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October 19, 2012

Colts' Luck still in win-now mode

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck doesn’t buy the notion that rookie quarterbacks should be allowed a bit of a grace period as they learn about life in the NFL.

Luck — who has completed 118 of 221 passes for 1,488 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions through the first five games — says there really isn’t time to ease into the job.

“I don’t think so. There’s guys on this team that can’t wait for a rookie to grow up. Any position, a rookie player, we are trying to win. And I think any athlete, any competitor, would do that as well. I guess I don’t buy into that,” the Indianapolis Colts’ first-year signal caller said earlier this week.

He’s looking for improvement in his overall game after last Sunday’s 34-9 road loss to the New York Jets. Luck completed 22 of 44 passes for 280 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble.

“I sort of got over it after watching the film and tried to be critical of myself and figure out the errors. Now our focus is on the Browns and we are ready to go,” he said, adding that he’s striving to get better every time he takes the field.

“You have to be consistent in this league if you want to be successful. You can’t take a play off and miss a wide-open guy in the end zone or have a decent drive and have it be third-and-1 and miss an open guy. So consistency [is important].”

Luck will be one of two rookie quarterbacks on the field Sunday when the Cleveland Browns come to Lucas Oil Stadium. Brandon Weeden is in his first season with Cleveland after leading Oklahoma State to a bowl game last January.

Ironically, Weeden’s OSU Cowboys posted a 41-38 overtime win over Luck’s Stanford Cardinals in the Fiesta Bowl. The game proved to be a shootout between both teams on the scoreboard and both quarterbacks statistically.

Luck wound up completing 27 of 31 for 341 yards with two touchdowns and had one pass intercepted. Weeden, meanwhile, was 29 of 42 for 399 yards with four total touchdowns (three passing and one rushing) and an interception.

“He’s a great quarterback. It was not so fun watching him live at the Fiesta Bowl and operate. I don’t know. It would be great if [Sunday’s game with the Browns will be] a shootout offensively, but a win would be nice,” the Colts’ quarterback said.

The first-year players initially got to know each other in the week prior to the bowl game. Their friendship continued to develop during the college football awards period as well as the run-up to April’s NFL Draft.

“He’s a good guy,” Luck mentioned. “I enjoyed being around him through the whole process.”

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