Doug Gottlieb: “Sports have some great ‘What If?’ questions. What if Andrew Luck is the quarterback of the Colts right now and he doesn’t retire? Indianapolis is 3rd in rushing yards, 8th in third down percentage, 4th in time of possession, and 7th in red zone offense. They can run it, have a tremendous offensive line, a solid young defense, and have a good tight end and running back. You can try to tell me that’s not a Super Bowl team, but do the Patriots have better skill position players? NO. It’s not crazy to say they have a Super Bowl team if Luck would have come back and played. It’s going to be an all-time ‘What If?’-er. If they had Luck they would be GREAT and I think he left behind a Super Bowl team.” (Full Audio at Bottom of Page)
Listen to Doug Gottlieb explain why he thinks it’s so hard not to look at the middling 6-5 Indianapolis Colts and wonder how different their season would be like if former franchise quarterback, and likely future Hall of Famer, Andrew Luck, hadn’t shockingly retired at the age of 29 over the summer.
Indy is still one of the most competitive teams in a weak AFC, currently just a half game behind the Raiders in the loss column for the final Wild Card spot, but replacement quarterback Jacoby Brissett is on pace for under 3,000 yards passing yards this season and has only thrown one touchdown pass in his last four games.
Luck left behind one of the NFL’s most elite offensive lines, a Top 10 defense, a Pro Bowl tight end and wide receiver, and the league’s fifth leading rusher.
Check out the audio below as Gottlieb details why he feels Luck may have left Super Bowls rings on the table with his untimely exit.