The singular expert on sitting for a few years at the start of a quarterbacking career -- Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers -- said on "Mike & Mike" that Andrew Luck would do well to spend some time behind Peyton Manning.
“Peyton is obviously one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and for Andrew coming in who everybody is saying is going to be one of the most NFL-ready players ever, if he’s able to be fine with sitting behind Peyton for a couple years I think it’d be invaluable. To learn from him and watch the great things that he does and try to incorporate those things into his own game.”
Rodgers said he’s impressed by what those guys have done, but that sitting for three years behind Brett Favre was fantastic for him.
“It allowed me to get my body in the kind of shape I wanted to get in. But more importantly to become an expert in our offense and to study defenses. If you talk to those guys you mentioned playing right now in a couple years, they’ll probably say, ‘Man, I didn’t really know anything or know what I was doing as a rookie.’ Because the game just really starts to open up to you after a couple offseasons. You do a lot of self-scout study and you study defense and then you can really I think become a very quick reactor. Those guys getting the experience early, they’ll be able to see a lot of looks. You really start to get that comfort level the more looks you see and the more time you study in the offseason.”
I don’t think a three-year sitdown for Luck or any highly drafted quarterback is really feasible, and two years might be pushing it. But I can see planning to do it for one year and then reassessing it.
Luck is a smart guy, and perhaps he’s patient enough to be willing to take that approach, though I am sure he also has the confidence to believe he can lead a team to a win on opening day in 2012.
The Colts will almost certainly be facing these decisions. If Luck doesn’t try to force a move and if Manning is healthy, the rookie will almost certainly be a No. 2 quarterback to start his career.