Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said this week that the few quarterbacks in the league with Luck’s playmaking abilities adds “another dimension” to the position.
Last year the Atlanta Falcons had the same starting offensive line the entire season. No coincidence their offense carried them to the Super Bowl.
That word has been absent from Colts offensive lines for quite some time, well before the days Andrew Luck got under center.
Good news for line coach Joe Philbin: Besides Schwenke, all of the guys competing for the top 7-8 spots on the line started at least a game for him last season.
“You see a lot of quarterbacks, a lot more quarterbacks nowadays have that dimension and the ability to do that,” Chudzinski said. “In today’s NFL you almost have to with the pressure packages and the rushers that are in this league and you have to make quarterbacks step aside and be able to sit in the pocket and make plays and that’s where you see the real special ones excel. They can make plays by side stepping, not be effected by the rush as well as get out and make plays off time.”
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Because it sure looked like an August afternoon in Anderson, Indiana.
For virtually all of Monday night, Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton worked like they were playing pitch and catch during a 7-on-7 Training Camp practice at Anderson University.
Massive separation from Hilton and pinpoint accuracy from Luck led to one of the duo’s finest outings in five seasons together.
Kelly started all 16 games at center for the Colts in his rookie season in 2016, showing that he was more-than ready for the rigors of NFL duties after a decorated career at the University of Alabama. In fact, Kelly didn’t allow a single sack in his first NFL season, even playing through some notable bumps and bruises along the way.
He’s obviously one of the key young offensive pieces moving forward for the Colts and first-year general manager Chris Ballard.
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That’s the belief of NFL Media analyst Elliot Harrison, who each year releases his “All-Under-25 Team.” He recently came up with his All-Under-25 Team for this year — in which those listed must be 24 years or younger before the start of the first game of the 2017 season — and Kelly was his pick at center.
“I understand that sounds like an oversell. We are in a world of oversells. Everything is breaking news. Everything is incredible. Everything is the best of all time,” McAfee said. “But with Adam Vinatieri, you are talking about literally the greatest of all time.
“I believe he’s the most competitive person in the history of the world. Every single thing with him is a competition to him. And Indianapolis Colts jersey he handles it with class. He’s not the obnoxious competitive person. But every single kick to him is a chance to make his team better, but also to improve himself. Every single kick he wants to prove that he’s the best kicker ever.”
Colts special teams coordinator Tom McMahon has had an up-close-and-personal look at Vinatieri’s approach since 2012, and said the future Hall of Famer’s success is no mistake.
“With Adam Vinatieri, he lives in the moment,” McMahon said. “He’s not going to look at the records (until) later on in life; he’s not going to look at what he’s done in the past. He looks at that play, that moment, what he has to do, where he’s got to put his eyes, where he’s got to put his foot, and it’s that simple. And he makes it that simple, and he does it that way every single time. And those guys are the special guys in this league.”