I spent some time passing out on my couch tonight watching “The Drive” on NFL Network.
For all of the comparisons that Andrew Luck draws to John Elway, it was another quarterback in that game who he actually reminds me of. Andrew Luck is actually a more refined Bernie Kosar with better mobility and arm strength.
Look at some of the trajectories on Kosar’s passes when they were well thrown. His ball after the point of delivery is almost exactly like Andrew Luck’s. Never mistaken for a cannon of a passing arm, it was a very catchable, well-thrown and perfectly delivered football a lot of the time.
I just had to make note of this; as it seems there is no one player who you really compare Andrew Luck to. I think he’s going to end up very similar to Kosar in terms of measurables on the field.
Now, two things to take in consideration. Kosar played in one of the worst climates outdoors in the league. Luck will play in a dome. And I don’t think Chuck Pagano will kill Luck with any prevent defenses late.
Things could have wound up differently for Bernie Kosar and the 80’s Cleveland Browns. They had an opportunity to escape their ultimate and permanent place in history. Instead, their fate is to represent that of a team who forever is who you fall asleep late-night on your couch just before their untimely doom hits. With Elway going 98 yards or a fumble slipping away just feet from the Super Bowl. Those 80’s Cleveland Browns are always just sandwiched in between the 1993 Oilers and 1982 Landry Cowboys late at night, with both fates sealed for eternity.