Owner Jim Irsay is adamant that the new coach of the Indianapolis Colts will have a healthy Andrew Luck next season. "Andrew just makes (the job) that much more special and enticing," Irsay said. "He's coming back. He's coming back. But putting that aside, the great tradition we have, the incredible stadium that we have, we've accomplished things here that are absolutely just remarkable." The Colts fired Chuck Pagano after six seasons on Sunday. They have missed the playoffs three straight years, which is their longest drought since they missed the postseason from 1988-94. One of the biggest questions the Colts face this offseason outside of finding a new coach is the health of Luck. The quarterback missed all of this season after having right shoulder surgery in January 2017 and there's been no guarantees made that Luck will be ready for the start of the 2018 season. Irsay has been criticized for downplaying the severity of Luck's injury over the past year. He tweeted that Luck would be ready for the start of the regular season after he had the surgery a year ago. Then Irsay said at the annual NFL owners meetings last March that Luck would be throwing during training camp. And then the owner had hoped that Luck would play in their Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams at the end of the preseason. None of those things happened, as Luck only participated in a few practices before he was shut down and eventually placed on injured reserve due to continued soreness in his right shoulder. Irsay was passionate and animated Monday talking about how he didn't "BS anyone," including the fans, in talking about Luck.
Jim Irsay thinks Andrew Luck will be healthy for new Colts coach
ESPN | Jan 1