Dungy: Luck Will Have Colts Back In Playoff Race

Former Colts HC Tony Dungy believes Andrew Luck is ready to lead Indianapolis back into the postseason.

Reiter Than You
August 28, 2018 - 9:11 am

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The Indianapolis Colts put together a dismal 2017 campaign, thanks in large part to an injury to their most important player.

Despite reports that he would be ready for the regular season, Colts franchise quarterback Andrew Luck was forced to miss the entire 2017 season due to shoulder surgery he underwent during the offseason.

With Luck forced into a spectator role, Indianapolis managed to win just four games with Jacoby Brissett under center, finishing with the NFL's third-worst record.

Heading into the 2018 season, Luck is finally healthy and seems ready to lead the Colts back into the playoffs, something the team has not been able to accomplish since 2014.

Former Colts head coach and analyst on NBC's "Football Night In America" Tony Dungy believes Luck is ready to lead Indianapolis back into the postseason.

"I think he is [ready to go], just judging from his body language and what I'm hearing from him," Dungy said on the young Colts quarterback. "I obviously stay pretty connected to the Colts, and I think he had some doubt in his mind the last couple of years because he just wasn't 100 percent.

"But watching him play, seeing how he's playing with abandon out there now, and just hearing some of his comments about feeling good, of being back in the groove... I think he's going to have a good year, and I think the Colts are going to be a playoff contender because he can have that kind of impact." 


Another team whose 2017 season could not have gone much worse is the New York Giants. 

New York's season got off to a horrid start when the team began the year 0-4, including losses the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. But the season truly came crashing down in Week 5 when the Giants lost three of their wide receivers to season-ending injuries, none more important than the fractured left ankle suffered by Odell Beckham Jr. 

The Giants wound up finishing the year with the league's second-worst record at 3-13. As if that weren't bad enough, things between the club and their star wide receiver looked bad towards the start of the offseason, with the receiver wanting a large contract extension and the Giants going so far as to listen to trade offers for Beckham. 

The young wide receiver must be given credit though, as he refused to do what some of his fellow stars have done and hold out for a new contract. Instead, Beckham showed up to New York's offseason practices, doing everything head coach Pat Shurmur asked of him despite not having a big contract to fall back on. 

At the end of the day, Beckham was rewarded for his performance on and off the field, receiving a five-year, $90 million deal (plus $5 million in incentives) with $65 million in total guaranteed money, including $41 million fully guaranteed at signing.

"I kind of spent my last few years with Bill Polian, and his saying was always 'You pay greatness.' You pay for what you can't get in any other area," Dungy said about the young wide receiver. "But then you have to make sure that greatness isn't going to go haywire on you, and that would be my concern with Odell. 

"I think he's a tremendous player, certainly one of the top 10 players in the league. You just hope that he's got everything together and going forward, he's going to be positive for the Giants. If he does, this is going to be a great signing and he'll be a bargain in four years."