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January 10, 2014

Belichick ready for the Colts

Bill Belichick doesn't have to be reminded about the talents of Indianapolis Colts second-year quarterback Andrew Luck.

Although Belichick's New England Patriots handed the Colts a 59-24 loss in Foxboro last year, he came away from the game with plenty of respect for the young signal caller.

Luck completed 27-of-50 passes for 334 yards, two touchdowns. He also had three interceptions, with two being returned for touchdowns.

The Patriots got a quick glimpse at how good the Indianapolis quarterback could be as he led his team on touchdown drives on the Colts' first two offensive possessions.

Not bad considering it was Luck's first-ever trip into noisy and often wind-swept Gillette Stadium.

Belichick has seen even more progress over the course of this year.

"I don’t think anything is that surprising. He had a great college career, first pick in the draft. I think everybody saw him as a very talented player coming into this league. He’s done all the things that I think he has the talent to do. He’s obviously a smart guy. He works hard, he’s tough, he has good leadership skills. He’s athletic, he can make plays with his feet and his arm: scramble plays, designed plays, plays that play out kind of the way they’re drawn up but he can improvise and make plays on his own," he said earlier this week.

"He does a good job of seeing down the field. He throws a very good deep ball, has good touch on some of the short and intermediate plays: screens, crossing routes, again some touch plays in the red zone, things like that. There’s no question he’s a complete football player and one of the top quarterbacks in this league already. He has a great career in front of him but I think he’s already established himself as a very poised and talented player that can do a lot of things to beat you and he manages his team well and plays good situational football."

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