There isn’t a whole lot going on in Indy right now with the exception of a few free agent signings so now let’s start the Luck vs. RG III debate.
After the disasterous 2011 season the Colts went through they were rewarded the first pick of the 2012 draft. With the health concerns for Peyton by Jim Irsay he decided to part ways with the future first ballot Hall of Famer and start to rebuild. It’s 1998 all over again.
The Colts are coming off a season where they finished last in the entire NFL, just like the 1997-98 season. They have the first pick in the draft, just like 1998. They have to choose between two highly touted quarterbacks, just like 1998. So who’s it going to be, Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III? That’s a decision I would not want to make.
In ’98 Bill Pollian decided on #18 and was crowned a genius as Peyton brought years of glory to the city of Indianapolis and Ryan Leaf faded into temper tantrums, drugs and burglary. Now Ryan Grigson has to make that same decision in the 77th anual draft on April 26th.
According to everyone who has an opinion on the matter, the two have almost mirror abilities. RG III is a little faster and a higher vertical jump (who cares). They say he has a more accurate arm and just as high football IQ as Luck. My worries about Griffin were mainly that I didn’t want another Michael Vick in Indy. As exciting as he is to watch, he will never win anything more than a playoff game or two. In Indianapolis they don’t want an inaccurate, running gun slinger. They want a drop back, intelligent leader of men. Apparently RG III is all of that and more.
Andrew Luck is supposed to be the most NFL ready, having much more playing time and a life full of coaching and counseling. They say nothing phases him, mature beyond his years. He’s not quite as athletic as Griffin but he’s close. Seems like the “safest” pick. The Colts, under Bill Pollian and Tony Dungy were all about “safe”. Under Grigson and Pagano, who knows?
I like them both, but when it comes right down to it, no matter what the “experts” say, it’s a crap shoot. Just like when the Carolina Panthers took Cam Newton. No one knew how he would convert to the NFL from the Auburn style of run first, throw when neccesary offense. He thrived in his rookie season, but it could have been a complete disaster.
So, when the Colts walk up to the podium announcing the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, it will be either Luck or RG III and the debate will most likely continue for years after they make their choice. Just like 1998.
About the Author
Written by Rich Marchione
I have lived in Indiana most of my life with the exception a stint in the Marine Corps in the early 80's. I currently live in Anderson, IN, where the Colts camp out for the summer. I have followed the Colts since the Jeff George days. Back then you had to go to the game to watch them because they weren't very good and around Indiana basketball was king, so they were never on television. Then Peyton showed up and the rest was history. Now he's gone and we start a new era. I am excited about all the new changes and will be following them closely. I am married to Cynthia Marchione, I have one daughter, Kaylee and three step-children, Jason, Autumn and Nikki. I also have eight grandchildren.