INDIANAPOLIS — "Actually, I saw that young man [Luck] in high school. He grew up right here down the road [from the Texans' offices] and I watched him throw some seven-on-seven tournaments and stuff while my kids were growing up. And he’s been exceptional at every level he’s played. Now, he’s at the highest level and he’s doing it again. I think he’s going to do it a long, long time."
Perhaps the thing that caught Kubiak's attention the most while reviewing Luck's season thus far was the rookie's sense of the game.
"You can tell he’s a student of the game. [He] has a total grasp from that standpoint and he’s a tremendous competitor that seems the tougher the situation, the better he is as a player," the Texans coach pointed out.
Kubiak wasn't done with his enthusiasm for the Colts' first-year quarterback.
“I think [Luck is] exceptional. I think I’ve said this a couple times. He’s sure as heck hasn’t disappointed. He’s been excellent this year. I told the team [this week] he’s playing like an eight-, nine-year football player when you watch him play. He’s handling a ton of offense. He makes plays off-schedule and the bigger the situation, the bigger he makes. I’m extremely impressed with him. I know our football team is, too, after watching him," he said.
"Good, young, fast, football team that’s coming in here. [The Colts have] built this thing really, really quick. [Interim coach] Bruce [Arians] has done an amazing job with them."
When pressed further, Kubiak offered up who he thinks Luck most closely resembles as an NFL quarterback.
"The thing about this guy, he reminds me a lot of [Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback] Ben Roethlisberger from a standpoint even when you get there [to rush the quarterback], he’s hard to tackle. He’s a big guy. He’s very athletic, makes a lot of plays with his feet. It’s got to be a big conscious effort for us to keep him contained and then when we do have our opportunities you got to really work to bring him down," the Texans coach said.