Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Indy we have a problem: What if Andrew Luck goes full Eli


Oh the irony. In Colts' owner Jim Irsay's champagne wishes and caviar dreams of the 2012 draft he's snuggled up close to his brand new draft pick/Best Friend For Life, Andrew Luck who he prays will learn to emulate the Peyton Manning style of play making.
But what if Belle of the Ball QB decides he'd rather emulate Peyton's brother Eli who famously snubbed the Chargers in 2004 and started a chain reaction that landed Eli with Giants and Philip Rivers in the classiest city on earth.

The upshot of that move is that San Diego has a tremendously talented QB who happens to have won nothing of great value and New York is stuck with a crimson turd who happens to have won a superbowl based purely on a decade of bad karma built up against Patriots' coach Bill Belichick.
Pro Football Talk suggests there are some rumblings among NFL "circles" that the "Suck for Luck" campaign could easily backfire if a team is deemed too damaged for Luck to resuscitate.

Personally I find this preposterous, the current crop of teams in contention for the Stanford QB's services are Indianapolis, Miami, Denver, Minnesota, St. Louis and technically Carolina. You have to throw the Panthers in there even though they clearly have their QB Of The Future because a winning lottery ticket is a winner no matter who holds it (though I honestly think the Panthers are too motivated to find success to keep up this losing streak.)None of the aforementioned teams represent historic losers and even if they did history has shown us that it doesn't take long to turn a program into a winner unless that program is Cleveland.

And there's the fact that Luck is only a junior. So unless he is dying to get started on his Maserati collection he can always wait another year before entering the draft to see just how long he can hold NFL teams hostage with his awesomeness.

15 comments:

J said...
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J said...

You don't have to put "technically" in front of Carolina. I consider our beloved home team the favorite in this derby. The pattern has been established - Cam throws for 7,000 yards a game, we're leading headed into the 4th quarter and we find a way to lose thanks to our complete absence of professional defensive football players. If we do this every week and end up 1-15 I won't be the slightest bit surprised. I also won't be surprised if Luck decided to go back to Stanford for his senior year, especially if they go undefeated and are left out of the BCS title game. Then it would really suck to be Jim Irsay, as a shadow-of-his-former-self Peyton returns next year and carries the Colts to a 9-7 record while the disintegration of the Jags culminates in them getting the top pick in '13. That would be hilarious.

The Owners said...

It would be hilarious if it played out like that. But I think the fact that the Panthers have Indy and Minnesota on the horizon pretty much guarantees 2 wins if those two teams are at all serious about Luck. But imagine the upgrading the panthers could do on defense if they got the pick then traded it away.

The thing that I want to know is - of all the places I could play professional football just about the last place I would choose would be Indy. Miami? Sure. Denver. Why not? Indianapolis? No way.

Anonymous said...

"Cam throws for 7,000 yards a game, we're leading headed into the 4th quarter and we find a way to lose thanks to our complete absence of professional defensive football players"

Get off the crack. He had a couple 400 yard losses but its been 200 yard losses since. They gave him a couple freebies up front.
Stop making excuses. He not that great and not that bright.
I won 4 Super Bowls and took a dead Steeler team to gloryland.

Terry Bradshaw

John said...

"And there's the fact that Luck is only a junior."

Huh? Is that part of the fantasy? Not knowing the players? Luck is a SENIOR! He already stayed in school LAST year!

C'mon Eric... how about a little more research here?

Oh, and those Carolina fans still longing for Luck... get OVER it. We are set at QB... way too many other holes on Defense and Offensive Line if Otah doesn't come back to waste another pick on a QB. Even if the Panthers got another #1 pick, they'd likely look to trade for more picks.

Anonymous said...

Actually, John, how about some research of your own... he's a junior.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Luck


He red-shirted a year, meaning he still has 1 more year of eligibility after this season... should he choose to go back.

Anonymous said...

San Diego got more than just Rivers out of that deal.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Edwards, you are wrong. He's a redshirt junior. Writing that he's a junior (without the clarification of the redshirt) is misleading at best (at worst, it's just plain false), because he is currently in his senior year.

John said...

ESPN's teamsite for Stanford has him listed as a Senior.

Anonymous said...

You idiots. Andrew Luck is a redshirt Junior. players are eligible for the nfl draft after their junior year or their redshirt sophomore year. Last year, Luck was a redshirt sophomore. He decided to go back to school, and still could next year if he'd like. However, there would be a better chance of him transferring to UNC Charlotte to be the first 49er Quarterback.

Anonymous said...

Sorry but the Panthers are no where near as bad as Indy, Miami, Minnesota and probably Denver. They'll win 5-6 games this year and will still set themselves up nicely for a good draft pick. I will laugh though if he spurns the team that drafts him so he can go somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

If Carson Palmer is good for two first-round picks, imagine what some team could get for Luck. Can you say "the farm"? It would work out well if we had the first pick, because we could essentially build our entire defense off of that. This would free us up to sign WR help w/ free agents.

George Hanson said...

The point is that Luck has a year of eligibility left...forget the semantics fellas.

And Carson Palmer just reinforced the case that QB's do have options.

Anonymous said...

lol at John insisting he's a senior, even though he has no idea what he's talking about

Anonymous said...

Well he is a senior. For sports purposes he is a junior because of the redshirting, but is a Senior in college in reality.