Since the time that Andrew Luck entered his senior season at Stanford the NFL fans have already been thinking about the possibility of who might acquire this phenomenal Quarterback in next years draft. Thus the “Suck for Luck” campaign has begun. Through the first half of this NFL season we have heard this term from supporters of many different teams. But here’s the problem. There is no such thing as suck for Luck.
Let me explain.
When a professional football player takes the field they are going to go 100% regardless of what their record is. No player or team is going to purposely play bad because they think the organization might get a high draft pick next season. These guys have families, houses, bills, etc. They are playing for their paycheck and their future. In the NFL your life span can be very short lived as it is, so to even think that a player or team is going to “Suck for Luck” makes very little sense.
Lets take a look at two win-less teams in the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams. Both teams have had serious issues this season and have not yet won any games. But even at that, these players are going to take the field, play as hard as they can, and try to win the next football game. These players want to play in the NFL next year and if a coaching staff looks at a player and thinks he is giving up and not playing his best, then there is other guys waiting on the bench for an opportunity to step in. If they play like that this year, who would want a player like that on any team next year? My point is that NFL players do not play like that. You would not go to your job on Monday morning and do the worst job possible because you think that if you do bad enough, that they might send you some help, no they probably would just send you packing.
My final thought from speaking about the St. Louis Rams is wondering if a team who has scored 56 points this season can stay within 30 points of a New Orleans Saints team who put up 62 points in one game last week.