Hamilton, who had worked with Luck as an assistant coach at Stanford, hasn’t been surprised by the quarterback’s progress this season. Even under difficult circumstances.
“Well, I think the quarterback position is ultimately evaluated upon how many wins and losses you have at the end of the year. And I think if you look at where we are and the opportunity that we’ll have to compete in the postseason, I would say I would give him an ‘A’ or a ‘thumbs up,’ “ the Colts coordinator voiced, adding that Luck’s improvement in reducing turnovers has been a major reason for the offense’s success over the last month of the year.
“Out motto is to not waste plays, to eliminate friendly fire, to not beat ourselves. Fortunately for us, [Luck] touches the ball on every offensive snap and he’s been making good decisions and he’s done a good job of managing bad plays. So I think it’s a testament to not only Andrew but the rest of the guys on our offensive unit are buying in to protecting the football.”
His ability to extend plays as a runner has also been impressive. While the Colts coaching staff would prefer that Luck stay in the pocket as much as possible, they don’t mind the occasional instances where he keeps offensive drives alive with his legs.
“Well, it forces the defense to have to defend a different dimension, from an offensive standpoint anyway. We have a two-hitch rule in place. We don’t want the quarterback holding on to the ball for a long time in the pocket. That’s hazardous to his health,” Hamilton explained.
“He’s fortunate and we’re fortunate to have a guy that’s athletic enough to extend plays and manage bad plays. And if that’s pulling the ball down and running for the first down and sliding, then we’re excited for him to continue doing that.”