Is Andrew Luck Doing Too Much?


Heavy is the weight for the title of number one overall pick in the NFL Draft. Franchises have been won and lost on the basis of taking a quarterback with a round one first pick. The Indianapolis Colts found themselves in a tough situation, after going 2-14 last season. The franchise decided to reload, in hopes that they would find a new quarterback to lead them for the next decade or more. A lot of expectations rest heavy on the head of rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.

Not only is Luck being asked to carry the weight of a franchise, he is also expected to fill the shoes of a Hall-of-Fame quarterback. Luck taking the reigns for the Colts is much more daunting than the task of taking over the Oakland Raiders or the Cleveland Browns. Luck is replacing a legend. Teams like the Miami Dolphins (and even the Denver Broncos) have struggled for over a decade trying to find a substitute for their former franchise quarterback.

Luck has been on the run a lot in the first three games of this season. In fact, Luck led the Colts in rushing in a week three loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Luck ran four times for 50 yards in week three, with a long run of 19 yards. Luck has been forced to run ten times in three games, a stat that was never compared to Peyton Manning. Currently, Luck is second on the team in rushing, with 80 yards in ten attempts.