Frank Reich: I hope it works out for Jacoby Brissett, but not now

AP

The Colts reportedly resisted trade offers for quarterback Jacoby Brissett last year and they made it clear that anyone looking to pluck him from their roster this year would have to pay a heavy price to make a deal, but Brissett has been equally clear about his hopes for the future.

Brissett wants to be a starting quarterback and there’s no chance of that happening with the Colts as long as Andrew Luck is in the picture. He’ll be a free agent after the 2019 season and head coach Frank Reich’s recent comments about Brissett suggest that he’ll have to wait at least that long for any chance of being the lead guy for an offense.

“It’s impossible for me to have a higher opinion of Jacoby than I do,” Reich said, via Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan. “I said it last year, I think he’s a top 20 quarterback. I still say that. After watching him for a year, this guy’s really good. I tell Chris all the time, ‘Please don’t let him go. I don’t care what anybody offers him. Don’t let him go.’ I love Jacoby. The problem is now I’ve gotten to know Jacoby and, at some point, I hope that it works out for Jacoby. But not now.”

Brissett started two games for the Patriots as a rookie in 2016 and he started 15 games when Luck was out with a right shoulder injury in 2017, but the hope in Indianapolis is that he does little more than hold a clipboard until the 2020 season.

14 responses to “Frank Reich: I hope it works out for Jacoby Brissett, but not now

  1. I could see Brissett being an average QB w/ the ceiling of a Joe Flacco/Nick Foles caliber QB good for 20TDs/10INTs and a passer rating of 88-90 every season. He opened some eyes in 2017 playing behind a pathetic OL in just his 2nd season, he’s got talent for sure. It will be interesting to see where he ends up & to follow his career after this season .

  2. “I realize I am costing the guy literally 10’s of millions of dollars by keeping him on my bench and not trading him somewhere where he will either get a big extension or at least get enough playing time to show what he’s capable of, but I could just not love that guy more”.

  3. OK, so… Which teams, exactly, were trying to “pry” him away from the Colts to make him their starter?

    Seriously, I want to know which teams were out there passing on guys like Bridgewater, passing on trading for Foles, passing on trading for Josh Rosen or even Flacco for that matter, passing on trading up in the draft to get one of the top 2 or 3 guys, in order to “pry” Brissett away from the Colts?

  4. That should tell you how much faith they have in Luck to last a full season. I’m thinking if Luck makes it thru all 16 games, perhaps they will let Jacoby go.

  5. nard1000 says:
    June 26, 2019 at 10:46 am
    That should tell you how much faith they have in Luck to last a full season. I’m thinking if Luck makes it thru all 16 games, perhaps they will let Jacoby go.

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    The Colts placing a premium on Brissett has nothing to do with how much faith they have or don’t have in Luck’s ability to stay healthy. Every team in the NFL places a premium on good starting caliber QB’s regardless of who their starter is, given how much they can get for Brissett they’re not just going to let him go for nothing as they can get a few valuable draft picks in return for his services and if something does happen to Luck their season isn’t automatically over with a capable #2 on the roster.

  6. Always interesting to read comments about a player who most have not even seen play. Reich knows what he has in Jacoby and he is right. Brissett is an NFL stater, who may be better than 1/3 of current starters.

    I saw him direct NC State after the Florida transfer and I have watched him in the NFL. He is ready. Nice of the coach to acknowledge his skills, but Jacoby’s people should be lobbying to get out of Indianapolis.

  7. hawkkiller says:
    June 26, 2019 at 10:53 am
    The Colts placing a premium on Brissett has nothing to do with how much faith they have or don’t have in Luck’s ability to stay healthy. Every team in the NFL places a premium on good starting caliber QB’s regardless of who their starter is…
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    Yes it does. The kid has some value, sure, but if Colts were that confident about Luck then they’d trade Brissett, pronto, as this Spring would’ve been a great time. But frankly, given Luck’s injury history, Colts would do better to have Brissett see out his current contract.

  8. qdog112 says:
    June 26, 2019 at 11:35 am
    I saw him direct NC State after the Florida transfer and I have watched him in the NFL. He is ready. Nice of the coach to acknowledge his skills, but Jacoby’s people should be lobbying to get out of Indianapolis.
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    And I saw Johnny Manziel direct Texas A&M to a whole bunch of wins doing some absolutely amazing things in the process.

    So just stop with the college stuff.

    In 2017 Brissett threw 13 TDs in 16 games and went 4-11 as a starter. He’s a backup game manager and just like all backup game managers, if you have to use him as your starter you’re in serious trouble.

    I mean, if he’s so “ready…” if he’s a starting caliber QB, why not trade Luck? Luck is turning 30, Brissett is only 26 and he’s more mobile. Make the switch!

  9. Colts wouldn’t let him go for anything lower than a 2nd round pick. He knows the offense and can play should Luck go down. If there are people trying to “pry” him away, they’ll have the chance to do just that when he’s a free agent next year. Colts then walk away with a free 3rd or 4th round compensatory pick (should he go to be a starter).

    Otherwise, he tests FA and sees that there isn’t a market for him. He can decide to return or go elsewhere.

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