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December 22, 2013

Luck has knack for knowing when to run

INDIANAPOLIS — To run or not to run. When it comes to Indianapolis Colts second-year quarterback Andrew Luck, his competitive nature usually comes into play.

In a perfect scenario, the Indianapolis coaching staff would like for Luck to stay in the pocket and find an open receiver down field with a pass. Move the offense with his arm rather than with his legs.

But as an injury plagued Colts offensive line continues to struggle with pass protection and more pressure is applied to the team’s signal caller, chances are pretty good that Luck will decide to take off with the football and attempt to get as many yards as he can.

It’s great when one of his runs results in a first down or, even better, a touchdown. But the specter of potential injury is always right around the corner. And that’s what worries Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

Luck can turn a bad or broken down play into something positive. He’s already rushed for 365 yards and four touchdowns so far this season. A year ago, he had 255 rushing yards and five TDs.

A year ago, Luck was sacked 41 times in 16 regular-season games. This season, through the first 14 games, he has been sacked 30 times.

While most fans have bemoaned the team’s offensive line struggles, the stats don’t match the perception. Indianapolis is tied for the fifth fewest sacks allowed in the National Football League with New Orleans. The Colts are also seventh in the league for the fewest sacks per pass attempt.  

Still, there have been times when Luck has been forced to pull the ball down and take off. And more often than not, he’s had success doing it.

“It forces the defense to have to defend us differently than what that had originally intended,” Hamilton admitted late last week. “We have a two pat rule in place. We don’t want the quarterback holding on to the ball for a long time in the pocket. It’s hazardous to his health.

“We’re fortunate to have a guy that’s athletic enough to extend plays and manage bad plays. That’s pulling the ball down and running for the first down, sliding and we’re excited to have him to be able to do it.”

While Pagano often holds his breath when his quarterback moves out of the pocket and out into the open field, he is happy to have a guy who can make plays on his own if needed.

“He’s got ‘it.’ He’s big. He’s fast. He’s strong. He’s durable. He’s got that sixth sense, he knows exactly the clock in his head is always ticking. He knows where to go with the ball. And when it doesn’t happen and when it breaks down, the guy’s a threat,” the Colts head coach said.

“I think certainly if you watch his whole body of work and they understand the numbers and they look at those things, you would make sure that you took care of that aspect of his game.”

Hamilton and Pagano contend that the Colts have not called a running play for Luck all season long. When he does run, or pull off a bootleg keeper like he did for a touchdown at San Francisco earlier in the year, the quarterback is thinking on his feet.

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