Cardinals HC Bruce Arians may not have a franchise quarterback right now but that didn’t stop him on praising a franchise quarterback at the combine interview on Friday. Arians, who was the former offensive coordinator and interim head coach for the 2012 Colts when the Colts went on an improbable 11-5 record, praised Colts QB Andrew Luck on his progression from 2012 to 2013. More importantly he praised Luck’s ability to handle winning when the pressure is on (or on him).
“I saw great improvement this year,” Arians said via George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin. “I thought he carried that football team to the playoffs. And then his performance in the playoffs was one of the best I’ve ever seen. He just refuses to lose.”
Even when Colts QB Andrew Luck didn’t play at his best during the playoffs, Arians still believes that Luck’s improbable comeback performance against the Kansas City Chiefs was one of the best he has seen ever.
“I saw great improvement this year. I thought he carried the football team to the playoffs. His performance in the playoffs I thought was one of the best I’ve ever seen. He just refuses to lose.” Arians said via Mike Chappell of Indystar.com. “It’s not about who’s calling plays or any of that stuff. Just let him play football and he’ll win for you. He is a flat winner and he was a true joy to coach.”
By far, Andrew Luck has made great progress on becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He still needs work but every quarterback in the NFL needs to polish his skills.
Hopefully the Colts can get deeper in the playoffs and the only way it would happen is how much progress Luck will make from Year 2 to Year 3.
Luck’s ceiling is high, in terms of potential (which he has shown), and hopefully the Colts as a unit can improve so they cannot put the entire burden on Luck when adversity strikes.