspensions or push appeals thru a year 3 three months and 20 million dollars!

  7. Andrew Luck won 36 games over his first three seasons. I’m not sure if anyone has ever matched that rate of success. His fourth season was lost to injury. This year could be a super bowl year, and if anyone is surprised by that, they should have their heads examined.

  8. The Colts are traveling at light speed to become a lower tier team again. Luck should escape to a new team as soon as his contract is finished.

  9. Colts are currently conducting a search for a stand in double for Andrew so he doesn’t have to take the chance of being injured on the field.

  10. Indy has been so spoiled in the last 20 years with their QB’s their fans don’t even remember the days of Jim Harbaugh without looking it up first..

  11. Might want to go to another team that will give you a proper Oline then. Staying with the softest team in the league guarantees it won’t be long till you’re hurt again.

  12. Looks like you got the right owner then, Andrew. Irsay’s the picture of good health, right? He’s got a briefcase full of “vitamins”.

  13. Wow. Stunning. He wants to be healthy. This is hige!

    LUCK sucks. Should kept Peyton. He went to 2 superbowls. Hey Irsay, you are a total odiot. Just sayin’

  14. Andrew Luck won 36 games over his first three seasons. I’m not sure if anyone has ever matched that rate of success.
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    His name is Russell Wilson and he won 42. Against tougher competition. But hey, keep telling yourself Luck is going to the HOF by beating a bunch of 3-13 teams each year.

  15. The rest of the AFC south wants you to stay healthy too. We need you to throw toss-ups to our DBs.

  16. channer81 says:
    May 17, 2016 7:36 PM
    Indy has been so spoiled in the last 20 years with their QB’s their fans don’t even remember the days of Jim Harbaugh without looking it up first..

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    Jim Harbaugh was great! Compared to Jeff George, Jack Trudeau, Mike Pagel, Browning Nagel, Chris Chandler and Gary Hogeboom at least.

  17. charliecharger says:
    May 17, 2016 6:41 PM
    Andrew Luck won 36 games over his first three seasons. I’m not sure if anyone has ever matched that rate of success.
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    The 75th pick from the same draft year that Luck was drafted had won 42 games during his first three seasons, and also won a Super Bowl ring.

    Kind of a glaring example that was hard for the rest of us to miss, really…

  18. Is this the same QB that had 3 out 4 footballs underinflated during the the AFC Championship game last year? Most of us educated people know how and why it happened but why hasn’t he been under investigated?

  19. Andrew Luck won 36 games over his first three seasons. I’m not sure if anyone has ever matched that rate of success.

    Russell Wilson won 42 games his first three seasons.

    One needs to look no further than farther down in the same draft. 3rd round.

  20. In case you were wondering that’s 6 more wins for Russell over three seasons. 2 wins per season…and a SuperBowl win.

    I think Russell matched Andrew Lucks rat of success….and then some.

  21. Isn’t it interesting that coming into their careers that most would’ve said with their bodies and style of play that Russell would be the one hurt all the time and Andrew would be a guy who can take a beating and stay in the game.

    Russell hasn’t missed one game, not one practice even since coming into the league. Injury is Luck’s excuse for all of last year’s failure.

    Offensive line can be no excuse as Russell’s was clearly one of the worst in the entire league and might be again this year unless some rookies really step up. Luck’s was poor as well, no question but they both had bad OL play.

    Luck needs to shave that beard it is not good luck.

  22. sactogary says:
    May 17, 2016 5:54 PM
    One scenario: Luck plays out his contract and franchise tag years, and then signs with Denver for an obscene amount of money. Elway (Stanford guy) always wanted Luck. He tried to “suck for Luck” in the 2012 draft, but the Tebow gambit backfired. With Denver’s defense, Luck would win multiple Super Bowls.
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    Yes, he probably would but no way whatsoever did Denver attempt to suck for Luck. If they had attempted that ‘but Tebow misfired’ Kyle Orton wouldn’t have started as the season starter. Tebow came in a few weeks into the season. I think Denver going with Manning and not attempting to suck for Luck worked well. Indy will throw a record contract at him…he isn’t leaving Indy unless he has some major drop off this season.

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