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Andrew Luck: Rookie Shows Amazing Promise Despite Mistakes

CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 09:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts leaves the field after the game against the Chicago Bears on September 9, 2012 during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the Indianapolis Colts 41-21. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 9, 2012

If you didn't watch Andrew Luck's debut and you're grading him based on the box score, you may get the wrong idea. Luck did throw three interceptions, but that shouldn't take away from the great things he did.

In the long run, that is what should matter most to the Indianapolis Colts organization and the fans.

Luck moved well in the pocket. He showed outstanding presence, he eluded pressure and he was getting off throws in situations where some quarterbacks would have taken sacks.

He was dropped three times, but it could have easily been more.

He showed the discipline to check down, and were it not for two dropped passes by Donald Brown, he would have had a better day. The Chicago Bears' defense got consistent pressure on Luck throughout, but the rookie showed toughness and poise.

Despite the interceptions, a fumble and the dropped passes, Luck still threw for 309 yards and a touchdown in his debut.

He was without one of his best receivers in Austin Collie—even though Reggie Wayne made several highlight-reel catches. The miscues by Brown were only two plays, but one was a third-down conversion while the game was still in reach.

You never know how one play can change things. Beyond those elements, the Bears are simply a better team top to bottom right now.

The Colts are coming off a horrible 2011. Luck, a new coaching staff and a new general manager aren't going to change things overnight.

The debut wasn't quite as successful as Luck would have liked, but putting things into the proper perspective, it was a solid performance.

Colts fans should take solace in knowing, that with Luck as the quarterback better days are ahead.

 

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