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Friday, December 27, 2013
Who is the Colts' MVP?

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS – My man Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune, the Dean of all Colts beat writers, Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, and I were talking about team MVP on Friday morning.

We all agreed it’s really a two-person race between linebacker Robert Mathis and quarterback Andrew Luck.

Mathis is having a better season statistically -- he’s in the running for Defensive Player of the Year and is basically a lock to make the Pro Team -- than Luck, but as far as being more valuable to a team, I’m going with the quarterback.

Losing Mathis just means Luck would be required to do more, which he has no problem doing, and the rest of the defense will have to step up.

The same can’t be the same if the Colts lost Luck for a period of time.

Luck’s improved his completion percentage from 54.1 percent as a rookie to 59.5 this season. He’s cut his interceptions in half from 18 to nine. Luck’s thrown for 834 fewer yards and attempted 94 fewer passes from his rookie season because of the team’s emphasis on the run game.

He's improved those numbers without Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Allen, Donald Thomas, Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw in the lineup most of the season while also dealing with inconsistent play at receiver and in the running game.

So Mathis deserves serious consideration for Defensive Player of the Year, but Luck is the team’s MVP.

Do you agree?