The Indianapolis Colts are a mess. In short, they need Andrew Luck back in order to succeed. But the longer version? They need a whole lot more than that. Still, at least there’s some good news — Luck is back throwing footballs. And per ESPN’s Mike Wells, he’s confident about his playing chances in Week 1.
“No knock on wood. I’ll be playing. I believe it in my bones.”
Luck hasn’t seen the field since 2016, when he put up 4,240 yards with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He would even complete a career-high 63-5 percent of his passes. However, that didn’t matter much for the Colts on the field. They would finish the season 8-8, missing the playoffs for the second season in a row. And yet without Luck for all of last season, the Colts would plummet to a 4-12 record. In other words — they haven’t reached the postseason for the past three seasons now. Luck helps their chances, but not by much.
After all, the AFC South belongs to the Jacksonville Jaguars until proven otherwise. If the Houston Texans stay healthy, watch out. The Tennessee Titans are also coming off a playoff appearance, but quarterback Marcus Mariota’s development seems to have stalled. Plus there’s no way of knowing how well healed Luck will be. He’s confident, and that’s the first step. But playing real games against real NFL opponents is a whole lot different than throwing for the media.
Still, the Colts are better with their former No. 1 overall pick on the field. Over parts of five seasons, Luck has compiled 19,078 yards, 132 touchdowns and 68 interceptions. Now all that matters is that he gets the Colts back to the postseason. Well, after the whole staying healthy part. He and the Colts open the season against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 9.
How’s that for easing back in?