A good quarterback would take this time develop experience; a good quarterback would hold onto the ball, rushing, getting closer for a great kicker like Vinatieri to post a field goal and see what the defense can do to stop the other side; a good quarter back would throw the ball for an incomplete if there is no one to pass to. What does Luck do? He makes the openings appear; he moves to the right, drawing the defense and passing a slant ball to the left for a touchdown; he sees a gap and rushes through himself for a first down or better, rather than throwing a non-risky incomplete. No Luck isn’t a good quarterback; Andrew Luck is a GREAT quarterback, already posting game-winning drives in a very young career!
The dumb things we see in the media are the comparisons: what has Andrew achieved compared to RG3? How does he compare to Peyton Manning at a similar time? How does he compare to Manning now? How does he compare to Farve, or McNabb or maybe Montana or Marino? I’m surprised the media hasn’t compared him to Joe DiMaggio!
The truth is the comparisons are meaningless; in fact, they detract from what is happening now. If I have learnt anything about life through my animals, especially my dogs, it’s live in the moment.
Sure, we need to learn from history and never forget those greats that have gone before us to make this game the greatest game on earth! But also learn to enjoy the moment and seize this almost surreal time for the Colts.
Like many, I did predict that, while I couldn’t care less about this season’s playoffs, I wouldn’t be surprised to see us there. Now, the media is saying it. In fact, the football world is saying it; the NFL website survey had the Colts as the team most likely to get a wildcard. But even if we lose every game for the rest of the season, I WILL BE HAPPY IN THE REALIZATION THAT WE ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT JIM IRSAY SAID, “WE ARE BUILDING”.
Enter Coach Pagano and the rest of the coaching team and things become interesting at Indianapolis. The coaches support each other, communicating at every level, planning, practicing and, most importantly trusting. Trusting themselves, trusting each other, the administration, the players (and it would be impossible to name one when every player on this team remains so committed, so positive and so giving), and most importantly, trusting the fans to support and turn up. And turn up not only from Indianapolis but from all over America and many corners of the world.
And now, through Andrew’s and Riley Hospital’s initiative we take the COLTSTRONG ethos out to the children of Indianapolis, spreading it hopefully throughout America and have them thinking about the food they eat, the exercise they do and even the books they read. Sounds ambitious but the journey of a thousand miles does start with the first step and every Colts’ player will get behind the “Change the Play” movement which will add to the player’s already positive mind set on the gridiron!
Rooting for the Colts a half a world away. Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.
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