And Chudzinski made it clear that he won't coddle the struggling Luck as he spoke with ProFootballTalk's Michael David Smith:
I see that there’s been times where he’s on fire, and there’s been times where not so much. Again, he knows and he’s worked on and talked about being consistent. Hopefully again, by design, there’s some things you can do to put him in that position where he is. Ultimately he has to go make those plays, and I’m confident he will.
Luck is off to the worst start of his career, quarterbacking the Colts to a 1-5 record as the starter while throwing 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, the most in the NFL. The Colts passing offense ranks 14th in the league, which is hardly the kind of standing the team expects with a quarterback like Luck under center.
The fourth-year man has run into some injury issues, though, forcing him to miss Weeks 4 and 5 with shoulder problems, which may have affected his throwing.
Chudzinski has been in contact with Luck this week and realizes that he has the potential to regain the form that made him one of the league's best quarterbacks in previous years:
Obviously we talked afterwards. I think Andrew wants to win. That’s what I get out of any conversation with him. He’s a special player and person, really unique. He has a plan for everything that he does, always working to improve and the goal of winning. He’s taken this thing, the bull by the horns and he’s working to get better every day himself.
The new man in charge of the offense isn't going to have an easy first test. In Week 9, the Colts will play host to the undefeated Denver Broncos and their shutdown defense. Luckily for the Colts, they play in one of the weakest divisions in football, and dropping to 3-6 might still see them in first place in the AFC South.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.