Andrew Luck tries to make the right moves after wrong ones

The coach lauds the rookie quarterback for his ability to look critically at his own performance while not letting it become overbearing.

INDIANAPOLIS - No Big Apple pundit was necessary for the man wearing the white number 12 jersey on Sunday afternoon.

Andrew Luck didn't play very well in front of a harsh Jets crowd on Sunday afternoon-and he was the first to let himself know it.

"He’s his worst critic," said interim head coach Bruce Arians of Luck when it comes to the rookie evaluating his own play.

It might not have been one that Luck was looking forward to.

He completed 22-of-44 passes for 280 yards but was intercepted twice and sacked four times. The last of those led to a Luck fumble which the Jets converted into their final seven of a 35-point output that sent the Colts home with a 26-point defeat.

But Luck's reaction to the miscues gave Arians even more reason to be excited about what lies ahead with the quarterback.

"He even knows coming off the field before I say something to him," said Arians of Luck after a bad play. "That’s the beauty of it, he knows when he makes a mistake, he knows why he made it and he usually doesn’t make it twice.”

Luck will hope to continue following through with that after perhaps his roughest game so far in his young NFL career. For the quarterback the key is putting the defeat in perspective as the team did the week before after the exhilarating comeback win over the Packers.

"You realize you wallow in misery for a couple of minutes and realize one game, put it behind us, can’t do anything about it now, try and learn from it, and get back going," said Luck. "I think as athletes, as competitors, that’s what you have to do after every game.”

Right now Luck has 1,477 passing yards with a completion percentage of 53.4 while having thrown seven touchdowns compared seven interceptions. Per usual, the comparisons to Peyton Manning at this point in his Colts career have begun.

Arians, however, cautions against doing so.

"I think Andrew sees different things each week. We’re asking him to do more. And it’s not fair to really compare them totally all the time," said Arians. "It just happened that his third game and Peyton’s third game ended up in New York, 44-6 and 35-6 or 9 or whatever it was.

"I think that makes for a good story but it’s not really fair to compare them all the time because it’s two different teams.”

 

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