Colts say all options are on the table at quarterback

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During a Sunday press conference in Indianapolis, Colts owner Jim Irsay claimed that the team was going to take Russell Wilson in the fourth round of the 2012 draft had he still been on the board.

It’s interesting to think about how different the league would be had the Colts doubled down on quarterbacks after taking Andrew Luck first overall, but it does nothing to help the Colts as they try to move forward after Luck’s retirement last year. Jacoby Brissett took over as the starter and Irsay said on Sunday that he thinks Brissett needs time to develop, but stopped well short of guaranteeing he’ll get it in Indy.

“I can’t talk about any specific player,” Irsay said, via Andrew Walker of the team’s website. “I will say that all options are open. . . . All options are on the table. I’ve never quite been in a year when this was so unusual, if you will.”

One option that doesn’t seem to be on the table is a change of heart from Luck. Irsay suggested the door remains open from the team’s side, but he hasn’t spoken to Luck about it after trying to convince him to keep playing last summer and Luck’s father said recently that his son is enjoying life out of the public eye.

Many have noted that Colts head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni worked with outgoing Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in the past, but there are plenty of paths the team could take in free agency, the draft or via a trade. Irsay expressed his confidence that Reich and General Manager Chris Ballard will make the right call on which of them the team will ultimately take this offseason.

32 responses to “Colts say all options are on the table at quarterback

  1. A significantly cheaper option (who offers WAY more upside than either Brissett or soon-to-be 39 year old Rivers) is currently playing himself into a league MVP award for a team down in Houston…

  2. I wonder whether Chad Kelly will get some regular season snaps
    It was obvious that there were non-football related reasons that kept him from seeing the field when Brissett got hurt

  3. Sign Rivers on a two year deal, trade up with Detroit (who is looking to move down) and take Tua? Let Tua sit and heal and learn? Colts have the cap space to take this chance and be competitive immediately in the AFC south.

  4. Jacoby Brissett is a Bill Parcells guy. The Colts should just sign him to a five year contract and concentrate on getting some better players around him. I mean, he’s a Bill Parcells guy, right?

  5. Right, because taking Kirk Cousins in the fourth round worked so well for Washington…

  6. Their old favorite Jeff George is requesting a workout. Chris Chandler could be major competition.

  7. ‘I want to open this press conference by saying we would have taken Russell Wilson in the 4th rd of the 2012 draft, now as for this season…we will let you know what we would have done in 2022…thank you. Any questions?’

  8. Chad Kelly. That’s the “option” I’d like to see emerge. The kid can sling it, I hope they give him a shot.

  9. Ballard seems to have made a misstep by stating during the season last year that the organization was firmly behind Brissett going forward as Irsay has clearly wiped that reality away in the months since. Perhaps Irsay was even making him say that at the time, but either way rank has been very publicly pulled on that subject in Indianapolis.

  10. What about Marcus Mariota?
    They can probably lowball him, and maybe he doesn’t stink as bad as some of the others.

    How about drafting a QB? Like other teams do.

  11. Colts are in mans land.. Something drastic has to happen for them to become legitimate contenders.

    Rivers will just prolong the inevitable.

    Jordan Love might be that drastic decision.

  12. Whether you believe the Russell Wilson story or not, Andrew Luck will unretire if traded to a team of his liking (LA? Tampa? Vegas? Just throwing out teams). Had they had Wilson, Luck might have been traded years ago.

  13. specialteamsposter1 says:
    February 23, 2020 at 3:24 pm
    Sign Rivers on a two year deal, trade up with Detroit (who is looking to move down) and take Tua? Let Tua sit and heal and learn? Colts have the cap space to take this chance and be competitive immediately in the AFC south.
    You would want to see the Colts Use two 1st round picks to move down to number 3 to pick up Tua. The Colts could pick up Rivers and he might be the same QB we saw last season, which wouldn’t be taking the Colts anywhere.

  14. There’s a reason Jacoby was signed to a short term prove it deal so he’s gone. Since Rivers has already stated he’s only willing to play two more years I could see them signing him and drafting a QB this year or even waiting until next year.

  15. smarter than you says:
    February 23, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Who’d wanna play for that guy? Luck couldn’t get out fast enough.


    Real talk. Florio, have teams called about trading for out of Luck?

  16. I’m not saying Brissett is the long term answer, but the kid has never gotten a fair shake with the Colts. His first stint as a starter came little more than a week after being traded, and this time around he spent most of camp taking 2nd string reps before Luck’s surprise retirement. Again, not saying he’s the long term QB, but it would be interesting to see if he could do any better with a full off season taking #1 reps and maybe having more of the playbook catered towards him. He’s only got one year left on a team friendly deal, so why force someone else in at this point if they’re not franchise-QB material?

    Sidenote: If Brissett ends up on the street, I think the Patriots would be a good fit (again) regardless of whether Brady is back or not.

  17. Jim Irsay with the best response “All options are on the table”!

    My short sided Bears immediately committed to Trubisky when there are a LOT of intriguing QB options in 2020.

  18. They should just focus on developing Brissett and surround him with weapons. And draft a QB in the mid round and give Brissett some competition.

  19. bostonblows says:

    No* mans land


    That’s right.
    No asterisks for Indy… Just New England.

  20. He absolutely would not have taken Wilson. He’s not fooling anyone with that one. Everybody claims they would have taken him.

  21. Whatever, Frank Reich and Greg Ballard have definitely earned the benefit of the doubt to make the right decision (s).

  22. It’s nice to see the Colts are back to being the dumpster fire they were before that short decade of sanity when Irsay let smarter people run the team. Irsay was Jeb York before Jeb York was out of diapers.

    Nothing says “I know what I’m doing” like signing a QB to a long term extension then signing a backup to compliment him then during the next off season going “we might need a QB”.

    I feel the most sorry for Jacoby Brissett. The guy had no talent around him in the passing game yet still made the most of it yet they treat him like he was Nathan Peterman. How dare he not put up Andrew Luck Numbers with Jack Doyle as his only reliable target. Seriously Indianapolis? Luck had guys like TY Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson and even Darius Heyward Bey who was at least a deep threat even though he wasn’t reliable.

  23. So, this team really doesn’t know what to do at the QB position if they do not have the #1 pick in the NFL Draft?

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