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July 30, 2013

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Colts QB Luck embraces old-school attack

ANDERSON — Most 23-year-olds don’t carry around a flip phone or eschew social media like a plague.

But, if it hasn’t become obvious by now, Andrew Luck isn’t much like most 23-year-olds.

He isn’t much like his peers in the new generation of NFL quarterbacks, either.

While much of the rest of the league has become infatuated with the read-option offense and the freakishly athletic quarterbacks required to pilot it, the Indianapolis Colts are quite content with their throwback model.

Luck has enough mobility to get himself out of a jam — ask Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews or look up video of the final drive last season in Detroit for proof — but nobody’s going to confuse him with Colin Kaepernick or Robert Griffin III in a footrace.

He’s an old-fashioned drop-back passer far more similar to Johnny Unitas than Texas A&M’s ubiquitous Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny “Football” Manziel. And that makes him a perfect fit in the Circle City.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano learned the game at the foot of his father, Sam, one of the winningest high school coaches in Colorado history. And, for all of his genius and innovation, new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s scheme still has its roots in the system former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh used to dominate the NFL in the 1980s.

No, Indianapolis is not on board the league’s latest fad. But that might be just the thing that makes the 2013 season unique.

“Old, new, whatever works,” Luck said. “Hopefully, this offense works for us. I think it will. I’ve got a lot of confidence. There’s a bit of an old-school mentality of you got to be able to run the ball and play-action hopefully comes from that. Whatever works, and hopefully it works for us.”

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