Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been spectacular throughout his young career in Indianapolis. However, his completion percentage and decision-making has been questionable over time.
The Indianapolis Colts are currently in training camp, working to be a better team than what they were in 2015.
Last season saw the Colts finish with an 8-8 record, missing out on any postseason action for just the second time in 14 seasons. A vast majority of the team’s struggles falls on the shoulders of Andrew Luck, whom missed nine games due to injury.
But even when Luck was healthy, he wasn’t very good, either. Through the seven games that he played in, Luck threw for 1,881 yards with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. While he did throw for more touchdowns than interceptions last season, he was on pace for 20-plus picks had he played the entirety of the season.
With a fresh start going into 2016 fully healthy, Luck is working on improving his fundamentals and reducing his mistakes, thanks to new quarterbacks coach Brain Schottenheimer, per Mike Wells of ESPN.com.
"“Some habits, like anything, are hard to kick in a sense,” Luck said. “Some come a little faster than others. But again, that’s why you practice, why you do individual [drills], why we do drill work during special teams. That’s why you focus on your feet before anything else. [Schottenheimer] does a great job, not just telling you that you need to do this, there’s a drill involved in helping get that done. There’s a technique involved and he teaches.”"
The goal is to improve Luck’s footwork in order to cut down on his turnovers and hopefully improve the 26-year-old quarterback’s 58.1% career-completion percentage.
“It’s a refinement of a lot of things,” Luck said. “Fundamentals of dropping back by and large, it’s a refinement. For example, it’s marrying your feet to a certain play. You talked about a different play book, it’s learning what sort of sequence of drop mirrors that play verse that coverage. That goes for every play.”
So often throughout Luck’s career would he make a poor decision on a throw — leading to an interception. Perhaps his best overall year came in 2014 when he lead the NFL with 40 touchdown passes, while throwing 16 interceptions.
If Luck can in fact lower his turnovers in 2016 and beyond, then he can quickly thrust himself back into the talks of being one of the league’s best young quarterbacks — one of his biggest praises since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Colts in 2012.
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