Yardbarker- “I think he’s a stud,” Brees said of Luck, via ESPN. “He’s got obviously all of the physical tools and mental tools, intangibles that you need to play this position and play at a high level and play for a long time. He can make every throw. He’s a great athlete for his size and strength. He’s very poised no matter what the situation. And he’s won a lot of big games in the last few years. He’s got a really bright future ahead of him.”
Look, on the surface I don't want my future Hall of Fame quarterback waxing poetic about the competition he's facing this upcoming weekend. I don't need Drew Brees giving a talented, young quarterback even more confidence against a secondary that has proven to be leaky at times. With that said, this is no ordinary great quarterback we are talking about. This is Andrew Luck. This is the guy that beats up on the AFC South, gets a bunch of accolades, and then gets walloped in the playoffs. This is the guy that gets nothing but praise for annually being towards the top of the league in interceptions. Andrew Luck has been consistently good since he came into the league, but has he gotten much better since coming into the league? I think there is a debate to be had there. If anything you could say that he's lucky that he hasn't faced more criticism.
For that reason, I don't even mind Drew Brees telling him how great he is, because clearly Andrew Luck has let some of those things go to his head. Keep it up Drew. Keep rubbing Luck's shoulders and telling him he's pretty. Keep telling him he can do no wrong. Lure him right into a false sense of security with your nurturing ways. "You're so amazing Andrew, everything you do is perfect Andrew. , nothing is ever your fault Andrew". Hopefully those kind words will sooth him after he's done playing pitch and catch with Delvin Breaux and Kenny Vaccaro. You can only be so great when you aren't trying to prove people wrong. Luck doesn't have to prove Drew wrong and he doesn't have to prove 90% of analysts wrong, because more often than not he's given the benefit of the doubt. That lack of self doubt in his own questionable decision making doesn't bode well for his chances come Sunday...or at least that's how I justify it in my own head.
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