Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been very active with NFL efforts in Europe, and this offseason he is spending time overseas. Currently, he is in London and putting on a camp for kids along with his father, former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck.
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Luck recently spoke with BritViewNFL.com about his team's chances in 2015, and Luck thinks his team has a real shot at the Super Bowl. "I'd like to think that we can get better and improve on 2014," he said. "That's the goal for every team when hope springs eternal during the off-season. It's everybody's goal to go out and win the Super Bowl - I'd like to think we have a realistic chance. We certainly have the guys to get it done, the coaching staff and the support so that's what we're working for."
Of course, to get to the Super Bowl, the Colts will likely have to dethrone the New England Patriots, the defending Super Bowl champions and a team that has dominated the Colts in their last four meetings, two of which have been in the playoffs. Because of that, Colts fans are circling the team's week six Sunday Night Football matchup against the Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on their calendars, as that will be a real chance to see just how much the Colts have improved and a chance to see whether or not the Colts are still chasing their rivals. It also might be the first game back for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, as he is currently suspended for the first four games of the season (though we've yet to hear whether that will be reduced or not).
If you ask Luck, however, he's not circling the Patriots on the calendar. He realizes that all 16 regular season games are important in the NFL.
"The Patriots are obviously the defending Super Bowl champs and our defending conference champs so there's a high amount of respect for that team and what they do," Luck said. "They're the kings of the league right now and everybody would like to de-throne them - we'd like to de-throne them but you have to look at the season as 16 games. There are fans and media who will hype up certain games and circle them in red on the calendar but, as a player, you lose sight of what's important if you get into that mode."
That's exactly the right attitude for a player to have, as Luck can't get so caught up in beating the Patriots that he misses out on beating the other teams on the schedule in the other 15 games. It shouldn't be a problem for this Colts team, but there's little doubt: beating the Patriots would feel a little sweeter than beating the Buccaneers or a team like that. Hopefully, the Colts have a team that can do both in 2015 and be legitimate contenders for the Super Bowl.