INDIANAPOLIS – When it came time to decide on who would be the offensive and defensive Most Valuable Players for the 2013 Indianapolis Colts, the options were relatively simple.
On offense, the overall consistency of quarterback Andrew Luck and the re-emergence of running back Donald Brown dominated most conversations. Defensively, it was pretty much a one-man race with outside linebacker Robert Mathis leading the way although inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman and safety Antoine Bethea were certainly mentioned as well.
But when it all said and done, Luck and Mathis were relatively obvious selections. The young signal caller and the veteran pass rusher.
Hands down, they were the primary difference makers for a Colts team that battled through a season with injuries to key players on both sides of the ball and wound up with an 11-5 record and a perfect 6-0 mark in the AFC South.
ANDREW LUCK: 2013 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OFFENSIVE MVP
Luck guided an offense that played most of the year without the services of running backs Vick Ballard (knee) and Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), tight end Dwayne Allen (hip), offensive guard Donald Thomas (quad) and wide receiver Reggie Wayne (knee).
Losing any one of those players would have had an effect on the Colts, but missing all five was a major blow to the plans of first-year offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Not having Allen or Wayne very nearly paralyzed the team’s passing attack. No Ballard, Bradshaw or Thomas put a crimp in Hamilton’s plans to install a power running game.
Still, despite all the personnel losses, Luck persevered. No, he prospered.
How much? He completed 343-of-570 passes for 3,822 yards, 23 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Luck also finished as the team’s third-leading rusher with 377 yards and four TDs. Not a bad second season for Indianapolis’ 2012 No. 1 draft pick.