Bill Belichick lavishes praise on Andrew Luck, says Colts QB has ‘no weaknesses’
With a showdown with the young and dynamic quarterback on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick left no stone unturned when trying to find ways to lavish praise on Andrew Luck, praising the Indianapolis Colts quarterback in every conceivable manner.
In fact, in such high regard does Belichick hold Luck that he indicated as far as he can see it, there is nothing about the third-year quarterback’s game that could be viewed as a liability.
He’s got a lot of strengths, no weaknesses,” Belichick said during his Wednesday press conference, via ESPN. “He’s got a great future in front of him. He’s already done a lot in the time that he’s been in the league, and I’m sure by the time he gets done he can pass a lot of guys by.”
The many ways in which Luck can wreak havoc upon a defense — with his arm, his legs, his smarts, his savvy — makes him a formidable foe.
“[Luck’s] a really dangerous guy, tough guy to handle,” he said said. “Great quarterback.”
In two postseason games this year against the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos, Luck has been more than steady but not quite spectacular. He has a 66.7% completion percentage in the two victories, while throwing for 614 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He has also tacked on 38 yards on four carries.
But from Belichick’s perspective, the numbers don’t tell the entire tale when it comes to Luck and how dangerous he can be on the field given his ability to hurt opponents in both the passing and running game.
“Luck’s hard to bring down,” Belichick said. “He runs very well. He’s athletic. He can get outside and make yards with his legs. They also use him on some keep-type plays, you know, the one he scored on for example in the Denver game last week.”
“He’s strong, he’s strong in the pocket, he’s got good lower-body strength,” Belichick said saying that Luck is harder to bring down than Ben Roethlisberger. “He’s got strong legs. Hard to wrap up a lot of times, he’s got guys draped all over him and he can throw the ball.”
Belichick, as he routinely does, albeit perhaps not to this extent, is going all out in his praise of an opponent. The Patriots head coach clearly admires Luck and respects the quarterback’s skill set, but there probably is some twisted, mad scientist method to his complimentary madness. Nothing Belichick says or does is without some purpose.
The Patriots easily handled the Colts earlier this season in a convincing 42-20 throttling. Luck played decently in that game, going 23-for-39 for 303 yards to go along with two touchdowns and an interception. The odds are near-certain that Belichick will have a few surprises in store and some tricks up his sleeve come Sunday to throw Luck off his game.
ESPN notes in its report that Luck has thrown for more yards in his first five postseason games, 1,703, than any quarterback in NFL history. If the 25-year-old can somehow go into Gillette Stadium and steal a victory out of the veteran hands of Bill Belichick Tom Brady and company, Luck obviously will cement himself among the best quarterbacks in the NFL, not to mention take a monumental step in establishing his legacy.