Andrew Luck has been pretty bad this season. Extra bad. A large amount of his struggle stemmed from his inability to stay healthy. As we have learned in Minnesota, many people believe a person’s ability to stay healthy is a skill, or a matter of will power. Some also seem to be of the impression that an unhealthy Luck is representative of who he is as a person.
Making matters worse, is that Matt Hasselbeck is 3-0 helming the Colts. Even when Luck gets healthy, is it time to bench him in favor of the vet? Well, of course not.
Hasselbeck has won despite having the two lowest passing totals of any Colts QB this season, and has also benefitted from some of the best games in terms of points allowed. The best game the Colts have played defensively was against Jacksonville, hwne they allowed 13 points… And then Indianapolis needed an extra frame to top Jacksonville.
And then there are the opponents. Hasselbeck played against Jacksonville, Houston when they were at their lowest and a severely backsliding Atlanta (and then needed a horrible pick 6 to get there) to get his three wins. Andrew Luck has lost to both the undefeated teams, as well as Buffalo and New York, who are greatly improved this year. Admittedly, the New Orleans game was a dud. .
Unquestionably, Andrew Luck has had a bad season, and as much as I harp on the terrible line play, Luck needs to adapt to his situation. On the other hand, the hero worship of a backup QB not blowing winnable games is the type of thinking that can set whole franchises back by a few years, if the organization listens to the praise too closely.