The Indianapolis Colts enter the 2013 campaign with three quarterbacks on the current roster. The trio of Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck and Chandler Harnish will all take snaps under center for the blue and white with the latter two backing up Luck.
Luck is coming off of a stellar 2012 season. He broke nearly all the franchise and NFL rookie records last year and looking to build off of his rookie season for an even better sophomore year. He threw for 4,374 yards with 23 touchdowns last season, and also brought the Colts back nine times in the fourth quarter for victories, showing great poise and maturity in the pocket.
He also used his legs more than the Colts have been accustomed to under the days of Peyton Manning, and had five touchdowns and 255 yards on the ground last year. Where he’d like to improve is his decision-making in not forcing the ball into coverage and taking less sacks.
Luck threw 18 interceptions and was sacked over 40 times in ’12. He went down at least once every game. That wasn’t all his fault as most of the blame could be put on the offensive line, which is improved entering this season.
The backup situation is also the best its ever been in Indianapolis. For most of the previous regime, the Colts didn’t hold a valuable backup quarterback to Manning. That came back and haunted them once Manning went down and put the Colts in the situation they’re in now.
Now, GM Ryan Grigson wanted some job security when he went out and got Hasselbeck, a 15-year NFL veteran to back up Luck. After losing last year’s backup Drew Stanton to the Arizona Cardinals, he knew Harnish wasn’t ready to fill in if needed yet.
That’s where Hasselbeck comes in. The quarterback situation is a huge strength once again for the Colts, and should be among the top units in the NFL.