With all the build up and hype that came along with Andrew Luck’s primetime debut, it was more or less expected that this shootout between the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers was going to be one where each team put up 20+ points. NOPE!
Clearly an emerging problem for Andrew is the potential inconsistency of his “other” wideouts. We all know the class act/veteran Reggie Wayne (who caught his 1,000th reception last night), but players such as Coby Fleener and Darrius Heyward-Bey are beginning to cause concern. There were multiple times where the receivers couldn’t keep their hands on the ball which caused costly mistakes for Andrew and the offense. That in turn leads to a failure of Trent Richardson to run the ball effectively, set up the play action, and you know the rest.
While the defense looked like it forgot to run the ball last night, it forced Luck into a lot of uncomfortable situations (it didnt help that Coach Chuck Pagano‘s brother John Pagano is the defensive coordinator for the Bolts). This kid is their franchise, and if he wants to reach new heights he needs to let it ride! I believe that an adjustment at offensive line can never hurt, and helping keep Luck upright enables a more balanced effort.
From an outsider who truly admires Luck’s abilities, it seems this team was a little starry-eyed for their Monday night debut. That plus the overwhelming knowledge of Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis next Sunday night seemed to have the team a little out of sync. Again, this is coming from strictly an admirer of Luck’s work on the field, but this team has the potential to do great things. With a few adjustments in the trenches and a few dropped balls, I would not be surprised if people wanted to talk about these Colts facing Peyton and the Denver Broncos again before season’s end.
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