Hold your horses on Luck

Andrew Luck

Forgive me if I just can't quite see it yet.

No doubt I'll soon snap out of my stupor, update my Lasik surgery and view Andrew Luck the way seemingly everyone but me does: as the next Greatest Quarterback Ever and even (beware lightning strike) the NFL's Michael Jordan.

Yes, this week, Luck's general manager, Ryan Grigson, compared what his second-year quarterback has done in fourth quarters to -- Dramamine, please -- the NBA player with six rings and six Finals MVPs in six tries.

"It's like Jordan when he'd take the last shot -- he wants the ball," Grigson told NFL.com after his Colts had come from 38-10 down to mortify the Chiefs in last Saturday's very wild-card game.

And yes, Colts coach Chuck Pagano merely suggested that Luck "is probably gonna go down as one of the best, if not the best, ever to play when all is said and done."

If not THE best. Holy Joe Montana.

Understand, Grigson went MJ and Pagano reached for Greatest Ever soon after Luck had thrown THREE interceptions in his home dome against a Kansas City team that had lost five of its final seven games, had lost to injury early in this game its best offensive weapon ( Jamaal Charles), then its fastest receiver ( Donnie Avery), then its backup running back ( Knile Davis) … while also losing both starting cornerbacks, Brandon Flowers and Dunta Robinson, and eventually losing its best pass rusher, Justin Houston, whose bookend, Tamba Hali, was sadly limited on a knee that had to be drained the week before.

Once the Chiefs' pass rush disappeared, and they were down to third-string running back Cyrus Gray, and they had no one left who could cover T.Y. Hilton, I (for one) would've been disappointed in Luck if he HADN'T finished off the comeback. The Chiefs' luck went from bad to worse when a Colts fumble at the 2 bounced right back to Luck at the 5 and he hurtled through the shell-shocked Chiefs into the end zone.

Andrew was really good, but Andrew was Lucky.

I'm sorry, but THAT game -- Luck's first playoff win in two tries -- is being viewed by many as Luck's Canton-bound coronation? What exactly is it about this kid that inspires so many to race to proclaim him the This or the That while stumbling blindly past obvious negatives?

I see a big, smart, fairly athletic, remarkably resilient QB who throws a nice deep ball -- a fine young player. I do not see a lock first-ballot Hall of Famer. Not yet, at least.

But no, I did not hop the runaway train full of nodding sages who saw greatness in Stanford's Luck and, to a degree, bet their reputations on him as the no-doubt first pick in the draft and who now reach for every little flash of greatness to say, "See! Told you."

I watched Luck a lot in college. On an ESPNU show, I picked Stanford to win at Oregon when Luck was a redshirt sophomore. Stanford led 31-24 at half … and lost the second half 28-0 as Luck threw two interceptions.

When Luck was a junior, I saw the late interception returned for a touchdown that nearly cost Stanford the game at USC, and while Luck played pretty well in the Fiesta Bowl, I watched Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden outplay him.

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