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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Criticizes Andrew Luck For Not Being Like Peyton

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When Andrew Luck took over as the Colt’s QB after Peyton Manning left, he knew he’d have some big shoes to fill. You don’t take the job from one of the best quarterbacks in the game without drawing some serious comparisons to him. In many ways, Luck has lived up to those comparisons. But Colts owner Jim Irsay thinks he still has a long way to go.

After taking a nasty hit to the shoulder during last game, many worried that Luck had been injured. Irsay spoke on the issue, saying that Luck was fully healthy, but also criticizing the tackles Luck tries to make.

“He can throw it 70 yards. He’s ready to play,” Irsay said, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “I’m more concerned about him – and him and I have talked – about he has to protect the football and protect himself. Look, he throws the interception, it’s tough, he’s mad. I know. But no Ray Lewis tackles. Do what Peyton did. You do a little foxtrot, you don’t embarrass yourself, you push a few guys but you stay out of the fray. You don’t see Aaron Rodgers [and] you didn’t see Peyton get involved in those type of frays. That’s when tough things happen.”

Irsay wants to remind Luck that he’s a franchise quarterback, and that he needs to act accordingly.

“He has to change the way he plays only because he is not a 22-year old kid at Stanford who could play tight end or quarterback,” Irsay said. “He has to understand – and he learned from the Denver game – the importance of what it means to stay on the field. Honing his game is the key. There isn’t some kind of chronic shoulder injury or anything like that. I promise you. There are no surgeries planned. He is fine and the shoulder is something that just disappears into the woodwork when he wins his next MVP or when we win a Super Bowl.”

Irsay has never been one to stay quiet on issues that matter to him. If he’s saying this to media, you can be certain that he’s talked about it with Luck at length. Hopefully Luck can take the message to heart.

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