Even before he was drafted, fans of the Indianapolis Colts were hailing Andrew Luck as the “savior” of the franchise. As the Colts opened training camp in preparation for the 2012 season, both head coach Chuck Pagano and Luck were quick to challenge that idea.
Chuck Pagano told media members gathered for the team’s first practice that the Colts are being careful not to overload Luck, despite his unique talents and experience beyond his years.
“Because he is so bright you might try to force feed him, so to speak, and give him more and more. But you don’t want to get the cart before the horse. Let’s take it one day at a time and do your job as well as you can and execute the offense.”
Pagano downplayed any notion that Luck is responsible for the rebuilding job that faces the franchise. Instead, he emphasized the “family” atmosphere he’s trying to create with a focus on each player assuming responsibility for his role:
“We’ve surrounded him with enough weapons and have an offensive line group we feel really good about. He doesn’t have to bear the weight of this whole thing on his shoulders.”
For his part, Luck also dismissed any notion that he’s looking in any rear view mirrors. Luck said he doesn’t have time to think about predecessors or what the team might have done in the past. The task before him is large enough without that added pressure.
“I come in and do my job…if I woke up everyday comparing myself to Peyton, I’d go crazy.”
For all the attention Luck has had to deal with as the number one overall pick in the NFL draft, he sounds an awful lot like any other NFL rookie trying to make his way:
“I’m just worried about not being late to meetings and knowing where the practice field is.”
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