ANDERSON, Ind. —
The Colts went 14-2 and advanced to Super Bowl XLIV in that 2009 season.
Nobody is predicting similar success this year. But that doesn’t mean expectations are low.
Especially for Luck, who already has drawn comparisons to Manning and two-time Super Bowl champion John Elway for his polish as a college quarterback.
Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians tutored Manning, Cleveland’s Tim Couch and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger during their rookie campaigns. Manning still holds the rookie standard with 26 touchdown passes, and Roethlisberger has the best quarterback rating for a rookie at 98.1.
Couch was the No. 1 overall pick with the Browns and also was highly thought of coming out of Kentucky.
“(Luck) has a little bit of Peyton, a little bit of Timmy Couch and a little bit of Ben,” Arians said. “It’s scary how good he can be. I’m really anxious to see him develop and watch him grow because he’s got the best of all three of those guys.”