Andrew Luck had huge shoes to fill after being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 after the departure of legendary QB Peyton Manning.Surprisingly Luck filled those shoes better than many ever expected. Comparing his stats with Manning’s his rookie season, Andrew Luck put up pretty much the same numbers.
While their respective rookie seasons were closely correlated, their sophomore campaigns remain somewhat different. Peyton Manning went on to greatly improve his stats his second year in the league polishing his passer rating from 71.2 to 90.7 while Andrew Luck seems to have hit a few speed bumps during his second year.
However, is Andrew Luck really a victim of the notorious sophomore slump or are we just being too hard on him?
Considering he was thrown into the league expected to take over where Manning left off, Andrew Luck didn’t do as bad his sophomore season as we may have originally thought.
While Luck may not have thrown for as many yards this year as last year, trailing last year’s record by 552 yards, he still managed to improve his completion percentage by six percent and cut his interceptions in half. He’s also managed to keep the fumbles to a minimum, decreasing that number from nine to five.
Luck also has a certain talent Manning never fully possessed; he can run the ball!
He attempted 63 rushes this season for 377 yards, while last season he attempted 62 for 255 yards. A vast improvement on behalf of his rushing attempts. He even managed to score four touchdowns himself on those rushes.
Overall, his performance seems to be pretty consistent for a relatively new quarterback.
Basically, Andrew Luck’s “sophomore slump” is just an illusion brought on by a weak defense and a group of brand new receivers.
Looking at the numbers, there is no way Luck is solely to blame for what appears to be a miserable offensive season for the Colts. There is definitely not a sophomore slump in play as far as Andrew Luck is concerned. He is right where he should be for a quarterback thrust into the first string QB position expected to perform at the same level as his predecessor.
Statistically, he may not quite be up to Peyton’s playing level yet. But at this point, we should just be thankful that he isn’t playing like Curtis Painter.