INDIANAPOLIS –Readers of Colts.com may submit questions during the week and have a chance to have them answered during the middle of each week. Here are responses to some of the questions received recently. We thank you for your interest in the Colts.
MEGHAN C. (from Syracuse, NY) Has Andrew Luck always been Number 12 since he was born?
A: From what I can gather, Andrew chose the number because of his father, Oliver. He certainly wore it at Stanford and also in high school. I know Oliver wore number 10 with the Oilers, a team for which Andrew had affection while growing up. Jersey numbers can be a very personal thing. A few Colts previously wore number 12, including some quarterbacks – Rusty Hilger, Jim Harbaugh, Kerwin (the 'Throwin' Mayoan') Bell, Jerry Goldsteyn, Joe Ferguson, Matt Kofler, Don Strock (a true classic), Jim Sorgi, Jim Bob Taylor, Bill Troup and Ricky Turner. Here's hoping Andrew throws more touchdown passes than all those QBs combined. That is not taking a shot at the group who wore the number. A few of them had great careers and those I have met have been great guys, like Andrew.
STEPH G. (from Indianapolis) Can our TWO coaches be eligible for NFL Coaches of the Year? Coach Bruce did it on the sidelines and Coach Chuck did it in our hearts!!! KEEP IT GOING!
A: While the wins Bruce Arians led in Chuck's absence all will go on Chuck's record, voting may be a different matter. We'll see. It certainly is a unique situation, one of those where if you stick around long enough you might see things happen that are this unique. Bruce (9-3) tied the record for wins set by two other interim coaches (Hamp Pool, Rams, 1952; Wally Lemm, Oilers, 1961), but they were serving in situations where the head coach was not returning. What truly is fun is the extremely close relationship Chuck and Bruce share professionally and personally. They're buddies. Bruce is the first coach Chuck called when he was hired and when he became ill. Thankfully, the illness has been beaten. This season will be remembered for a number of things, and the job Bruce did in going 9-3 will have a special place in franchise history. I'm all for the award going to one, or both – just as long as it goes to a Colt.