Larrivee: Packers face fresh, possibly emotional Colts with savvy rookie QB Luck
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers are heading into their game Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts knowing they are facing more than an improving team with a potential future star in quarterback Andrew Luck.
According to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Packers Wayne Larrivee, they'll face a fresh team coming off a bye week, and potentially a team fueled - or decimated - by emotion to dedicate their game to a head coach battling the medical fight of his life.
"This is a team coming off a week of rest," said Larrivee on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"The other thing you don't know is how they'll be emotionally, with the Chuck Pagano situation. He'll be away. He'll be undergoing treatment for leukemia. That could send a team one way or the other. It can drain them emotionally, or fire them up. This is such a new and young team, so many new players on this club, so many players coming off injury, it's hard to put a handle on it."
The main offensive weapon the Colts bring to the table is the man who has taken over the role of quarterback from departed future hall-of-famer Peyton Manning, top draft choice Andrew Luck.
"He has tremendous upside," explained Larrivee about Luck, who has 846 yards passing, five touchdown throws and four interceptions in his first three games.
"He's Russell Wilson, except about six inches taller, five inches taller. He's more the prototypical NFL quarterback. He looks poised in the pocket. You wouldn't know he's a rookie based on the way he runs that team. They still do a lot of things at the line of scrimmage with him, even though he's a rookie."
Another worry Larrivee mentioned is the challenge of keeping him from improvising with his legs.
"When he gets outside the pocket, he's a real threat. He's an explosive runner with 4.6 speed, which is highly unusual as a quarterback."