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While the challenges are bound to get tougher when he starts facing exotic blitzes and new defenses, those standing inside the Colts‘ rope line liked what they saw.

“My impression with him is that he is just very strong and steady and is working toward limiting the turnovers, the interceptions, working toward really being patient and not feeling he has to do it all on his own,” team owner Jim Irsay said after watching his newest multi-million dollar investment. “He is not expected to win it all on his own. I think whenever Peyton struggled and had his worst periods of interception streaks or whatever is when he tried to do too much.”

Nobody has a tougher crowd to please than Luck, who must replace the long-time face of the Colts‘ franchise.

While the Stanford grad has been billed as the most NFL-ready quarterback since Indy took Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick in 1998, it’s easy to forget that Manning’s record-setting rookie season also included only three victories and a rookie record 28 interceptions.

So Pagano, Irsay and others are pleading for patience.

“Everyone knows when you go with a rookie quarterback, it’s difficult,” Irsay said. “But there have been some cases like Andrew Dalton last year played pretty well. I think the thing with Andrew was the guys around him.”

The similarities between Manning and Luck are striking.

Both had fathers who were NFL quarterbacks, both left their home states to attend college, wound up as Heisman Trophy runner-ups and were taken No. 1 overall after sticking around school one season longer than the “experts” expected.

And, of course, both were panned by their teammates for their lack of musical skills.

“Well, neither one of them could (sing) but that’s OK,” Irsay said. “We don’t go by tone or anything for quarterbacks.”

The Colts would rather win games, which is one reason Irsay invited Dungy to come to camp.

Dungy has the most coaching wins (92) in franchise history, and Irsay asked Dungy to advise Pagano about making the move from assistant coach to head coach, Luck on the transition to the NFL and asked him to speak to the team about community work.

It was the first time Dungy attended a full football practice since he retired after the 2008 season, and the NBC studio analyst reiterated he’s not looking for a new job.

“We did the Super Bowl here (in Indianapolis) for NBC, and we did our last 15 minutes of the pregame on the sideline,” Dungy said. “I said, `If this doesn’t get me introductions and everything for the Super Bowl, I’m going to be OK.’ I made it through that, so I think I’m OK.”

Instead, he’d rather watch Luck take command of the Colts offense.

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