Andrew Luck’s Injury Brings Familiar 2011 Feeling

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Andrew Luck
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Andrew Luck /

The Indianapolis Colts were embarrassed last Sunday by the Los Angeles Rams on the road in a 46-9 defeat that was clearly a one-sided affair. Quarterback Andrew Luck did not play due to a shoulder injury and isn’t expected to play in Week 3 either.

This must raise the question that brings up a familiar situation that happened in 2011.

How much has Luck carried the team?

If you don’t recall of the situation that occurred back in 2011, former quarterback Peyton Manning had been ruled out for the season due to offseason neck surgery.

That year, the Colts finished with a record of 2-14 as they were exposed as a team that was carried heavily by their Hall of Fame quarterback

Now granted they were stuck with QB’s such as Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter, and Dan Orlovsky, but could that downgrade really lead to eight less wins?

Owner Jim Irsay fired head coach Jim Caldwell, and decided to start fresh by releasing big name players such as tight end Dallas Clark, linebacker Gary Brackett, and center Jeff Saturday.

This refresh led to the release of Manning, selecting Andrew Luck with the number one pick, and the hiring of head coach Chuck Pagano.

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In his first three seasons, Luck propelled the Colts to a record of 11-5 each year and into the playoffs, including an appearance in the AFC Championship game in 2014.

Fast forward to 2017 with Luck on the sidelines. Could the Colts be heading in that same direction where some weaknesses are exploited this season?

Luck’s injury isn’t supposed to be season-ending, but per reports he could be out until Week 6, which could make or break the Colts’ season.

Pagano has been on the hot seat after two consecutive 8-8 seasons, and if this year continues as is, he could be on his way out.