The Herald Bulletin

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Pro Sports

June 17, 2014

Luck's beautiful mind key to Colts' attack

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck recently ran through a checklist of areas in which the Indianapolis Colts' offense can improve in 2014.

Situational football — red-zone, third-down and two-minute offense — all areas in which the Colts finished at or near the middle of the NFL last season. And, of course, the third-year quarterback places the responsibility for improving those numbers on his own shoulders.

Even if there's no single number he can point to by which to gauge his progress.

"I don't know that you can take one stat and use that as the measurement for consistency," Luck said Tuesday as Indianapolis opened a mandatory three-day minicamp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. "I do think efficiency, I'm sure there's a bunch of numbers that go into that, among other things. But, yeah, I think efficiency will be a big name of the game."

If it all seems a bit intangible, well, it is.

Of all the weapons the 6-foot-4, 240-pound quarterback can attack a defense with, his mind just might be the most dangerous.

A Stanford graduate, Luck is expected to become an extension of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton at the line of scrimmage.

If he sees a certain look from the defense, he'll stick with the call he made in the huddle. If he gets another look, he might have an automatic audible in his back pocket. A third look could require a brief recall of the week's gameplan meetings and a quick evaluation of how Hamilton would prefer to attack the scheme.

There could be as many as 10 different scenarios available before every snap.

"We put more on Andrew here at the line of scrimmage than I've ever seen an NFL quarterback have to handle, and he's handled it remarkably well," said Matt Hasselbeck, the Colts' backup quarterback who started Super Bowl XL for the Seattle Seahawks and is entering his 16th season in the league. "He and Pep are seemingly always on the same page, and that's probably the most important thing. He's Pep on the field in socks."

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