Rex Ryan vowed to bring the heat Wednesday. In so many words, Andrew Luck said to bring it on.
"When there's a blitz, it's an opportunity for a big play," Luck said on a conference call. "It's a big play for the defense. Or, if you're on it, it's a big play for the offense. And so we try to relish it and welcome it and be ready to make a defense pay if they do."
Luck usually does. He was the NFL's No. 1-rated quarterback against the blitz last season, per Pro Football Focus, throwing 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Sunday is a grand opening of sorts for Rex Ryan. He'll finally unveil his defense in full to the public, one of the most talented he's ever had on paper.
Despite the tall task of facing Luck and his fantasy football line-up of weapons, Ryan said he would not merely sit back in coverage. He plans to pressure. It's in his football DNA.
Luck can study New York Jets film and Bills film, but there isn't much to draw on.
"You're obviously not going to know everything," Luck said. "There will be things you haven't seen. That's the nature of playing a creative defensive mind. We see a lot of multiple looks from our defense as well, throughout training camp so it's not like we're going up against over Cover 2 90 percent of the time in practice. When we go Colts vs. Colts, it's always multiple looks. So it's good preparation.
"Especially when it's Week 1 with a brand-new coach and a different personnel. It happens a bunch of times every year with openers. You've got to go play football and don't over-think it. Go out there and play ball."
Luck has improved in each of his three seasons, taking a huge jump in 2014. A year ago, he completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 4,761 yards, 40 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 96.5 passer rating in leading the Colts to the AFC Championship Game.
The MVP candidate praised his receiving corps, even calling Andre Johnson "a Hall of Fame guy." On Sunday, it'll be strength vs. strength. One of the NFL's best young offensive minds (Luck) vs. one of the NFL's best defensive minds.
"We approach it the same way and I'm sure the Bills are the same way," Luck said. "It's always a good measuring stick to go up against a good unit. We'll see what we're made of."