It what appeared to be the final preseason game the Colts’ starters would play in, the team fell to the New Orleans Saints by a score of 23-17.
One of the biggest takeaways from the loss was Andrew Luck‘s performance. Luck played the entire first half and completed 10-of-18 passes for 103 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Manny of Luck’s passes were erratic and his interception was simply a terrible throw. Luck has been known for rough first halves, and this was definitely another one of those moments.
When asked about the execution of the offensive game plan, Luck said, “It starts with me, I guess, and disappointed in my execution of the game plan.”
Luck then talked about how he felt after playing extensive time with the offense for the first time this preseason. “Yeah, disappointed in myself. Missed some throws – interception. We didn’t establish a good rhythm.” Luck would later add, “I know I made a lot of mistakes that need to be corrected if we’re gonna have a chance to be a good offense.”
However, it wasn’t all disappointment for Luck. This was the first time he had Reggie Wayne back on the field since he tore his ACL last season, and he was happy to have him back. “It was great. I know the fans were excited. I know everybody on the sidelines was excited and we were excited on the field to have him out there. Good for him to get some touches and get hit, I think. He always has that great look in his eye when he’s on a football field. It’s very — reassuring might not be the right word — but it’s great to play with. It’s great to play with guys like him.”
It would be called back for a penalty, but the first play for the Colts was a quick throw to Wayne. Luck was asked how long he knew the first play would be for Wayne and jokingly said, “I had an inkling, from the moment he started working back to get ready, that when he came back the first play would go to Reggie Wayne.”
Although Luck and the offense looked bad against the Saints, they still have two weeks to get ready for the Denver Broncos. Hopefully a different Colts offense shows up in Denver on September 7th.