Sounds crazy, right? While Andrew Luck is without a doubt an excellent NFL QB, most people would venture far from calling him the most valuable. Bear with me, and I think you’ll see why I feel this way.
The Colts roster for the early 2017 season has been utterly atrocious. With Luck out, as well as established veteran corner Vontae Davis and several other key players, this team that once had playoff potential has essentially become a CFL team. Scott Tolzien is a joke of a quarterback, Frank Gore is 34 years old and the only truly reliable starter on offense is Jack Doyle. This was supposed to be the year that this awful offensive line took a key step (or hopefully a few steps) in the right direction. The top lineman for the Colts, Ryan Kelly, is out injured and the rest of the line has had to switch positions around to accommodate. The defense… well, it looks like an Indianapolis Colts defense. They were unable to adjust whatsoever. They held the Rams to just 1.9 yards per carry on the ground, but got absolutely torched in the air. When the most promise comes from the Colts defense, you know there’s a problem.
I wish I could say that these are new problems, but they aren’t. These are the same issues that the Colts have been dealing with for a long time, and Andrew Luck has been forced to deal with them as well. And yet, in his rookie season, Luck carried this team to the playoffs. Three years in a row. While his decision-making is at times inconsistent and there are things Luck could fix to be even better, you have to give credit where credit is due. If you take Brady away from the Patriots, they can get the job done (see first four games of 2016 season). Teams like the Packers and Falcons can move the ball without their quarterbacks. Without Andrew Luck steering the ship, the Colts are lost at sea. They become a Vertical Offense with no QB to stretch the field, an offense unable to audible due to inexperience under center, and overall have no true identity.
As a Colts fan, I hope to see Andrew Luck come back and perform how I have seen him perform in the past. Because the fact of the matter is this: Andrew Luck is the duct tape holding this beaten and bruised organization together, and it won’t last much longer if something doesn’t change for the better soon.