What others are saying about Luck debut

If you caught any portion of the Indianapolis ColtsChicago Bears game last Sunday, you may have seen some parallels in quarterback Andrew Luck ‘s performance against the Bears. Seemed to be a spitting image of former Colts QB Peyton Manning in his NFL debut. And we know how Manning turned out, don’t we?

As it turned out, there are other opinions, namely the AP Pro32 panel. Long story short, this panel ranks all 32 teams – a power ranking, if you will. Here is what they had to say about Luck’s debut last Sunday:

Chris Berman (ESPN, 30) – Andrew Luck will be fun.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 31) – Turnovers often plague young quarterbacks, even ones as good as Andrew Luck.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 32) – Patience Colts fans, patience.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 30) – Can’t win with Luck throwing it 45 times every week … just asking for trouble.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 31) – Rough start for Andrew Luck, who sizzled in the preseason but found out in a hurry against the Bears’ stifling defense that he’s in the big leagues now.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 30) – Peyton Manning passed for 300 yards in his NFL debut. So did Andrew Luck. It worked out well for Manning in Indianapolis and should work out well for Luck as well.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 30) – Don’t worry about Andrew Luck. Peyton Manning was 3-13 in his first year, yet you could see the QB he’d become. The same goes here. The Colts made the right choice.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 29) – Andrew Luck’s home debut promises to be special against a Minnesota defense that struggled on third down.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 31) – Andrew Luck is going to be much better in the second half of the year than he is right now and that means a few wins. For now this is a full-blown rebuild. No doubt this team is a bunch of hustlers that will be a problem for teams sooner or later.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 28) – Back to the reality of a transition year in Indy led by a rookie QB in Andrew Luck, who will be great.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 31) – Andrew Luck’s passing stats were eerily familiar to Peyton Manning’s from his 1998 Colts debut. They also both lost, which is something that will continue to happen until Indianapolis shores its defense and offensive line.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 29) – Colts will be better in November than September if they stay healthy.


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