NFL Rumors: Indianapolis Colts Asking Andrew Luck To Change

NFL rumors are swirling around Andrew Luck. His playing style might be a lot different next season because the Indianapolis Colts coaching staff and management are concerned that he is taking too many risks. According to the NFL website, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is insisting that Luck thinks more like a quarterback and less like a linebacker. Indianapolis certainly does not want to go through another season like the last one, so they are going to need their franchise quarterback on the field and standing upright.

Last season, Andrew Luck suffered a laceration on his kidneys. That caused him to miss the final seven games of the season. No NFL team wants to go that many games without their franchise quarterback. Just ask the Dallas Cowboys. They went from being Super Bowl contenders to not even making the playoffs. An 8-8 record was not something that the Indianapolis Colts were hoping for when the regular season started.

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano Chuck Pagano [Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images]Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is no stranger to controversy. He wasn’t shy about chiming in on Andrew Luck earlier this year. Irsay stated that Luck needs to learn how to do a better baseball slide when he takes off from the pocket and runs for additional yards. Andrew loves extending plays, and he’s great at that. Chuck Pagano likes Luck extending plays as well. He just wants to see less of it.

One of the biggest reasons why the Indianapolis Colts are hoping that Andrew Luck stays healthy is because they’re set to sign him to a huge contract. As one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Luck deserves to be paid well. In fairness to the Colts, though, they would love to pay him all the money in the world if he were healthy. It’s just risky throwing a nine-figure contract at someone that is prone to be hurt every time they’re on the field.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay Jim Irsay [Photo by Jim Robbins/Getty Images]Even though the AFC South is improving, the Indianapolis Colts can still win the division with a healthy Andrew Luck. The Tennessee Titans are a much-improved team. After finding a potential franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota, the Titans have now improved their ground game with the acquisition of DeMarco Murray from the Philadelphia Eagles. The running back should make life easier on Mariota.

The Jacksonville Jaguars saw their offense make strides last season. This year, they decided to improve the defense. Jacksonville snagged one of the biggest prizes in free agency this year when they lured Malik Jackson from the Denver Broncos. The massive defensive end helped the team win the Super Bowl. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley will also have new defensive backs in Prince Amukamara and Tashaun Gipson to help build a better unit for next season.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota Marcus Mariota [Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images]Armed with a brand new quarterback and running back, the Houston Texans are going to be quite the formidable foe for the Indianapolis Colts next season. Brock Osweiler has the possibility of being the best Texans quarterback in a while after deciding to walk away from the Denver Broncos in free agency. Former Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller gives Houston a threat at the running back position like what they used to have when Arian Foster was healthy and dominant.

It’s clearly obvious that the AFC South is getting better by the day. A healthy Andrew Luck has never been more needed than ever before if the Indianapolis Colts want to keep being one of the better teams in the NFL. Without him, they run the risk of ending up at the bottom of the standings in a division that included the once lowly Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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