Originally posted by Young2Rice:
New offense? No problem
New coach? No problem
Crappy O-Line? No problem
A gutted roster? No problem
Cruddy Wrs? No problem
He's the Anti-Smith.
I want to preface this by saying tht I think Andrew Luck is going to be one of the Best QB's for a long time. I think he will be better than Alex Smith by a ways.
You are taking some major leaps though.
New Offense - How different is it? How much input has luck had in it?
New Coach - New horrible coach or new good coach. Alex had a new horrible coach with no offensive acumen.
Crappy O-line - TBD they picked up some new pieces. We really don't know how good they will be, but I would tend to agree that they don't look extremely strong.
A gutted roster?- Possibly. They kept ome key pieces, but they did get rid of some defensive players from a horrible team. WE'll see how that develops.
Cruddy WR's - I really vehemently disagree here. Again this seems like you don't pay close attention to other teamss. Wayne is older, but still a very good receiver. Austin Collie is one of the most talented Slot receivers in the game, and despite injuries has been really effective. He was on pace to have a Wes-Welker like season 2 years ago before the concussions, and last year put up decent numbers with the QB carousel. Fleener is a rookie but obviously very talented, and already has great chemistry with Luck.
This team already has 3 offensive weapons that are far superior to anything Smith had (besides Vernon) in the passing game.
We are also comparing a once-in-a-generation prospect with a guy who was seen as somewhat of a project, so it isn't surprising that Luck is more ready.
Again I think Luck is just better, but he is also coming into a very different situation. You are taking the extreme simplistic view in order to tak another shot at Smith. Predictable, but ineffective.