Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s opinions have always been something of the interesting variety.
On Tuesday he offered up his thoughts on the history of the Colts’ quarterbacks.
“I think we have the makings of a third golden era. There was Unitas, there was Peyton, now it’s Andrew’s time,” Irsay explained to the Indy Star.
To Irsay’s credit, this is one of his mild-manner statements.
Luck is coming off an injury-plagued season where he only appeared in seven games due to a lacerated kidney and an abdominal tear. In those seven contests, Luck was average at best. The 2012 No. 1 overall pick had 12 interceptions to go with 15 touchdowns, resulting in the lowest quarterback rating of his career (74.9).
The quarterback is looking to bounce back from a subpar 2015 and Irsay’s comments will only heighten expectations surrounding Luck. Perhaps the Colts owner is attempting to spark a fire in his mild-manner QB.
Indianapolis needs Luck to perform at a high level if the team wants to reach the playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl. The Colts have placed a good roster around Luck. If the Stanford product can stay healthy and play at the level that he did in 2014 when he tossed 40 touchdown passes, the Colts should be on a short list of teams with a legitimate chance at a Lombardi Trophy.
Luck needs to hoist a trophy at the end of the season before real comparisons of Manning and Unitas can be made.