Colts and Luck look to bounce back

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In 2016 Andrew Luck signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Colts. At the time that was the biggest contract in NFL history. It featured $87 million in guarantees with $47 million fully guaranteed, and the Colts were ecstatic that they had locked up the heir to former quarterback and future hall of fame inductee, Peyton Manning.

The Colts showed a tremendous amount of faith in Luck with that contract because just a year before, Luck was plagued by injuries and only played in seven games. Before the 2015 season, the Colts were led to the playoffs in Luck’s first three seasons with 11-5 records in each year. They also showed progress as they advanced further in the playoffs in each time.

In the 2016 season Luck passed for over 4,200 yards and 31 touchdown passes with a passer rating of 96.4. Unfortunately, the Colts finished with an eight and eight record and missed the playoffs. The lack of success for the Colts wasn’t completely on Luck, his offensive line was terrible, and he was sacked 41 times and as a result injured his shoulder. He played much of the season with a torn labrum as a result.

This season the Colts hope to compete in a much improved AFC South division and secure a playoff spot. Their defense was terrible last season and was partially addressed in the draft. The Colts used their highest picks on defensive players Malik Hooker and Quincy Wilson. Both players will be tasked with improving the Colts secondary which finished 30th in passing yards. The Colts also have skeptics around the nation have ranked the Colts different units among the worst in the league.

There are also problems on the offense. Despite allowing defenders get to Luck at an insane rate, the offensive line didn’t do much to help out in the run game either. The Colts finished 23rd in rush yards per game. The Colts need to take pressure off of Andrew Luck if they want him to throw fewer interceptions and win more games. An honest run game keeps the pass rush at bay and opens up the play action game. Both will only help Luck play at a higher level and help them win the number of games necessary to win their division and get back into the playoffs.