Before the 2012 season began a lot of the offseason hype centered around two rookie quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.
Both quarterbacks lived up to the hype. They led their teams to the postseason, breaking all types of records on the way.
RG3 and the Redskins won the NFC East while Luck and the Colts amassed an 11-5 record and made the playoffs.
Luck looked like a natural on the field at times and is going to have a successful career.
However, he did have his struggles like any rookie quarterback. So what can he do to improve his 2012 numbers?
Luck was pretty accurate for most of the season. His completion rate was around 54 percent, which is pretty good for a first-year quarterback. He was impressive on the road, completing 53 percent of his throws - at home he was almost identical, completing around 55 percent.
A lot of his throws were shorter throws. Around 58 percent of his completions were 10 yards and under. So, the fact that his completion percentage wasn't higher shows he has room for improvement there. With another year to practice with speedster T.Y. Hilton, that should change.
Luck seemed to lose accuracy as the game went on, which is strange considering the fact he had seven game winning drives and four fourth quarter comebacks. During his first 20 throws, he completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 2,509 yards with 12 TDs and 9 INTs. He threw 340 passes in that span.
From throws 21 and on, he completed only 49.4 percent of his passes for 2,153 yards with 11 TDs and 10 INTs. He threw 341 passes in that span. Now I don't know if that means teams adjusted to him better or the fact the Colts didn't have a consistent run game, but that is one thing he needs to work on.
Fortunately, accuracy is something that can be taught and Luck will need to find ways to improve in 2013. Another year with his receivers will help that.
Luck had 28 total scores in 2012, throwing for 23 TDs and running for five more. He also had 23 total turnovers.
He was also sacked 41 times, good for fifth worst in the league. In games when the Colts were down 15+ points, Luck threw 3 TDs to 9 INTs. He also had three games with 3 INTs.
Granted, these were situations where he was playing behind a sub-par offensive line and teams were pinning their ears back. For a rookie QB, it's tough to shoulder the load when your down by two scores - but you can't use that excuse for too long. Eventually Luck will have to find other ways to win.
If he can cut down on turnovers by even a third of last year's total that would be considered a major improvement in his second year.
Luck was excellent at home last year and his 7-1 record backs that up. On the road however, it was a different story.
He went 4-4 on the road in 2012 with all four wins coming against sub-500 teams. The teams he lost to were the Bears, Jets, Pats and Texans. All four games were decided by an average of around 20 points.
Luck played well at home throwing 12 TDs and 5 INTs. It was a different story on the road, as he threw for 11 TDs to 13 INTs.
If Luck can find ways to play better away from home, then the Colts will make the playoffs again next year.