I just finished reading through this week’s Sports Illustrated and there were two stories about two different quarterbacks that piqued my interest. Been following the Stanford all season and there’s a short story that brought up a few interesting tidbits about Andrew Luck.
Luck is the Cardinal superstar quarterback that is destined to be the number one pick in the NFL draft and has done everything right this week to justify various “Suck for Luck” campaigns being waged across the dregs of the NFL. The numbers are all on point for Luck against Washington last week (6-21 129 yards passing), but it’s been between his play-calling and decision-making that have really been the difference with him.
The Cardinal are a physical offense with 446 yards rushing against the Huskies and their three tight ends Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Levine Toiolo have 13 of the team’s 21 touchdown catches, but even that is reliant on Luck. Note that head coach David Shaw is letting Luck make more and more decisions at the line. Based on the offensive success, Luck is doing a pretty good job of that too. Now lets see if he can do it against USC on Saturday.
Then there’s JaMarcus Russell.
I finally read the Sports Illustrated article that generated a lot of buzz around the Bay Area when it was first announced. It really doesn’t do anything to reveal anything different about Russell other than showing us why he was a $39 million dollar bust in Oakland.
The interview was done in his home town of Mobile Alabama in a local barber shop getting a hair cut with much of his supporters there during the interview. It had the feel of a peanut gallery full of yes men booing every negative comment against him and whooping up every positive response. Definitely worth a read, but there’s really nothing new.
Bottom line— if your fat and lazy, don’t expect to make it in the NFL.