INDIANAPOLIS — "You can make just an incredible highlight reel of him, people just hanging on to him and him still making plays. It’ll be a big point of emphasis, but this guy is not a rookie. He’s been playing, like I said, an eight, nine-year vet. He’s been exceptional.”
While some outside observers sometime attribute some of the success of the Manning brothers -- Peyton and Eli -- or Luck in the NFL to the fact their fathers were former players in the league, Kubiak won't go that far. How they were raised makes a big difference as well.
"I would say this, obviously, Oliver [Luck] and his wife have raised a tremendous young man, not only a football player, but a tremendous young man. He’s been successful at every level. I watched him at Stratford High School [in Houston], what he did. You watch him go to Stanford. You watch a kid come in this league and handle what he’s handled and go into some of the places he’s played and the way he’s played. It’s extremely impressive, but I don’t think it’s a surprise," he said.
"I think it’s something he’s been doing all along. I think that’s happening more often now. I think some of these guys you look at [Robert Griffin III]. You look at that. You look at [Miami rookie quarterback Ryan] Tannehill. You look at some of these guys and how quick they’re being successful in this league. It says a lot about their upbringing and the way they’re being coached in college, so very impressive.”
Kubiak is not the only members of the Texans coaching staff who has been impressed. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who was also an assistant and later head coach in Denver, has watched a lot of game tape of Luck in the past week.