The Washington Times-Herald

Local Sports

December 7, 2012

Luck is clear Offensive Rookie of the Year

Glade's Games

WASHINGTON — Andrew Luck is the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and it’s not even close. The Colts rookie quarterback has one viable receiver to depend on along with a very shaky defense and inconsistent running game, and yet has amazed all season long.

The Indianapolis Colts weren’t supposed to rebound so quickly after its divorce with future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. When the Colts released Manning, among much controversy, many thought it would take at least two seasons to get back to the playoffs. When Indianapolis selected Luck with the first overall pick in April’s NFL Draft over Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, Luck stepped into one of the most difficult situation that any rookie quarterback has ever faced.

Not only was Luck replacing one the best quarterbacks of all time in Manning, but he was taking over the worst team in the NFL. The Colts were 2-14 last season, and didn’t win a game until the month of December. When Manning sat out all of last year with a neck injury, the Colts collapsed, showing everyone how many holes Manning had been covering up for years. Luck stepped into that situation, and then you add on the Leukemia diagnosis for rookie head coach Chuck Pagano. If the Colts and Luck struggled through 4-12 season nobody would have blamed them. But they didn’t.

What Luck has accomplished has been nothing short of incredible. After Luck and Griffin were the top two picks, a majority of pundits hypothesized that Griffin’s Redskins would have more success after a 6-10 2011 season. Luck was stepping into a roster that had very few returning players that had any productivity.

Yes, Luck has thrown 16 interceptions through 12 games which is extremely high total even for a rookie, but what he has done has separated Luck from the other rookie quarterbacks is his late game performances. Luck has five game-winning drives this season for the 8-4 Colts. Beginning with the 30-27 comeback win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium, Luck introduced himself as one of the best late game performers in the NFL.

If you look primarily at the statistics between Luck and Griffin, they would tell you this award should go to Griffin in a landslide. Griffin has been electrifying for the 6-6 Redskins, winners of three in a row, including Monday’s upset of the reigning Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Griffin has thrown for 2,660 yards, 17 touchdowns and only four interceptions in Mike Shanahan’s ‘Pistol” offense. Griffin has also run for 714 yards and six touchdowns, breaking the rookie quarterback single season rushing record set last season by Cam Newton in only 12 games. Ironically, Luck has five rushing touchdowns in 61 fewer rushing attempts than Griffin.

The problem with putting Griffin ahead of Luck based solely on stats is that Griffin has attempted 178 less passes than Luck, which if you attempt 30 passes per game is six games worth of passes. Luck has had the entire Colts offense open up to him, while Griffin runs option plays, screens and check downs. Griffin has only attempted 25 passes this season of 21 yards or longer, while Luck has attempted 61 passes in that range.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Blu-chip 3 pic Blu-Chip takes over Complex The Washington Sports Complex played host to the 3rd Annual Blu-Chip 3v3 tournament, which is in memory of Zach Blubaum and Derek Arvin. The tourney was the largest of the three that have been played and helps to raise funds for the Derek Arvin Schol

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.Sometimes it could be as simple as a C-note handshake or a little cash slipped into a player’s socks outside his locker with a note telling him to

    July 25, 2014

  • Blu Chip ready for its third year Time is supposed to heal all wounds, but of course, that isn’t the case. Some tragedies are so severe that the healing process might never be complete, but rather a daily reminder of what has been lost. Whether it is a bumper sticker on a car, a funn

    July 25, 2014

  • Colts' 'monster' now preparing to 'hunt' ANDERSON — There’s a different kind of buzz surrounding the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare to report for training camp today at Anderson University.Expectations have been high inside the locker room since Chuck Pagano arrived in January 2012 and

    July 23, 2014

  • Sports Briefs WHS PhysicalsWashington High School athletic office would like to announce Physical Examinations for athletes will be held at Dr. Cullen’s office on Tuesday July 29, 9 am to 3 pm. All Washington athletes may use this service including High School, Ju

    July 23, 2014

  • SPT-WT-071914-ADAM GRABER PIC Barr-Reeve hands out Spring Awards MONTGOMERY — After the Fall and Winter sports seasons included a team reaching the state championship, Barr-Reeve’s final sport season had some catching up to do. Spring didn’t result in any state championship apperances, but it did see the Vikings c

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Posturing, predictions fly as SEC turns to a new season There’s plenty to enjoy about the Southeastern Conference’s annual cattle call in Hoover, Ala., where media of every description join players and coaches from each of the league’s 14 football teams to discuss the coming season. The best aspect is tha

    July 18, 2014

  • MadiWebster Webster to compete at Gymnastics Championships LOUISVILLE — More than 1,600 of the nation’s top gymnasts in acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline/tumbling will be in Louisville, this week for the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships. Madi Webster of Odon, who just placed third in

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zeller's Celtic games will air on WAMW Now that former Washington graduate Tyler Zeller is a Boston Celtic, his hometown radio station has changed NBA affiliations. DLC Media, Inc. the licensee of Radio Station WAMW-AM 1580 and 95.9 FM will broadcast several Boston Celtics games this seas

    July 15, 2014

  • SPT-WT-071214-AllStars02 Washington 12U falls to Evansville Golfmoor LOOGOOTEE — A terrific run for the Washington 12U All Stars came to a close at the hands of Southwestern Indiana Little League powerhouse Evansville Golfmoor 15-0 in the district finals at Loogootee on Friday.But the loss didn’t diminish the longest

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo