Ever since Andrew Luck entered the NFL Draft three years ago, he was tabbed as being the next great quarterback. For the most part, he has lived up to those expectations. He has led the Indianapolis Colts to back-to-back playoff appearances, and has Colts fans thinking of a possible Super Bowl run in his third year.
Russell Wilson has beaten Luck in the race to become the first Super Bowl champion, but Wilson has more talent around him. Furthermore, Luck is asked to do much more than most quarterbacks in the NFL. The scary part is that Luck can do everything the Colts ask him at such a high level. Great quarterback play can carry a team that is short on talent throughout the regular season, but those flaws will be exposed in the playoffs. Luck lost the race to become the first quarterback from that draft class to win a Super Bowl, but he can be the first one to win an MVP award.
There are numerous reasons why Colts fans can expect Luck to be in the MVP conversation, and it starts with the system. The power running game will not get Luck numbers that Peyton Manning had, but this is the first time in Luck’s career where he does not have to learn a new system going into training camp. Also, this means the rest of the offense is going to be on the same page early. This is going to allow for him to do more with his teammates, and that is going to allow for the Colts to be more versatile on offense.
The Colts have a lot of quality players on offense this year thanks to team being healthy. Dwayne Allen is back, and that addition is going to be huge for the offense because of the matchup problems he creates. Also, T.Y. Hilton is going to continue to be an impact playmaker on offense. The additions of Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks should allow the Colts to do much more on offense this year.
In the offseason, Luck received some help along the offensive line with the addition of Jack Mewhort along the interior of the offensive line. Luck was hit the most times in the NFL last year, so more protection will go a long way.
The Colts defense might allow a lot of points this year, which means more shootouts for Luck to be involved in. The team is going to be without Robert Mathis for the first four games, and he is the MVP on the defensive side of the ball. The Colts open the season against the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles, and those games should be shootouts.
The combination the above could be perfect storm needed to get Luck his first MVP award in 2014. It is something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.