When the Indianapolis Colts lost Peyton Manning to a season ending injury the team simply collapsed. Manning is a once in a generation quarterback who gave the Colts the equivalent of an extra offensive coordinator on the field. As luck would have it the injury to Manning could not have come at a better time for the ailing franchise.
The loss of Peyton put them in position to draft dynamic Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The expectation was that Luck would be the future face of the colts franchise for years to come, much like they did with Peyton Manning. The only difference is that Luck has shown he is ahead of anyone’s expectations in his rookie season. Not only is Luck a rookie, so is an unusually high amount of the team. This is only more telling of the phenom QB’s skill and understanding of the offense. There is one thing I believe is key to the early success of Luck.
In the early talk after the release of Peyton Manning, future Hall of Fame receiver Reggie Wayne, talked about following Manning to Denver. Reggie Wayne currently leads the league in reception yards. Wayne is the leader of this young team and his choice to stay is playing a big roll in Luck’s success.
Andrew Luck has certainly proven to be everything the Colts franchise had hoped for, and more. In looking at this one way, you could say that the Colts drafted the next, once in a generation, franchise quarterback. Luck is certainly on the shortlist for the rookie of the year and has the Indianapolis Colts in the thick of the playoff hunt. I don’t expect that the franchise will see the Super Bowl this season but, they may see many in the coming years. The main focus now for the team is to keep developing the other key skill positions around Luck. It should be exciting to see the future of the franchise with such a dynamic and skilled young quarterback.