QB Watch: Colts’ Andrew Luck
Allowing Wilson to see a field full of defenders with their backs to him would be suicidal. Of course, don’t get me wrong, the Colts can’t just sit back and let him sit in the pocket. Wilson will pick them apart if the Colts can’t get pressure on him. According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Wilson has a 120.3 quarterback rating when he isn’t pressured, and a 49.6 rating when pressured. It’s not a new phenomenon for a quarterback to struggle when pressured, but with Wilson there is a huge difference. With Seattle’s injury issues on the offensive line, the defensive line should have a shot at pressuring Wilson, but will need to keep their gaps closed at the same time. No. 2: Open up the field for Reggie Wayne One of the keys to the Pep Hamilton offense thus far has been using deep routes and the threat of the run to open up the middle of the field for Reggie Wayne, something that Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar covered in-depth in his review of the Colts’ offense. And when the Colts do run play-action, one of their favorite concepts is to line speedy young receiver T.Y. Hilton outside veteran Reggie Wayne in the slot. At the snap, youll see Hilton take the top off and work at least one safety, while Wayne owns the middle of the field behind linebackers that have been frozen by the fakes.
But were not where we want to be. We want to be at the top of the league. Not just statistically. But we want to be one of those defenses that can be counted on at the end of the year. Returning to the lineup Center Samson Satele is expected to start Sunday against Seattle. Satele has missed the last two games with an elbow injury that he suffered against Miami. With Sateles return to the starting lineup, offensive guard Mike McGlynn will move back to his regular spot at right offensive guard. McGlynn started at center against San Francisco and Jacksonville. He has been the Colts starting right offensive guard for most of the last two seasons. Tight end/H-Back Dominique Jones continues to be listed as the primary backup to starter Coby Fleener.
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Hilton . Luck called his start terrible. But Luck, as expected, got it going after the first quarter. He finished the game 22-of-36 for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Fast-forward: Colts coach Chuck Pagano described Seattles secondary as being huge. Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are both at least 6-foot-3 and the Seahawks are fifth in the league in pass defense, giving up only 191 yards a game through the air. Seattle is tied for third in the league in interceptions (seven) and is in the middle of the pack in sacks (11). Luck has been sacked only three times in the past two games after going down seven times in the first two games. On target: Luck had to improve his accuracy this season after averaging 39 attempts a game and completing only 54 percent of his passes his rookie season. Hes taken a significant leap this season, completing 64 percent of his passes on 32 attempts a game.
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1 takes the reins. More … “I’m on the record as saying Andrew Luck can be the greatest quarterback who ever played the game of football ,” Baldwin said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. “I’ve seen him do some unbelievable things that I still can’t believe a quarterback was able to do. I have tremendous respect for that guy.” Baldwin’s allegiance to Luck doesn’t mean he is selling Russell Wilson short. “They’re both very good quarterbacks,” Baldwin explained. “They’re both highly intelligent, both make plays with their feet and both have great arms. I don’t want to take it any further than that.” While Baldwin’s comments will certainly be viewed in some corners as undeserving and premature, he’s hardly alone in his assessment. Entering the league, Luck was touted by various outlets as the best prospect since Peyton Manning , the best prospect since John Elway, the best prospect ever and the most NFL-ready prospect in history .
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Luck attempted 101 passes in which the primary target was 20 or more yards downfield in 2012, most in the NFL. He also faced more pressure plays 268 than any other quarterback. Through four games under Hamilton, things are somewhat different. Luck has attempted just 18 passes of 20 or more yards in the air Ben Roethlisberger leads the league with 27. However, hes faced pressure on 63 of his 150 dropbacks, which is actually a higher percentage (42.0) than last years 38.1 percent. Thats a product of Indys relatively weak offensive line, but one thing thats working better than last season is the Colts running game. Pep Hamilton has the Colts offense running at full power. (MCT via Getty Images) The Colts rank second, behind only the Philadelphia Eagles, in Football Outsiders opponent-adjusted metrics when it comes to overall rushing efficiency they ranked 18th last year . Indianapolis ranked 28th in FOs Adjusted Line Yards metric (overall run-blocking efficiency) in 2012, and theyre second behind the Green Bay Packers this season.
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The Colts pulled out a 21-17 victory, but found out they had work to do stopping the read-option quarterbacks on the schedule this year. “It was a great lesson learned,” said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano . “I think the speed of the game and how good that Pryor really is – until you actually see it – it’s really hard to simulate in practice.” Two weeks later, the Colts did a much better job corralling 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick . Kaepernick ran seven times for just 20 yards. This Sunday, the challenge is Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. For the third time in the first five games, the Colts face a quarterback who is a threat to run. But the Colts seem to have a better idea now how to handle read-option quarterbacks. “They all can run,” said Colts cornerback Darius Butler . “They’re all fast, athletic. I think Russell probably does a better job keeping his eyes downfield when he’s scrambling and extending the play. I would say he’s more of a threat with his arm.
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The other part is that Fleener has taken advantage of his opportunities. When starting tight end Dwayne Allen went down with a season-ending hip injury in the season opener, Fleener knew he would have a bigger role in the offense, and he has responded. On Sunday at Jacksonville, Luck threw seven passes to Fleener. He caught five, matching Reggie Wayne’s total, for 77 yards and a touchdown. And over the last three weeks, the 6-foot-6, 251-pound Illinois native has caught 11 of 15 balls thrown in his direction. What’s different? “I would say that I have to pick up some slack as far as some plays where Dwayne would have been in,” Fleener said. “But ultimately, our game plan, I think, has stayed pretty true to what it would have been with Dwayne or without him.” The biggest change, though, has been confidence.
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Runs by Ayden Oliver and Jordan Morgan plowed through the Eagles defensive line gaining yards. Late in the 4th quarter, Andrew Wojciechowski, Tim Ferrence and Angelo Mastrioanni upheld their line while Gavin Nafso delivered some powerful tackles. In the end the Colts denied the Eagles any points. By Deanna Roseberry Freshmen lose in overtime The Freshman Colts (3-2) lost in overtime in a defensive slug-fest against the Livonia Eagles on Sunday. The boys fought hard on both sides of the ball, and the score remained 0-0 into overtime. Livonia punched in the ball to leave the final score 6-0. Drew Backus, Siddarth Kanduri, Parker Ladach, Daniel Logan, Danny Sheehan, Garrett Slusser, James Monticelli, Cole McGowan, Massimo Porco, and Jack Thallman all tried to create some momentum as they worked hard to move the ball up the field, but the Eagle defense held tight throughout the game.
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–DT Jordan Hill (hamstring) practiced Wednesday and should be ready to make his debut Sunday. –S Jeron Johnson (hamstring) practiced Wednesday. –C Max Unger, who was inactive last week, was limited at practice Wednesday. GAME PLAN: The Seahawks offensive line was a mess last week. This week, they deal with Robert Mathis, who is tied for the NFL lead with 7.5 sacks. The Colts are also third in the league in sacks per pass attempt. The baseline of Seattle’s offense will remain the same: give it to Marshawn Lynch and take it from there. The approach from the Colts will be similar to Seattle.
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He finished with only 60 yards rushing, with 12 yards being his longest run. Donald Brown rushed for more yards (65) than Richardson on 17 fewer carries. Richardson is averaging only 2.9 yards a carry. Bradshaws status for next weeks showdown against Seattle is uncertain. Itll be interesting to see who coach Chuck Pagano starts if Bradshaw is ready to play. I feel real good, Richardson said. I know the big run is going to come.