Eagles coach Andy Reid has suggested the last two years that officials allowed his quarterback, Michael Vick, to take more dangerous hits _ hits that could have drawn penalties with less mobile quarterbacks.
The Colts, of course, would put Luck under armed guard on the football field if they could. Instead, all Arians really can do is urge Luck to slide more often and avoid putting himself in more danger by making tackles.
After throwing an interception late in the first half, when his arm was hit, the disgusted quarterback sprinted up the field and threw his shoulder into the lower body of Landry, who lateraled the ball to Chris Prosinski. Arians tapped Luck on the helmet when he got to the sideline.
On Friday, the rookie got advice from all corners.
ESPN analyst Bill Polian, the former Colts vice chairman, said he wouldn’t want his quarterback making those kinds of tackles. Former Colts backup Jim Sorgi told a local radio station he probably would have done the same thing, though having quarterbacks backing up 10 to 15 yards and only making tackles on a touchdown-saving play wasn’t not unusual in the NFL.
Arians didn’t seem to have a problem with the tackle itself. He just wants his quarterback protecting himself then, too.
“No right shoulder tackles,” Arians said, drawing laughter. “And don’t get in a reason to have to tackle.”