INDIANAPOLIS ?Andrew Luck spent three offseasons
INDIANAPOLIS ?Andrew Luck spent three offseasonsin Kommerzielle Verkäufe / Produktwerbung 19.07.2019 08:35
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fighting his way back from injuries. Now he can reap the reward.After returning to the field https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Denzelle-Good-Jersey , making it back to the playoffs, regaining his Pro Bowl form and collecting The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, a healthy Luck now intends to take a rare and well-deserved break from football."I'll be honest, I probably won't throw for a while," he said before cleaning out his locker. "There will be tweaks, there will be changes to what I do (this offseason), but all of it is geared to one, make me as happy as possible, and two, set me up to improve as a quarterback and improve as a person."How Luck will spend his downtime is unclear.Peyton Manning broke the monotony with hunting trips. Brett Favre worked on his ranch. Tom Brady won a Super Bowl after changing last year's offseason routine to spend more time with his family and less on football. They all learned throwing more balls doesn't necessarily make a better quarterback.Matt Hasselbeck, a three-time Pro Bowler who backed up Favre and Luck during his 17-year career, became a believer. So after hearing a story about Manning meeting a former U.S. president one offseason, Hasselbeck accepted an offer from assistant coach Clyde Christensen to spend time with a Navy admiral."He talked to us in our quarterback meeting one day about protecting the football because we'd had some issues and he used this analogy of what they tell Top Gun pilots," Hasselbeck said. "It was basically that you have this great plane you get to fly and it does not belong to you. It belongs to the government, it belongs to the people. Clyde said we should take the admiral up on spending some time with him. So I did that one offseason."That's an example of something that's not necessarily X's and O's, but it's a form of leadership training or just working on you and if you're working on you, you're improving everything about you."It was a message Hasselbeck relayed to Luck after joining the Colts in 2013. But it was a hard sell to a young workout warrior with the pressure and expectations of a No. 1 draft pick.While Luck enjoyed vacationing in Europe, where he spent part of his childhood reading books, following soccer and riding bikes, the desire to improve drove him to work out.In time, Hasselbeck's message sank in."When we were first teammates, I told him there are going to be some years that are fun and they're easy and you're healthy the whole year," said Hasselbeck, who now works for ESPN. "There's going to be other years when it's miserable and you're dealing with something the whole year and you're in the training room all the time. You're there early and you're there late and you're in pain and you're on drugs."That conversation came up when I was talking about how long I wanted to play. This year we were talking and Andrew said Clayton Geathers Jersey , ‘I remember you saying it and it didn't make sense then.' He said now it totally makes sense."Luck's good year came with 16 starts for the first time since 2014, producing career highs in completions, attempts and completion percentage. He finished second to Patrick Mahomes in touchdown passes, helped the Colts end a three-year playoff drought and found a better balance between life and football.Still, taking a break won't be easy."I don't think he's really going to get away," longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo said. "I think it's so cool he's not going to have to recover from an injury or have to get healthy first. He'll probably try to get away, but he's like me 鈥?after a short time you've got to find a gym or somewhere to work out because otherwise you feel like garbage."The difference is the 20-month gap between regular-season games following surgery on a partially torn labrum and three successive injury-plagued offseasons have changed Luck's perspective.He never missed a chance to explain how much fun he had last season and acknowledged things felt different after a season-ending loss to Kansas City."In past seasons, there has been a massive emotional letdown 鈥?like now I can try to be a good boyfriend or now I can try to do this and that," he said. "But it doesn't seem that way this year. One of my challenges for myself was to maybe not silo everything in my life so much, but be able to exist as a happy human throughout a season, not just after the season. So I don't have this, I guess, desire to run away and hide for a couple weeks."Instead, he threw for a week leading up to the Pro Bowl and attended the NFL's honors banquet last week.Luck hasn't said if he will work out again at Stanford, his alma mater, but acknowledged he'll continue to work with Tom House, the former Major League Baseball pitcher who has helped him in the past. But the Colts remain convinced