Earlier this week, Stanford head coach David Shaw joined the Dan Patrick show.
Shaw, who was Andrew Luck’s offensive coordinator from 2008-2010 and then his head coach in 2011, was asked about his former Cardinal quarterback.
The transcript below includes Shaw sharing some interesting insight to why Luck is wired the way he is:
Shaw on his favorite Andrew Luck story:
“There’s so many. There’s so many. (Patrick interjects: “Is (Luck) a nerd, David?”) Absolutely. Absolutely. And I love that about him and when people meet him, they love that about him, also. Because he’s not just football 24/7. He can talk about anything else. He loves talking about World Cup soccer. He can nerd out on World Cup soccer for hours.
What I love about Andrew is you see the way he plays…but he’s ultra, ultra competitive. There was a game we played against the University of Washington two years ago, his last year (2011). We set the school record for rushing yards and Andrew threw for 100-and-something yards (169 yards, season low) and it was on a day when like six guys threw for 350 plus yards, couple guys threw for 400 plus. We pulled Andrew out of the game and I looked at him and I was like, ‘Gosh, sorry. Everybody else had big days today and we just ran the ball a bunch today.’ And he looked at me and said, ‘Coach, I just had my best game.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘I saw everything. I got us in all the right run checks. I felt like it was a flawless game. I played my best football game.’
So here’s a guy that’s a Heisman Trophy candidate, he’s an All-American, an Academic All-American, he’s our team leader, etc, and he was so excited because we had two running backs over 100 (yards) and another running back go for 90 something. He was a part of it. That tells you how unselfish, his character, his leadership and his competitiveness. He was so excited that we won. He didn’t care about stats. So many guys say they don’t care about stats publically and they go back behind and they read everybody else stats and they get mad because their stats don’t compare. Here’s a guy that’s truly in it to win it and is truly part of the team.”
On Andrew Luck being “deceptively athletic” and why are there labels on him:
“That’s a great question and I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s a racial commentary because he doesn’t look like he should be that fast or if it’s because he is big, 240 pounds. But when you watch him play, and you saw it in high school, he’s a pocket passer, oh wait, he’s out of the pocket and he’s gone for 40 (yards). He had multiple runs here of 30 yards plus. He’s a great athlete. He can run, but at the same time he can also just buy time in the pocket and throw the ball. Deceptively athletic and deceptively fast, it’s not really deceptive to those guys on defense because sometimes they have a tough time catching him.”
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The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October. This marks the third time Mathis has earned the award in his career.
In the month of October, Mathis compiled 11 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed as the Colts went 2-1. His 4.0 sacks in the month ranked tied for fourth in the AFC while the two forced fumbles ranked tied for second in the NFL.
In a Week 5 victory against Seattle (10/6), Mathis totaled 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble as he became the 30th player in NFL history to record 100.0 career sacks. His second sack in the third quarter marked the first time in his career that he totaled multiple sacks in four consecutive games (9/15/13 – 10/6/13). Two weeks later in the team’s victory over undefeated Denver (10/20), Mathis finished with five tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble, which led to a safety. He regained the current league lead in sacks with his second quarterback takedown of Peyton Manning while passing Jim Jeffcoat for 26th place on the NFL’s all-time sack list.
For the season, Mathis has recorded 33 tackles (29 solo), 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one pass defensed. His sack total is tied for the fifth-most in a season in Colts history, while his five multi-sack games this year tie a franchise record.
Mathis was also the last Colts player to win AFC Player of the Month honors when he did so in September 2010.
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The Colts returned to the practice field on Wednesday in preparation for their third straight prime time game. Today’s news looks at the Colts trying to re-capture the AFC South and the task of facing the league’s top defense.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 31st.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
The message started with Chuck Pagano and extended throughout the Colts locker room.
“It’s huge,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of the prime-time matchup on NBC’s “Football Night in America.” “First and foremost, our No. 1goal is to win the division. The road to winning the division goes through Houston.”
Not long ago, this couldn’t be said. The Colts, during a span of sustained success few franchises have enjoyed, cruised to division championships in most seasons. In the seven division-title seasons, Indianapolis averaged 12.4 victories and recorded an astounding 34-8 mark (.810 winning percentage) against division foes Houston, Tennessee and Jacksonville. Twice, in 2005 and ’09, the Colts went unbeaten in the AFC South.
But the struggles of 2011, when quarterback Peyton Manning was injured, and the emergence of the Texans have prevented the Colts from winning a division title since 2010. The current team, comprised mostly of players who weren’t around for the days when the Colts dominated the South, has a renewed focus on winning the division because it’s something most players on the roster have not experienced.
“There’s a saying, ‘To be the champs, you have to beat the champs,’ ” said outside linebacker Robert Mathis, one of just eight holdovers from the 2010 team. “So, in order to get it back, we have to go down there and handle our business. I’ve been a part of some championship teams. (This team) is focused and they want it.”
By: Mike Marot, The Associated Press
Through the first seven games of the NFL season, the Colts have piled up a pretty impressive list of accomplishments.
They beat the defending NFC champs on the road. They are the only team with wins over two of the NFL’s three one-loss teams. They’ve already beaten the NFL’s top offense and, on Sunday, they’ve got another big challenge — facing Houston’s top-ranked defense .
“They’ve got game-wreckers all over the place. They’ve got a front seven that is as good as anybody in football. They’ve got probably the best defensive player in football in J.J. Watt,” coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday.
Pagano didn’t stop there, and with good reason. There are plenty of other guys on Houston’s defense who are capable of creating chaos, and the Colts know it.
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