Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been sacked an NFL-high 20 times this season, but he’s not blaming his offensive line.
Luck said today that he thinks he deserves a lot of the blame for all those sacks, saying he can get rid of the ball more quickly to avoid the pass rush.
“I don’t think the sacks are necessarily indicative of how well our offensive line is playing,” Luck said. “You can probably blame me for holding the ball too long. It is that clock developing in the game. Maybe the clock is a little different for each play, but yeah you do develop a clock.”
There is definitely some truth to that, and Luck is being a good teammate by not throwing his line under the bus. Luck is the type to look in the mirror before blaming others.
Still, the line should take some of the blame. Luck is on pace to get sacked 64 times, a total that has been surpassed by only two quarterbacks (Randall Cunningham in his first year as a starter and David Carr with the expansion Texans) in NFL history. With a number like that, there’s plenty of blame to go around.