Andrew Luck is, without question, a wiser quarterback today than he was seven weeks ago.
But the Indianapolis Colts rookie doesn’t know it all.
He’s the first to say so.
“I think I’ve learned a little bit more about the playbook, maybe a little bit more about opposing defenses; still a long way to go,” said Luck, whose NFL career is six games old heading into Sunday’s AFC South showdown at Tennessee. “I think I’m learning when to throw the ball away, when to take a sack, when not to force a ball.
“These are things that I’m nowhere near perfect on and will continue to learn, and hopefully I’ll get better.”
Not that the Luck has been bad, especially by rookie standards on a rebuilding team. His stats don’t dazzle, but the only figure that matters is his record as the starter: 3-3.
Already off to a significantly better start than most experts predicted, the Colts remain in the playoff picture and can go above .500 for the first time this season with a win against the Titans (3-4).
For the Colts to get it, they’ll have to conquer the challenges that have led to their 0-2 start start on the road. Turnovers, pass-protection breakdowns, an inefficient ground game and yielding big plays on defense have contributed equally to the struggles — of which Luck has not been immune.
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