Why Even Andrew Luck Can't Save These Indianapolis Colts

Jon DoveContributor IDecember 11, 2011

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal runs on to the field for their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Adding Stanford's Andrew Luck to this Indianapolis Colts roster will not spur an immediate turnaround. This season has highlighted several major areas of need, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Selecting Luck is the right move, but it wont generate instant success.

Indianapolis needs to find some defenders capable of shutting down the run. The Colts are allowing 140 rushing yards per game, which ranks them 30th in the league. Ideally they will find some defensive tackles capable of holding at the point of attack.

However, these players will need to be found after the 1st round.

The struggles stopping the run could also be pinned on the play of the linebackers. Pat Angerer is having a good season, but the rest of the unit is well below average. Indianapolis needs outside linebackers who set the edge and force the back towards traffic.

Stopping the run is only part of the problem on defense. The Colts secondary is allowing over 240 passing yards per game. Indianapolis will not find success until they find a way to stop the opposing offense.

Offensively, the Colts also lack a strong running game. Donald Brown, Joseph Addia and Delone Carter have struggled to take advantage of extra carries. Indianapolis will need more production from the running game if they want Luck to find success.

Luck will be taking over a football team that has become very used to the play of Peyton Manning. Nobody plays like Manning, and few can fit into this type of offensive system. Adding Luck will force the Colts to adjust their style of play.

They need to develop an offensive attack to fit the strengths of Luck, not just force him into the old Manning system.

Indianapolis will select Luck because it solidifies the future of the quarterback position. However, a quick turnaround will depend on the development of the defense.