Luck’s “little mental block” doesn’t bode well for the Colts

AP

The unbridled enthusiasm about the eventual return to health of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has spread to Luck himself, with Luck going on the record on Tuesday to say he’ll “absolutely” be ready for the start of the season. Something else that Luck said was far more intriguing. And concerning.

Luck admitted that, during his still-ongoing rehab, he had a “little mental block” to throwing a regulation football.

As explained on Wednesday’s PFT Live, Luck isn’t a golfer who can simply avoid using a club that’s giving him trouble. He’s got one tool in the kit, a full-sized NFL football bearing the autograph of the Commissioner and the words “The Duke.” Any NFL quarterback who ever has a “little mental block” when it comes to throwing a regulation NFL football has a very real and profound problem.

And even though Luck has secretly thrown “The Duke” with his new head coach, Luck’s Tuesday appearance on the practice field included not a regulation-sized ball but a small high-school version of the same thing. And no one seems to be troubled by that.

Here we are, six weeks from the start of training camp. Nearly 18 months removed from the supposedly successfully outpatient shoulder surgery. And Luck can’t do what every other NFL quarterback currently can — make a series of relatively short throws with the kind of football used in an NFL game.

While none of this means Luck won’t be ready to throw a full-sized football in a full-speed setting come September, none of it means that he will be, either. And I’ll continue to believe nothing that is said about (or, frankly, by) Luck, waiting instead to see him perform before concluding that he’s the guy he used to be.

46 responses to “Luck’s “little mental block” doesn’t bode well for the Colts

  1. I’ll bet they wish they never made a big deal about QBs getting to prepare the balls the way they like them. The karma continues

  2. Being really smart is usually a good thing… unless it causes a person to constantly over analyze a situation and repeatedly second guess things. Luck is probably too worried about the future and wouldn’t start throwing until he felt was 110% ready. That or this is his passive-aggressive way of trying to make the Colts get a distaste about the situation and eventually trade him.

  3. “Luck admitted that, during his still-ongoing rehab, he had a “little mental block” to throwing a regulation football.”

    Of course he does. The guy just hasn’t been right since the league started monitoring the PSI of footballs. Just look at his performance in the 2nd half of the AFCCG after the refs adjusted the inflation of his footballs.

  4. Normally, I hate to look at such a situation this cynically. But these developments with Luck feel like an ongoing problem, and that’s disheartening. I hope his health issues aren’t chronic.

  5. Most athletes that have serious surgery always have that mental block regardless if they don’t say it. This is most likely to get his confidence going that his shoulder is fine

  6. So wait… you can get a case of the yips in football? Mental Block? Just throw the ball dude.

    In all seriousness, I hope the dude is physically ok and comes back to form, it would be shame to see him not be able to play due to injury.

  7. I hope he can come back. Its terrible that the Colts ran him into the ground, knowing he was injured.

    If only teams were required to list significant injuries on a report before the game. Then they may have been more hesitant to put him on the field and allow him time to heal properly.

  8. Locally Luck is guaranteeing he will be the starting QB against the Bengals week one. Saying he “feels it in his bones.”

    On Luck I have to agree with Florio and act like I am from Missouri and say “Show Me.”

    Trust as applied to The Colts went out the window with last year’s calendar and I still believe Luck wants to keep playing just not in Indianapolis and he ends up in New England.

  9. josh4519 says:

    Man you’re more negative about Andrew Luck who’s worst wrong doing was getting an injury than you are Colin Kaepernick.

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    What in the world does pessimism about Andrew Luck’s health have to do with Colin Kaepernick?

  10. He is using a HS football? That is not a mental issue. It is a grip issue. The throwing motion is the same regardless of the size or inflation of the ball. If he is using a smaller ball so he can work the shoulder into shape it means he cannot properly grip/hold a regulation football or else he would be doing so. Good luck with that colts fans

  11. Luck’s “little mental block” doesn’t bode well for the Colts
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    Colts fans are happy that Luck finally has something doing some blocking for him.

  12. If it wasn’t for BAD LUCK, the Colts would have NO LUCK at all….. then again, maybe it’s KARMA…..
    Got to be DEFLATING for them!!!!

