AFC South Friday Tweetbag: Luck, Locker or Gabbert? Part 6
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A: Right now, I don't think there's any question that Andrew Luck is ahead of both Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert.
I know full well that camp passing stats don't mean much. What they can do is provide a little context for the descriptors writers use to talk about quarterbacks. It's one thing to say that Luck looks "sharp" in camp, but when you couple that with the fact that he's hitting between 70 to 80 percent of his passes every practice, it snaps into focus how good he has been.
Meanwhile, Locker alternates good and bad days in Titans camp. His performance Thursday night was a mess. If he was clearly rising up to grab the starting job by the throat, this would be more of a discussion.
Reports on Gabbert's improvement have been mixed, but even the best of them haven't been glowing. Paul Kuharsky created a stir this week by saying he didn't think Gabbert had progressed much.
It's just training camp, and the order could change after a few weeks, but right now, Luck seems to be the superior player and prospect.
A: This is the million-dollar question, isn't it?
Or better put, the $20 million question.
It all comes down to Peyton Manning's health. If Manning was 100 percent, I'd say he would be better in three years than Luck.
But when you listen to Manning talk about how he may never throw the deep ball the same way, and you hear people close to the Colts fret over his health even after he's gone, it's hard to imagine he's going to be healthy for three years.
Luck is the answer to this question.
A. Technically, Josh Chapman is on the NFI list for a non-football injury. That just means he got hurt before he was a Colt, not that the injury he has wasn't football related. Functionally, it's the same though.
The rules for the physically unable to perform (PUP) list are as follows.
1. A player can come off of PUP at any time.
2. Once a player practices, he can't go onto PUP.
3. Any player still on PUP once the season starts has to sit six weeks. The team then has a few weeks to evaluate the player's health before activating him or placing him on IR.
A: I think this goes with out saying. The Colts secondary is a mess, and everyone knows it. The recent trade the team announced, shipping out Kevin Thomas, shows that the Colts still haven't found the right mix.
Arthur Akush of Pro Football Weekly reports that at least four guys are in the running to start opposite Powers.
In other words, secondary will be a primary concern once again for the Colts.
A: This is a great question. I figure that, considering that professional refs aren't doing a great job with offensive holding or pass interference, bringing up replacements can't make those areas any worse.
I think they wind up hurting offense. More flags and less continuity and flow to the game seem like they would aid the defense.
A: I saw that quote too, and I have to say I had the same thought. Dwight Freeney told Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star:
"You don't have to write that,'' Freeney said Monday, wincing at his new job description. "Just keep me at defensive end.''
I consider Freeney to be just as much in jeopardy as ever.
A: I've written plenty on this before, but to sum up: Running the ball and stopping the run has little to do with winning football games.
Modern NFL football is won by passing the ball and stopping the pass. Most of the best teams the last few years have had average to terrible run games.
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