Let’s suppose Luck is experiencing some degree of unhappiness with the Colts. That seems plausible, given they’ve done a poor job building him an offensive line, the team looks to be terrible and he currently is unavailable to help fix this mess. What are his options?
Forcing a trade? OK, name the last in-his-prime, top-of-his-game, under-longterm-contract franchise quarterback who successfully engineered a deal that got him out of an undesirable situation. Excellent QBs are too rare, too valuable, to allow them to simply walk away to another team. And think about it: The people who let franchise legend Peyton Manning go near the end of his career in order to get their hands on Luck �� and the club that once allowed itself to be steamrolled in the draft by John Elway �� those people are not going to willingly blow up this deal. It would take a decade to recover the goodwill of the fan base.
Thankfully for those owners, the Titans’ powerhouse offensive line is adept at wearing out opponents, a trait that allowed Tennessee to rack up a 68.8 percent GBR in the second half and led Murray and Henry to end up with a combined 26.4 points. The Titans now have a 53.6 percent GBR for the season, a mark that is likely to lead the league at the end of Week 3.
In his rookie campaign of 2015, Todd Gurley was one of only two running backs to post a double-digit total in my good blocking yards per attempt (GBYPA) metric, which measures how productive a ball carrier is when given good run blocking.
That number fell back to earth last year, as Gurley’s 6.8 GBYPA ranked 40th out of 42 qualifying running backs (100 or more carries to qualify) and led to his being a major disappointment to fantasy managers.
Gurley certainly has been anything but a fantasy letdown this season, as he has posted 20 or more points in three straight weeks and led all players in the Thursday or Sunday games with 37.9 points.