  13. Theevidencesaysotherwise says:
    June 13, 2018 at 11:48 am
    Luck was a top 5 QB in 2016 which was after the deflategate game where Brady cheated and then lied about it.

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    Actually, of the two of them it appears that Andrew Luck was the QB who doctored his footballs because he cannot throw regulation balls. The poor kid just hasn’t been the same since. All the while Brady has played in 3 SBs, won two of them as well as a league MVP.

  14. Karma. The Colts tanked purposely to get Luck. Karma has decided to punish them for their crimes against the NFL.

  15. Ease off Mike. Come back during Week 1 and write your story.

    Give Luck some breathing room. He is coming back in stages.

    This kind of pressure doesn’t help a QB who is an asset to the NFL.

  16. He’s approaching Derrick Rose-level physical/mental fragility at this point.

    That’s not a good sign at all. What a waste.

  17. Actually, of the two of them it appears that Andrew Luck was the QB who doctored his footballs because he cannot throw regulation balls. The poor kid just hasn’t been the same since. All the while Brady has played in 3 SBs, won two of them as well as a league MVP.

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    Look at Luck’s 2016 stats and it’s obvious he has no trouble throwing regulation footballs.

    Keep up the lies delusional Cheatriot fans.

    And can the Patriots win w/o cheating. I doubt it.

  18. megnailsit says:
    June 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    So the qb of the team who started Deflategate admits to a mental block about throwing regulation footballs…oh, the irony.

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    Brady started deflategate by cheating. No one else to blame delusional Cheatriot kids.

  19. The Colts will regret passing on Josh Rosen the same way we are regretting trading Garoppolo.

  20. His hand strength and grip will return to form. I am personally not worried that he’s not throwing an official NFL ball, yet.

    Teddy “Tiny Hands” Bridgewater, on the other hand, should have been throwing this smaller ball exclusively.

  21. How about the mental block he has about shaving that nasty rat’s nest off his face?

  22. Look at Luck’s 2016 stats and it’s obvious he has no trouble throwing regulation footballs.

    Keep up the lies delusional Cheatriot fans.

    And can the Patriots win w/o cheating. I doubt it.
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    Look at Brady’s stats in 2016 and 2017. He clearly can throw regulation footballs and can do it better than anyone. What’s delusional is that you somehow still think the Patriots manually deflated footballs when actual science and common sense suggests otherwise. Guess I should expect that from the uninformed/unintelligent.

  23. Theevidencesaysotherwise
    Jun 13, 2018, 11:48 AM EDT
    Luck was a top 5 QB in 2016 which was after the deflategate game where Brady cheated and then lied about it.

    By the way, what does Brady or the Patriots have to do with an article about Andrew Luck rehabbing his injured shoulder. Talk about an obsession. The article has absolutely nothing to do with New England yet you can’t control yourself can you. It’s hilarious and a little pathetic actually but mostly hilarious

  24. somethinsbruin says:
    June 13, 2018 at 11:10 am
    I’ll bet they wish they never made a big deal about QBs getting to prepare the balls the way they like them. The karma continues
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    Speaking of karma….what’s Edelman up to these days?

  25. He’s throwing a smaller ball because of the weight. I’m sure he takes a how can I approach this the smartest way possible attitude and has a plan for everything. He’s slowly working his throwing arm back into shape. I’m surprised it’s taken this long though.

  26. That ball looks tiny compared to a regulation football. Obviously, his ability to grip is affecting, or affected by, his shoulder. In all honesty, I bet he did another surgery when those rumors came out and didn’t want to do it.

    Wonder if Irsay regrets kicking Manning to the curb…two SB appearances with one win vs. a broken down young QB…Those Star Wars numbers he denigrated sure look good to Colts fans now.

  27. Well on one hand we ALL know the Colts cheated by throwing games to get him. Remember “Suck for Luck”? He is just giving them some of their own medicine to get out of that horrible franchise!

  28. This is getting to be a soap opera scenario.Throw balls without the DUKE on it and see if it really is a problem. make all the balls without DUKE, intermix them and then let him throw.
    All somewhat under inflated and let it rip.

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