How unlucky was Andrew Luck to have to start his NFL football career in Indianapolis? At the time Indianapolis seemed like that famous ship that hit that enormous iceberg and was in the process of getting swallow whole by the great blue sea. With a record of 2-14, a young quarterback and a new head coach most veteran and young talented players bum rushed life boats trying to get out, before their ship sank. But not all the superstars decided to abandon their team. Reggie Wayne was one of the few who decided to stay loyal to the Colts, the team that drafted him in 2001. This is an important fact because Wayne served as this young quarterback’s safety blanket.
First of all let’s look at the competition, quarterbacks only because this year was a strong quarterback class which had five of them starting on NFL teams. To be honest this was an excellent class of quarterbacks with Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and the true Offensive ROY Andrew Luck. As a reminder this is the first time three rookie quarterbacks took their NFL football teams to the playoffs in the same year. The first time two rookie quarterbacks dual against each other in the playoffs. In other words it was a good year for bad teams to become good.
I will break down all three elite quarterbacks so everyone can have a better understand why Luck should have been the ROY.
Russell Wilson, 24 Years Old – 5’11” – 206 Pound – 3rd Round / 75th Pick 2012
Wilson the Seattle Seahawks quarterback was the biggest surprise this year. He took advantage of opportunity and rose up to lead his team to the playoffs. Out of all rookie quarterbacks this year, Wilson was the one who advancing the furthest in the playoffs. But we have to realize he didn’t have to do it on his own.
The Seahawks had the 3rd best running games in the league, rushing for 2,579 yards. The best scoring defense allowing only 15.3 points a game. Not trying to take anything from the young talented quarterback but trying to give credit to one of the best defenses and one of the best running backs in the league. My only question is would Wilson be able to make the playoffs with a less talented team?
Wilson’s 2012 Stats: 3118 Passing Yards, 393 Pass Attempts, 252 Pass Completions, 26 Touchdown Passes, 10 Interceptions, 100.0 Passer Rating, 489 Rushing yards and 4 Rushing Touchdowns.
Robert Griffin III, 23 Years Old – 6’2” – 217 Pound – 1st Round / 2nd Pick 2012
RGIII the Washington Redskins quarterback was a young man who shined like diamonds under pressure. This kid was very accurate and made smart choices on and off the field. With speed and the ability to sit in the pocket and delivered the ball. This young man made Washington’s decision to trade away multiple draft picks seemed worth it. But RGIII also had a lot of help to appear in his first playoffs appearance.
The Redskins had the best running game in the league, rushing for 2,709 yards. Their 6th round pick, rookie running back Alfred Morris was also a candidate for the offense ROY. Morris was responsible for 60% of the running yards with 13 rushing touchdowns. This great running game limited the amount of times RGIII was require to throw the ball which took pressure off of him having to dictate his offense.
RGIII 2012 Stats: 3200 Passing Yards, 393 Pass Attempts, 258 Pass Completions, 20 Touchdown Passes , 5 Interceptions, 102.4 Passer Rating, 815 Rushing Yards and 7 Rushing Touchdowns.
Andrew Luck, 23 Years Old – 6’4” – 234 Pound – 1st Round / 1st Pick 2012
Luck the Indianapolis Colts quarterback was not only a leader the first time he stepped onto the Clots football field, but he was also a gunslinger that didn’t need a horse to plow the way. This kid could do everything; come from behind at home or away, take command over the offense, run the hurry up offense and scramble just as good as any other quarterback. Luck not only demonstrated why he was picked first over all but also proved why RGIII was selected second. It’s plain and simple; Luck took a rebuilding team that was the worst in the NFL to the playoffs with his arm.
The Colts hardly had a running game and what they accomplish running the ball was off the success of Luck throwing ability. The Colts rushed for 1,038 yards less than the Redskins. The Colts had to depend on Luck’s arm so much that he set the rookie record for most passing attempts in a rookie season at 627. Which lead him to set the record for most passing yards in a rookie season at 4,374, passing Newton’s last year’s record by more than 300 yards. Luck also set the rookie record for most passing yards in a game at 433. By far this one man show should have won the Offensive ROY, which the NFL ended up giving to RGIII.
Then a couple of weeks ago NFL.COM’s, Around The League Editor Gregg Rosenthal released the “Top Ten NFL Quarterbacks 25 or Under” and to no one’s surprise Luck sets on top at number one. I want to congratulate RGIII for his outstanding year and playing in the playoffs on one leg. But regardless of what RGIII accomplish, Luck is the True Offensive ROY.
Luck 2012 Stats: 4374 Passing Yards, 627 Pass Attempts, 339 Pass Completions, 23 Touchdown Passes, 18 Interceptions, 76.5 Passer Rating, 255 Rushing Yards, 5 Rushing Touchdowns.
If you are still question why Luck should be the Offensive ROY then go back and watch the video of Lucks comeback game against the Green Bay Packers. This kid came back in the second half from a score of 3 to 21, by running the hurry up offense. Luck’s touchdown driven drive ends up winning the game by 29 to 27 with seconds on the clock. But what made the game so impressing was that everybody knew the colts were going to throw the ball with Luck. Everybody knew the ball was going to Wayne, but yet Green Bay couldn’t stop them.
This was all done without bring up the name of that guy who left Luck some big shoes.