Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck may be the most underrated quarterback in relation to mobility in the NFL. Mobile quarterbacks like Eagles QB Michael Vick, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson are best known for making plays with their feet. However, Luck is a well-established mobile quarterback and should be in the same category as Robert Griffin III or Colin Kaepernick. However, there is a reason why Luck will never be in the same category as RG3 or Kaepernick.
According to Kevin Patra from NFL.com, Chuck Pagano stated after the Colts victory that “[Andrew Luck] is running way too much, I know that. He’s running way too much. We’ve got to do a better job of keeping him clean.”
It looks like the Colts are not happy that Luck has scrambled five times in three preseason games. The risk for any quarterback that scrambles out of the pocket is getting an injury because defenders see them as a target. If Luck wants to have a long, successful career maybe trying to throw the ball away rather than scrambling is a better idea.
Last year, Luck ran with the ball 62 times for 255 yards (4.1 yards-per-carry). He also had five rushing touchdowns. As you can see, Luck had success running the ball which was part of the reason that he had a successful season last year. However, the Colts want to see Luck throw the ball more rather than him running with the ball. It doesn’t help that many times Luck has to run with the ball because of bad pocket protection.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts coaching staff talks to Luck during the remainder of the preseason to convince him to only scramble on short yardage or goal line situations. If Luck does get hurt, which I hope he doesn’t, then Chuck Pagano will get most of the blame like how Mike Shanahan received most of the blame when RG3 got a knee injury during the postseason.
Remember, the Colts are lucky that they were able to draft a franchise quarterback while teams like the Oakland Raiders, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are still trying to find their franchise quarterback. Therefore, the Colts will do anything in their power to keep Luck healthy.