Colts’ GM: “The Jury’s Still Out on QB Jacoby Brissett”

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett in 2018. Photo by Adam Lacy/CSM/Shutterstock (9839354aj)

Although they missed the playoffs in 2019, Indianapolis Colts remained quite competitive this season in the wake of Andrew Luck’s retirement. That was thanks to quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s solid play, who at times looked like a real franchise QB. However, Brissett was also inconsistent later in the year, which is why he isn’t a lock for a starting job in 2020.

Talking with reporters on Thursday, Colts’ general manager Chris Ballard said that “the jury’s still out” on Brissett as the team’s QB of the future. 

“I think the jury’s still out, that’s why we did the short-term deal with Jacoby,” said Ballard. “Both from a standpoint of, one, to give us some security that we knew we had a player we liked and could go forward with but also, two, to see, time for us to figure out if he is the guy or not. Jacoby did a lot of good things. He also did some things I think he would tell you he needs to get better at but it’s constant evaluation.”

Ballard also added that Brissett will most likely be Indianapolis’ starting QB in Week 1 of 2020 NFL season, but didn’t rule out a possibility of looking at other options.

Jacoby Brissett entered the season as Indianapolis Colts’s backup quarterback, but got promoted when Luck suddenly retired from NFL in early August. Brissett inked a new deal with Colts shortly after, getting a two-year, $30 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.

Brissett looked good early in the season, leading the Colts to 5-2 record in the first seven games. He then suffered a knee injury, after which he was never the same. The 27-year-old struggled in the second part of 2019, and Indianapolis won only three out of their next nine games.

Brissett finished the year with 2,942 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns while adding 228 rushing yards and four rushing TDs.