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January 7, 2014

Bring on the next Frank Reich

Country has gone overboard saluting Colts quarterback Luck

FOXBORO – I want to admit I was wrong.

A few days ago I classified Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck as the next “Drew Bledsoe.”

My insinuation was that Luck is a fine passer, at times, at best. Just like our Bledsoe, who amassed lots and lots of yards (44,611), but not a lot of success (a record of 63-60 here in New England).

After seeing Luck and the Colts come back from 28 points down to beat the Kansas City Chiefs (38-10) – earning Indy a Saturday night date at Patriots Place in the AFC Divisional playoffs - I have to state, for the record, that I made a mistake.

Luck is not the next Bledsoe. Luck is actually the next Frank Reich.

To those of you “Generation Brady” types, Reich was the longtime Buffalo Bills backup to Jim Kelly, who once rallied his team past Warren Moon and the Houston Oilers in the AFC playoffs, after falling behind, 35-3. To this day, it is the biggest comeback (32 points) in NFL playoff history.

Saturday night’s Colt comeback was so similar, that yes, that I needed to make the correction.

How eerie was it, watching Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs playing to lose, or in this case ... bleed out?

Reid sat there with a potential bandage at his disposal – his defense – and chose not use it. Instead, while staring at his huge offensive plays card as if a deer was staring at headlights, Reid allowed Luck to do what he does best -- throw the ball.

It was as if Luck was running a summer 7-on-7 drill, with no pass rush, no pressure, no pads and no problems.

Hey coach, one thought. As the guy was shredding your “prevent defense” and skips up and down the field, could you maybe try something else?

Nope. Reid’s defense stood on the ropes and absorbed a Manny Paquiao-like onslaught till the rib cage caved in.

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