His 730 drop backs are the third most in a season in NFL history, as the Colts relied on all of his skills week-after-week to move the ball. Indianapolis had very little national airtime this season, so many NFL fans had the rare chance to see the persistent flaws in the roster exposed against a veteran team like Baltimore in the playoffs.
Luck did not have his best game, but it was one of his better efforts. Season-long problems with pass protection and a season worst in dropped passes doomed the offense in the 24-9 loss. But the future is bright in Indianapolis, even if there have been concerns all season long about Luck’s statistics:
- Luck’s completion percentage was 54.1 percent, or right between Mark Sanchez (54.3) and Chad Henne (53.9) at the bottom of the league.
- Luck’s 18 interceptions tied with Sanchez for the second most in the league behind the 19 thrown by Drew Brees and Tony Romo. He also lost five fumbles for a total of 23 giveaways.
- Luck’s passer rating was 76.5, or just behind Blaine Gabbert (77.4) for 26th in the league.
So how does a quarterback with such below-average traditional statistics manage to impress this much? Maybe Luck is just lucky, or maybe you have to understand his situation to truly appreciate his season.
Let’s put a bow on Luck’s rookie season with a full review.
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[via Bleacher Report]