The Colts are immersed in preparation for the Miami Dolphins. Today’s news looks at the struggles of the offensive line in Week One, Andrew Luck’s ability to grind out wins and the relationship between Luck and Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, September 12th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Andrew Luck was sacked four times on Sunday and for that the offensive line has received a bit of criticism in the past week.
Holder takes a look at the line after Owner Jim Irsay demanded that the Colts protect No. 12 better.
While Luck was sacked four times, two of them, arguably, were not the fault of the offensive line. The first came with Luck running out of bounds for a 2-yard loss in the second quarter, another on a fourth-down bootleg when Luck held the ball too long because no receivers were open. Luck said the defense “sniffed out” that play.
“I thought the O line did a heck of a job,” Luck said prior to Irsay’s comments. “It was a good, tough defense. We were efficient running and throwing the ball. I think (the first sack) that shows up on the stat sheet, it was me just running out of bounds on a bootleg a yard behind the line of scrimmage instead of throwing the ball away. That’s not on the offensive line. People are eager to jump on the offensive line.
“They’re an easy target.”
By: Michael Marot, Associated Press
In his first 17 NFL games, Andrew Luck has orchestrated eight game-winning drives.
He’s done it with his arm, he’s done it with his feet, and now the second-year quarterback would like to figure out how to make things easier on everyone around the Colts’ complex.
Things weren’t supposed to be this difficult in 2013 for Luck & Co., after a big offseason spending spree and a change in offensive philosophy. One week into the season, though, little has changed. Indianapolis is still relying on Luck’s strong right arm and his uncanny knack to rally the team.
“Guys don’t freak out, if you will. (They) keep playing football, realize maybe you give a little extra focus,” Luck said, explaining the secret to the Colts’ late-game success. “Guys just sort of seem to bear down and play ball.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Ryan Tannehill falls into the 2012 NFL Draft Class but his name is sometimes forgotten among Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.
As a former wide receiver at Texas A&M, Tannehill is an athletic signal caller with running capabilities but similar to Luck, the Dolphins quarterback tries to stay away from any “labels”.
“I don’t really look to label myself at all,” he said Wednesday during a conference call at the Indianapolis Colts training facility. “My first instinct is not to run, for sure. I want to get the ball out downfield, go through my progressions, have great pocket presence, be able to move around, stand in there and make a tough throw with pressure in my face. But I also think I have the athleticism to get out when I need to, to be able to move the pocket and to move the chains with my feet.”
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