Andrew Luck has come a long way in the past few years. His career was in question after a dragged out rehab process that took him about 2 years to recover from. Luck tore his labrum in his right shoulder against the Titans towards the end of the 2015 season and then injured the same shoulder while snowboarding in 2016. It was uncertain whether he would start another game in the NFL and now heading into Week 13, Andrew Luck has officially joined the MVP conversation.
Through 11 games, Luck has thrown for 3,112 yards (9th), 32 touchdowns (2nd) and 11 interceptions (28th) with a 68.4 completion % (10th) and a 102.7 rating (8th). Right now, now the Colts are on a 5-game win streak and sit in 2nd place behind the Texans with a 6-5 record. They have really turned things around since the loss to the Jets back in October.
For the first time in his career, Luck has an offensive line that is keeping him on his feet. They have done a great job of building the line through the draft over the past few years by selecting center Ryan Kelly in 2016 and guard Quenton Nelson along with tackle Braden Smith in 2018. Luck hasn’t been sacked in their 5-game win streak. He is making due with the skill position players he has around him. Outside of T.Y. Hilton, there aren’t any special playmaking receivers to help Luck out. However, Eric Ebron has been a great acquisition by the team. He has finally turned into the tight end everyone thought he’d be in Detroit with Matt Stafford. Perhaps a change of scenery and coaching has turned Ebron into a Pro Bowl caliber tight end.
As well as he’s been playing, it will be tough to jump Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes as they too have been playing on another level.
Rookie head coach Frank Reich has done wonders for Luck this year that was clearly lacking under Chuck Pagano. He served as the offensive coordinator of the Super Champion Philadelphia Eagles and was crucial in the development of Carson Wentz. The Eagles offense have taken a step back without Reich in the building which speaks volumes to how important he was.
It has taken some time, but Andrew Luck is officially back and Colts fans have a lot to be excited about regardless if Luck takes home the MVP trophy or not.