If Andrew Luck can make all the throws, why hasn’t he done it yet?

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck says that his surgically repaired throwing shoulder has healed well enough that he knows he can make all the throws. But his actions don’t match his words.

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young said on PTI that he has watched Luck since college and can see that Luck’s arm is not the same.

“I was a season ticket holder at Stanford,” Young said. “I used to go over and watch Andrew Luck, and as a quarterback I used to watch him throw the ball and go, ‘That’s beautiful. That’s amazing.’ I haven’t seen the guy throw the ball like that. And so I have a deep appreciation for how he throws the ball. It is not being thrown that way right now. He cannot drive the football. He can’t throw it the way he used to.”

According to Mike Clay of ESPN, Luck has not attempted a pass with a depth over 31 yards even once this season. During Luck’s previous five seasons, he totaled 114 pass attempts with a depth over 31 yards.

Luck played 70 games in his first five seasons, so he was previously averaging 1.6 attempts per game that went 31 yards downfield or longer. To play three straight games and not even try a pass that deep once would strongly suggest that the Colts aren’t confident enough in Luck’s arm strength to trust him to throw deep.

And, of course, we don’t have to speculate about what the Colts are thinking about Luck’s arm: We saw it at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. With the Colts trailing 20-16, they took over at their own 11-yard line with 39 seconds left. That’s a situation when NFL teams throw deep. But what did the Colts do? They had luck throw six consecutive short passes, then come out of the game to be replaced by Jacoby Brissett for a Hail Mary.

If Luck can make deep throws, he should have thrown deep at the end of Sunday’s game. And until we see him throw deep the way we used to, it’s hard to take seriously his claims that his shoulder is as good as new.

49 responses to “If Andrew Luck can make all the throws, why hasn’t he done it yet?

  1. His arm is not the same as hopefully he will be getting there. And that the Colts need him indeed for their playoff hopes. Just hope he gets better with time.

  2. “Eagles have the worst roster in the NFL the only reason they win is because of Doug pederson”

    Really? Wentz, Ertz, Jefferies, Ajai, Kelce, Johnon, Peters, Cox, Graham, Bennet, Barnett, Ngata, & Jenkins. They all suck.

  3. Well, why have a surgically repaired shoulder throw the Hail Mary, which is the same regardless of who throws it, just need to get it into the end zone? That’s just being smart. Sounds like his shoulder isnt 100 percent yet though, hopefully it will get there.

  4. Here’s a crazy idea: Maybe it’s because he’s only 3 games back from an agonizingly protracted absence and rehab process, during which the team was roundly attacked for not being careful/protective enough of their star QB, and it’s completely unreasonable to expect him to materialize instantly at the full height of his powers?

  5. Here’s a crazy idea. The guy doesn’t have an NFL arm any longer. Everything is pushed out to the receiver. Young is right and said the same thing that I have and posted here. He can’t drive the ball. His arm is not the same and it isn’t even close. Luck knows it. The Colts know it. I know it.

    I live in Indy (not a Colts fan) and was interested to see how he looked in preseason and in the practices they show on the evening news. (I also happen to know a few people who work in the Colts offices and have important positions and titles). Everything I have seen since Luck showed back up tells me his arm is toast. Maybe it will get better, stronger and he is able to fit the ball into tight spots but I haven’t seen it once since he came back.

    Right now it is all hope, and hope doesn’t win games, talent does.

  6. nflfollower says:
    September 27, 2018 at 6:36 pm
    Well, why have a surgically repaired shoulder throw the Hail Mary, which is the same regardless of who throws it…
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    Because you still have to throw it far enough, quickly enough, and in the right area, to have a chance. And given that Brissett is not the most accurate of throwers it clearly shows Luck still has a problem that neither he nor the team have been honest about – like they haven’t been honest the past 3 years. That’s why. It was a telling moment.

  7. “And, of course, we don’t have to speculate about what the Colts are thinking about Luck’s arm: We saw it at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Eagles”
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    And if he was out there and reinjured it, you’d say “why was he out there attempting that?”.
    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
    Give the man more than 3 games before you hang him.

  8. Luck doesn’t have two NFL tackles, lacks a run game, tight ends are slow and me a big colts fan can’t name the 3rd, 4th and 5th receivers. In the past Andrew didn’t even have a check down now it’s 90% of their offense. Receiver’s have trouble getting separation and as you can see the offense other than Luck, Nelson and Kelly lack any talent.

