The franchise quarterback has demonstrated the ability to play outstanding football at times. But he also has back-breaking turnovers. How can the Colts fix this issue?
Andrew Luck has done great things in his career. He essentially carried a team on his back to the AFC Championship game in 2014. He has thrown a ton of touchdowns and mounted countless 4th quarter comebacks. But he has a big issue that has plagued him his entire career: untimely turnovers.
Luck isn’t afraid to make any throws. He believes he can make any throw he wants. You want your quarterback to have that kind of mindset. What you don’t want is your quarterback making poor decisions and throwing into coverage.
The Colts played an outstanding game of defense on Sunday. They held the Redskins to only 9 points. But one of the key moments of the game was holding them to a field goal after a Luck interception in Colts territory. Luck blindly threw into double coverage and gave the Redskins great field position. But the defense held up.
Luck can’t expect to get bailed out from the defense all the time. The defense isn’t good enough to consistently play at the level they played at on Sunday. Luck has to do a better job of taking care of the football. He seems to be good for at least one bad turnover a game.
Coach Frank Reich has tried to fix this. He has designed an offense to get the ball out of Luck’s hand quicker. By doing that, he can cut down on the amount of turnovers. Also having a healthy offensive line could make a big difference, so hopefully Anthony Castonzo is back for week 3.
The Colts will go as far as Luck can take them. But if they want to make a run, he has to take care of the ball.