the best prescription for Luck is rest."He's got to be fired up right now to have a normal offseason," coach Frank Reich said. "To get away and I know he's Andrew 鈥?he's still going to do his deal and be disciplined 鈥?but just relax. My encouragement to him would be, ‘You better do that, you better take advantage of it.'"97View Gallery Gallery:2018-19 NBA cheerleadersJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports | Joe Camporeale Now that the leader of the NFL Network’s draft arm Mike Mayock has moved into a real actual general manager job working with Jon Gruden for the Raiders, it seemed like as good a time as any to take a look back at Mayock’s last 8 mock drafts and ask the question: What would the Colts be like if Mike Mayock had been our GM?Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images2018 - Mayock’s Pick: Trade back for S Minkah Fitzpatrick, G Isaiah WynnIn this year’s draft, Mayock had the Colts trading back with the Bills and taking safety Minkah Fitzpatrick at 12 and guard Isaiah Wynn at 22. It is pretty tough to imagine being without Quenton Nelson, and Isaiah Wynn has spent the season on IR. Is he a player who could be as good as Nelson at some point? Perhaps. But he wouldn’t have helped the Colts this season. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images2017 – Mayock’s Pick: DE Derek BarnettDefensive end Derek Barnett was Mayock’s pick for the Colts at 15th overall. Barnett has talent and could certainly continue to develop Nate Hairston Color Rush Jersey , but he has also been a part of a ridiculous defensive line group in Philly, so it is tough to know how good he would be as the go-to guy. He has just 7.5 sacks in his two years in the league though, which I would argue is less than you’d hope from a top 15 pick. Missing out on Malik Hooker and his upside seems like a miss here, but not a complete failure. 2016 – Mayock’s Pick: C Ryan KellyMayock nailed the pick right on the money for the Colts here, selecting center Ryan Kelly, who has had an incredible season in his 3rd year as a Colt. Behind Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton, Kelly is the best pick Ryan Grigson made. Good work Mike.2015 – Mayock’s Pick: OT Cedric OgbuehiWe all remember 2015 right? That’s the year that the Colts selected Phillip Dorsett, everyone’s favorite receiver. Yeah. That wasn’t great. What is worse than that? Well, the fact that Mike Mayock would have taken offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi with that 29th pick. Ogbuehi plays for the Bengals and is a likely prospect to be cut and never heard from again in the NFL. At least Dorsett got us Jacoby Brissett right?2014 – Mayock’s Pick: No one. Because reasons.Who did Mike Mayock have headed to the Colts in the first round in 2014? No one. Because Grigson traded that pick for Trent Richardson. While I’m sure local Indy restaurants benefitted, it didn’t do much for the running game.2013 – Mayock’s Pick: D.J. HaydenPhoto by Mark Brown/Getty ImagesIf you can’t remember who the Colts selected in 2013, that can be forgiven. Mainly because no one from that draft is currently on an NFL roster. The pick Ryan Grigson made was to draft Bjorn Werner at defensive end. Mayock’s pick for the Colts was cornerback D.J. Hayden who plays for the Jaguars. He is a definitively more valuable player than Werner, because he plays for a real NFL team and is actually capable of doing his job. He obviously would have made a nice addition to the Colts secondary rather than wasting the pick on Werner.Photo by MSA/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images2012 – Mayock’s Pick: QB Andrew LuckWas there any doubt really? Of course Andrew Luck was the pick. Anyone who tried to say differently was just kidding themselves. Luck has been a franchise altering player, and it is nice to know that Mike could see that like everyone else.Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images2011 – Mayock’s Pick: OT Nate SolderIn the 2011 draft, Mike Mayock had the Colts taking a left tackle. He just didn’t have them taking the right one. He had them drafting Nate Solder with the 22nd pick overall instead of Anthony Castonzo. Castonzo has been one of the most reliable and underrated tackles in the league for a long time, and I’d take him over Solder any day. Despite the Colts having drafted pretty poorly in the last several years, I am not sure this team is even marginally better with Mayock’s draft picks than they are already. It is tough to give him credit for Andrew Luck, who was a no-brainer, but at least he hit on Ryan Kelly. The real miss is in this year’s draft. The Colts took Nelson, a better prospect, and were able to add to their pick total rather than give up picks. The result fixed both the offensive line problem, and their issue at linebacker for the foreseeable future. There is no way I’d take his trade over what the Colts got.In short, I’m glad Mike will be working for the Raiders, and Chris Ballard will be holding it down in Indianapolis. What do you think?