Andrew Luck announced his retirement August 25th, leaving fans around the league stunned. My first reaction was that the Colts will be in the running for a lottery ticket to the Tua/Herbert sweepstakes next April. After pondering this thought, I realized that the Indianapolis Colts are still primed to be a playoff team. Hear me out.
Jacoby Brissett is a competent quarterback. He is no Andrew Luck, but he is better than your team’s backup. Brissett was in the same quarterback room as Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo to start his career. The Patriots drafted Brissett in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft, who many presumed would be battling Garoppolo to be the predecessor to Tom Brady’s throne. On September 2, 2017, Brissett was traded to the Indianapolis Colts to takeover at QB for, at the time, injured Andrew Luck. He would complete the season for the Colts leading them to a 4-11 record as starter. Not great, but that was with a 34 year old running back in Frank Gore, and two real targets in TY Hilton and Jack Doyle. With that, the Colts were consumed by the injury bug and it hit them hard. That team is completely renovated.
Now, transitioning from that 2017 team to the 2019 team, Brissett has more experience learning the Colt’s offense while sitting behind Luck. Furthermore, the Colts have brought in valuable assets including Devin Funchess and Eric Ebron. They drafted Quinton Nelson in 2018, who has been a superstar talent at their left guard position. In April’s draft, the Colts selected receiver Parris Campbell who will provide explosive speed to the receiving group. Marlon Mack returns as the leading back, rounding out the offensive group.
If anything, Brissett comes out and is able to give Indy 7 wins. I truly do believe he can get them to 10 or 11 wins, depending on how things play out. All hope is not lost, but Indy is going to feel the difference now that Luck is out indefinitely. Regardless, Jacoby Brissett is someone who I deem respectable and competent to be an NFL starter.