Prior to the 2015 season, Andrew Luck had been amazing for the Indianapolis Colts, and he almost took them to the Super Bowl in the 2014 season. However, 2015 was a season to forget for Andrew Luck as it was plagued with injury and bad form.
In Weeks four and five, Luck missed the first two games of his career with an injured shoulder. He came back for a further four weeks but on November 10, it was announced that he would miss two to six weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle, suffered during the Colts' 27–24 win over the Denver Broncos.
However, his recovery took much longer than expected and he ended up missing the rest of the season, and the Colts ended up failing to make the playoffs for the first time since Luck arrived at the franchise.
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Nevertheless, the Colts have seen this as a one-off bad season for Luck, and they are trying their best to work out a new deal for the quarterback before the start of the 2016 season. The team wants to make sure they avoid further injuries to their quarterback so he is on the field as much as possible, so they have asked him to protect himself more by working on his slide.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said via ESPN: "One thing we did talk about internally was to make sure he does have the slide down. If we have to bring in a baseball player or baseball coach to talk about sliding.
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"[Seahawks quarterback] Russell Wilson is a baseball player, and when he slides, he does it so naturally. Andrew’s struggled a little bit more, but I think that’s just his competitive nature saying, ‘Do I shut it down or get those 2 extra yards?’ His competitive nature just gets to him.”
Of course, if Luck is having to slide, the likelihood is that the pressure has got to him while he is in the pocket looking to throw, and he has had to jolt out in order to avoid a loss of yardage.
If the Colts want to protect their quarterback more, they need to improve upon their offensive line too so he can stay in the pocket for longer. The line allowed 37 sacks overall to their quarterbacks in 2015 so it must be improved upon and the team is yet to make any new editions. If the line is fixed, Luck will take fewer hits, meaning he will stay healthy for longer.
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