Bruce Arians tired of Andrew Luck taking 'cheap shots to the head'

Bruce Arians tired of Andrew Luck taking 'cheap shots to the head'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Arians thinks Luck deserves better protection from the officials. (Getty Images)

Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck came into the league with high expectations, and he has either met or exceeded most of them. A year ago, Indianapolis was 2-14; heading into Week 11 with a young QB, a revamped defense and an entirely new coaching staff, the Colts are 6-3 and on course for a playoff berth. Interim coach Bruce Arians deserves a lot of credit, too, and he's not all that jazzed with the cheap shots that his quarterback is taking.

“Even if Andrew slides, guys are coming for his head,” Arians told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. "That was a cheap shot by [Jaguars safety Dawan] Landry. He got a penalty. But a penalty is not enough. Landry should have been ejected from the game. He is sliding, and it's illegal to launch yourself at the quarterback's head like that. He should have been ejected.”

Arians says he hasn't brought this up with Luck because he doesn't want to change his aggressive style.

If this sounds familiar, it should: Arians was the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh for five years, and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took plenty of big hits that wouldn't have been tolerated had his name been Brady, Brees or Manning.

The NFL had a bad week protecting quarterbacks -- Jay Cutler, Alex Smith and Michael Vick all suffered concussions -- so maybe there will be renewed attention in keeping them safe.

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