Andrew Luck threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns in his 40-12 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.
I heard that after the game, a guy came up to Luck and asked, “What’s the next step?” Luck replied, “I’m going to Carolina!”
Yeah, I was shocked to hear this, too. Luck will be a Carolina Panther, and now Jerry Richardson has confirmed he will take Luck if he declares.
The Panthers have a few needs including wide receiver, defensive tackle, corner and quarterback, but the quarterback position is the most important. It’s true that Jimmy Clausen was a rookie this year and cannot be expected to take the team to the Super Bowl his first year. He also had protection problems, a very young receiving corps and a horrible offensive coordinator. The thing is that he looks more and more like David Carr.
Carr had a rough time in Houston as he was sacked about 50 times a year, but as the years passed it turned out that the bad protection just hid how bad Carr really was. Of course, he did do one thing right: He threw an interception to Richard Marshall and allowed the Panthers to get their first win, but that is pretty much it.
It has become a quarterback-driven league and the 2000 Ravens might be an 8-8 team in today’s NFL. Every playoff team this year, minus the Seahawks, is led by a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback, while every bad team this year was led by a rookie or an average quarterback. Luck may be Carolina’s Pro Bowler while Clausen is just the Average Joe.
In the end, Luck is coming to Carolina, and here’s why…