Colts will turn to Jacoby Brissett after Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement

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No NFL team has ever had the rug pulled out from under it the way the Colts have tonight, when news broke that franchise quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring, less than two weeks before the start of the season.

Teams have lost their starting quarterbacks before. But to lose a 29-year-old franchise quarterback who was considered the greatest prospect of his generation, and still had three years remaining on a five-year, $123 million contract that made him the highest-paid player in football at the time he signed it, is unprecedented.

Now the Colts will turn to Jacoby Brissett, just as they did in 2017, when Luck missed the season with a shoulder injury.

The good news is Brissett should be a lot more prepared now than he was then. When Brissett took the field in Week One of 2017, he had just been traded to Indianapolis from New England a week earlier. Given those circumstances, Brissett played reasonably well.

How well can he play this year, with much more time in the Colts’ offense, and a better feel for what’s expected of him? The answer to that question may determine what kind of season the Colts have. They believed they were playoff contenders this year, but they also believed Luck would be their starting quarterback.

The Colts have said repeatedly that they consider Brissett the best backup quarterback in the NFL. Now we’ll see how good a starting quarterback he is, as he’s thrust into the spotlight while Luck walks away.

31 responses to “Colts will turn to Jacoby Brissett after Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement

  1. I told the PFT Planet for years that Robert Griffim the 3rd was the more durable and better QB for years and I was rediculed and downvoted unfairly! HE WHO LAUGHS LAST LAUGHS BEST.

  2. I feel bad for Luck, but the Colts? Karma for tanking in order to get him. Karma for having one of the worst owners in the league. Karma for putting up “participant” pennants in your stadium. Karma for said worst owner talking about “multiple-Super Bowls” while badmouthing Manning.

    Good luck, Luck. You’re better off away from this team.

  3. There is a small, but better than average chance, Irsay hit the garbage bag of meds he carries for down and out Indy women, and called Schefter himselfto make up this story.

  4. That is what the Colts deserve for tanking a season to be able to draft Andrew Luck in the first place. I don’t feel bad for Irsay but I feel bad for Andrew Luck though.

  5. If Belichick thought Brisset was a starting-level NFL quarterback, he would have gotten more for him.

    ’nuff said, Colts fans

  6. Brissett has more experience but this time around he has one of the better O-lines in the NFL. AFC South is still wide open, if the Colts D plays as good as they played in 2018, then Colts have chance to make the playoffs.

  7. Completely understandable with the injuries these past few years. He was fun,brought life to the organization and a high level of play. Thanks for memories Andrew Luck. Wish him the best.

  8. Got to be something in that lower leg that surgery can repair. I thought it was strange that everyone was pumping the tires on Brissett, a career 82 passing rating. I think some people knew this was possible and were sending out smoke signals.

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    theprocess12 says:
    August 24, 2019 at 10:19 pm
    Brissett has more experience but this time around he has one of the better O-lines in the NFL. AFC South is still wide open, if the Colts D plays as good as they played in 2018, then Colts have chance to make the playoffs.
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    Brissett is the worst nightmare for the Colts—-good enough to win a few games so that the Colts won’t get a top QB in the draft, yet not good enough to make the playoffs.

  10. terripet says:
    August 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Colts win the super bowl mark it down
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    When?

  11. Brissett was kept despite good offers this Spring in a high-demand low-supply year. And as I warned ya’ll, Despite Colts’ constant claims Luck was ok, the ONLY reason to do that was if the Colts were privately very concerned about Luck’s health.

  12. what a kick in the gut for the team and for Colts fans. Just when I thought the Colts brought in a good offensive line to protect Luck, he takes a powder.

  13. He wants to support his father Oliver Luck in the XFL while he still can. This is a brilliant move as Andrew is will become the face of the XFL
    NY franchise. Smart move by McMahon to give Luck a small ownership stake in making the move. Some play checkers others play chess!

  14. What about Chad Kelly? He might be starting after the suspension? Gotta be better than Brissett?

  15. No NFL owner has ever had the rug pulled out from under them this close to the start of the season? Barry Sanders shocking retirement was very close to the start of the season as well and just as devastating.

  16. Boy, the Pats wrath really has its collective mitts on that slimy organization and has for over 20 years. Even when Manning leaves, they draft Luck, Luck never beats NE, the Colts are caught cheating with Goodell, and then BB dumps Brissett into Indy’s lap while Brady enjoys a solid WR named Dorsett, winning another SB.

    The football gods have been watching.

  17. I’ve been saying for sometime now that Russell Wilson, in 20/20 hindsight, is the clear beat QB from the 2012 draft. This just cements. RGIII was never the same after his injury, Luck has had trouble staying healthy, and meanwhile Russell Wilson hasn’t missed a game.

  18. Brissett is a NC State QB. Nuf said. Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson, Glennon, now its Jacoby time !!

    Note to the wise: keep an eye on Ryan Finley.

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