Starting Record: 11-5
Completion Percentage: 54.1
Passing Yards: 4,374
Passing Touchdowns: 23
Passer Rating: 76.5
Rushing Yards: 255
Rushing Touchdowns: Five
The turnaround in Indianapolis has been astounding.
Andrew Luck took a 2-14 team that had been gutted in the offseason and led them to a playoff berth, just one game behind the division-leading Texans at 11-5.
While he certainly had help, it was difficult to imagine the Colts getting to six victories, let alone 11, before the season began. The defense was barely addressed, and the offense was full of holes and rookies.
The team even lost its head coach early in the season when Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, only getting him back at the end of the season after recovering from treatment.
It has been a fantastic year for Luck, who smashed the record for wins by a top-overall pick. He also broke the rookie record for passing yards, doing so in the 15th game of the season.
His numbers lose their luster once you dig deeper, however.
The rookie out of Stanford might have broken that yardage record, but he dropped back to pass a record 703 times, throwing a pass on 627 of those dropbacks. To put that into perspective, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson dropped back 465 and 477 times, respectively.
Peyton Manning threw the ball 575 times in his rookie season, which led the league.
As such, Luck's YPA was just 7.0, which was just better than Ryan Tannehill's. Luck also just edged out the Dolphins rookie in passer rating, and his completion percentage was the worst among all the rookie quarterbacks save Ryan Lindley.
Of course, there is the fact that his average depth of target (aDOT, or the average depth of his throws to receivers) was 10.8—a league-leading average that was well higher than Griffin's. That goes to show that the Colts trusted him like they would a veteran, and it likely contributed to his accuracy issues, though it cannot completely excuse them.
Luck might have been a big part of Indy's turnaround—after all, he did lead the league with seven game-winning drives as a rookie—but his numbers were flatly average outside passing yardage, which he obtained through sheer volume. He also happened to have the third-easiest strength of schedule this season, and that includes two games against the Texans.
He should get credit for having less talent around him, and he has the look of a savvy veteran, but Luck was outperformed by two other quarterbacks this season.