  9. I wrecked my shoulder playing high level A volleyball and never had it surgically repaired. That said i let it heal on my own and for years after I cant spike at the volasity I use to, but once it healed I can hit pretty dang good. I just needed to retrain myself. So I feel the pain hes going through it just takes some time before he can throw a better ball. He sat for two years cant expect this guy to throw with pin point accuracy

  10. since you want to throw out stats from lucks first years who was his offensive coordinator?? YEP it was old air it out Arians. our offense this year is more short passes and screens, quick throws, you know like luck is doing… All you GM’s on here posting about his arm is done, don’t ya think the colts would have drafted a QB? third game of the year and we could have been 3-0 if nit for a fumble by jack doyle (not luck) and the refs deciding to call a defensive hold (still not luck) and since all of you are so smart it is his third game back from MAJOR injury so why risk him throwing a hail mary, like the poter above said, if he would have re-injured himself on the hail Mary y’all would be roasting the colts for having him do it..

  11. myvietnamwasfightingtheclap says:
    September 27, 2018 at 7:53 pm
    High level volleyball?
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    Rooftop. He meant highest level.

  12. kevpft says:
    September 27, 2018 at 6:44 pm
    Here’s a crazy idea: Maybe it’s because he’s only 3 games back from an agonizingly protracted absence and rehab process, during which the team was roundly attacked for not being careful/protective enough of their star QB, and it’s completely unreasonable to expect him to materialize instantly at the full height of his powers.

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    You’re completely right. However, the Colts have been saying he’s 100% for months. No one’s upset that he isn’t 100% so much as pointing out that the Colts appear to be over selling his capabilities to sell tickets. Cam went through the same thing over the last 2 years. 1st year back you could see the loss of zip and the pain when he threw. Last year he was still off, but didn’t miss time an looked like he wasnt in pain. This year he’s back to his pre surgery numbers. Teams sell the 100% label but it takes a long time to heal, strengthen, and ultimately retain the shoulder.

  13. He’s obviously not 100% but he ll get better as the season goes. If he’s still not throwing right by the end of this season or beginning of next it ll be time to make a change.

  14. I still think they should’ve made Jacoby the starter and traded Luck away. They’d of been a lot more competitive with the talent from additional draft picks and saved salary from the trade.

  15. Hopefully his arm slowly gains back strength with time. Maybe its not for this year but perhaps an offseason spent on getting strength back will be good after all the rehab he had to do to just get on the field.

  16. Always thought he was overhyped. I sense a sense of poetic justice here, as the Colts “sucked for Luck” in 2011. When a team deliberately loses games, it makes sense that the QB they “suck” for eventually does wind up “sucking” in return. Could be wrong, but it seems to me that the reason he looked so good early on was T.Y. Hilton. Just think…several QBs drafted after him have gone on to have better careers–Russell Wilson, Nick Foles (winning a Super Bowl for Eagles), Kirk Cousins (the you like that dude), and, the late bloomer of the bunch, my Aggie home boy, Ryan Tannehill, having a great year so far coming off an ACL tear. But I do hope Luck gets back into earlier form.

  17. Terripet said he’d be MVP of the league this year. Who would’ve thought a terripet prediction wouldn’t come true?

    Usually spot on.

  18. says:
    September 27, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    myvietnamwasfightingtheclap says:
    September 27, 2018 at 7:53 pm
    High level volleyball?
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    Rooftop. He meant highest level.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    High Level “A” volleyball, mind you A. Not B or C. D was right out.

    A

  19. The numbers provided in this article raise more questions than they answer. The fact he hasn’t thrown a pass over 31 yards in three games doesn’t mean anything. Why 31 yards? How many 30 yard passes has he thrown? How many plays have had routes designed to go over 31 yards? What if that number is the same as previous seasons (although it’s probably less due to the offensive system in place compared to earlier in his career) and those receivers aren’t getting open or he’s not getting good enough blocking to allow them time to get that far? What if the team trusts him but Luck doesn’t trust himself?

  20. Right now he doesn’t have a receiver outside of TY who is usually going to command double coverage, he doesn’t have a single receiver who can really stretch the field. No real mystery here.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 27, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    Lets not pile on Andrew Luck quite yet. He is a great player in a rotten situation and still trying to put a game face on it. I kind of admire him for the courage.

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    Actually after thinking about I have to say that he looks to be done. Sad really.

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