Andrew Luck has been the heart and soul of the Colts for the past two seasons. Is he a legitimate MVP candidate and if so, is he one of the favorites?
Andrew Luck has had a very successful first two years of his career and has emerged as perhaps the best young quarterback in the game. His 11 game-winning drives is the most in NFL history for quarterbacks in their first two seasons. Luck also has a total of 55 touchdowns with almost 9,000 yards (passing and running). Luck has also turned around a team that had two wins in 2011 to a team that made the playoffs two years in a row with one playoff win. Luck has done a lot and has an important role with the Colts.
Is Luck a candidate for MVP? Luck has garnered a minimal amount of MVP talk over the past two seasons. In his rookie season, it seemed like Reggie Wayne was more of a candidate than Luck, but Luck still got some attention. Last year, after Wayne went down, his importance only increased and there was some talk about him being in the conversation. He was never a threat to take the award, but people have mentioned his name. When considering all the possible candidates, you see a lot of quarterbacks and rightfully so. The quarterback is the leader of the offense and the team. Everyone rallies around the quarterback, so it’s easy to understand why six of the last seven MVP winners have been quarterbacks. Considering the fact that he’s the quarterback and star of the Colt - one of the better teams in the league - and continues to improve and has been mentioned before in the MVP discussion, he is a legitimate candidate for the 2014 season.
Is he a favorite? This is where it gets tricky. According to Bodog, Luck is a 12-1 favorite for winning the MVP award, making him the 5th favorite. The guys above him are the Elite 4 quarterbacks of the NFL: Manning, Rodgers, Brees and Brady. Bodog believes that Luck is an MVP favorite, but is he really? As mentioned earlier, the winner is always a member of a playoff team and has a main role on the team. The Colts are amongst the best team in the AFC and to many, a lock to make the playoffs, especially considering their weaker division. If Luck can improve his stat line and challenge for one of the top spots in the AFC, Luck is surely a favorite. The Colts as a team have the ability to get there and Luck will only improve as a quarterback. For this reason, I believe Luck should be amongst the early favorites to win the MVP award.
All in all, it’s safe to say that the stuff that Luck has done over the past two years is incredible and it’s obvious the kid is only getting better. The team as a whole is getting better and should challenge for the top spot in the AFC and are almost locks to make the playoffs. Quarterbacks get all the attention when it comes to MVP discussions and Luck should be in that conversation as one of the favorites this coming season.