Was Andrew Luck’s Early Success a Good Thing?

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nytimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Back in 2012, Andrew Luck was the most intriguing Quarterback to come out of College since Peyton Manning played his first NFL snap in 1998. It was clear that the hype was not wrong, as the former Stanford Cardinal led Indianapolis to an 11-5 record, just one year removed from finishing 2-14. Although Luck brought his team to the postseason, was it worth it?

Following his incredible rookie season, as a sophomore Luck would again lead his Colts to an 11-5 record, and a comeback win in the AFC wildcard game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Not to mention, the following season, Luck’s greatness was shown once more, as he led the league in Touchdowns, as well as leading the Colts to a AFC Championship game, defeating Peyton Manning’s Broncos in the process.

As of late however, Luck’s ability to carry a team has took a toll on the Colts. Due to three straight trips to the post-season, the Colts had to change to a win now mentality, and not to be patient and rebuild. Let’s not forget that if Andrew hadn’t had a successful rookie year, it is possible that Arizona Head Coach Bruce Arians would still be with the team. That win-now thought process has led the Colts to miss the Playoffs two seasons in a row, with identical 8-8 records.

The change of mind from Colts Front Office, has now come back to haunt over Lucas Oil Stadium. Missed Free Agent experiments such as Trent Cole, Todd Herremans, LaRon Landry, the mistake of trading for Trent Richardson, and blown draft picks like, Bjoern Werner and Phillip Dorsett, General Manager Ryan Grigson has made the Colts even farther from their goal to a Super Bowl, and will waste Andrew Luck’s prime years with the roster he has built.

Imagine had the Colts not making it to the playoffs the first two or three seasons? The Colts would have had a lottery picks to help both sides of the ball, players such as Sheldon Richardson, Ziggy Ansah, Xavier Rhodes, and if they had not traded their first round pick for Trent Richardson, the Colts could have also selected, Jason Verrett, Deone Buchannon, or even Bradley Roby.

It is safe to say that the three years of short term success from Andrew Luck, has leaving the Colts with a not so very bright future, with a depleted offensive line, a below average defense, a not so good head coach, and a not so wise General Manager and owner. It will be interesting to see what Ryan Grigson can do to bring back a championship roster to Indianapolis.

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