Week 1 of the NFL season is just one week away, and Andrew Luck’s health is still in question. Luck was recently removed from the PUP list, but Colts owner Jim Irsay said that Luck most likely won’t play in their season opener against the Rams. It’s possible Luck could be out a few weeks longer.
Since Luck has been out, Scott Tolzien has been taking the first team snaps. I’m not a Colts fan, but I know that they can’t be comfortable having Tolzien as their starting quarterback for week 1 or beyond. Tolzien has been in the league since 2011, and has only played in 9 games over that time span. He’s got just 3 starts. Tolzien has a small playing history, and it’s not a history you should feel comfortable with. As a starting quarterback he’s 0-2-1. Obviously the Colts weren’t too confident with what they have in Tolzien. That’s why they made the move for former Patriots quarterback, Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett doesn’t have very much experience in the NFL, but from the small sample size we’ve seen, I think he’s a better option than Tolzien. Brissett played in 3 games for the Patriots last season, starting 2 of them. In those 3 games, Brissett completed 61.8% of his passes for 400 yards. He hasn’t thrown any touchdowns, but he hasn’t thrown any interceptions either. Brissett did some nice work on the ground also, finishing with 16 rushes for 83 yards and a rushing touchdown. Brissett ended his playing time with an 83.9 QB rating, which is far above Tolzien’s career rating of 66.4.
What sets Brissett apart from Tolzien the most, is that Brissett actually has a win under his belt. 1-1 is Brissett’s record as a starter. It’s not much to go off of, but at least it’s a win. The Patriots can win with just about anyone, but coming from that kind of culture, Brissett knows how to win.
If you’ve watched the NFL in recent years, you know the importance of having a solid backup quarterback. Look at what happened with Dak Prescott after Tony Romo went down last year. I’m not saying Brissett will ball out enough to unseat Andrew Luck as the starting quarterback, but I think he can help the Colts stay afloat while Luck is out.
By adding Brissett, the Colts got someone much more capable than Tolzien. Tolzien looks like trash. He’s not going to win any games. Brissett has what it takes to give a little confidence to the Colts. He’s played well so far, and I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t continue to do so. He’s played well this preseason, completing 66.1% of his passes for 465 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown. Brissett finished the preseason with a rating of 103.2.
Even if Brissett plays horribly, it’s a low risk move for the Colts. They gave up former 1st round pick Phillip Dorsett, who hasn’t produced much since entering the NFL. He had just 51 receptions for 753 yards and 3 touchdowns in two seasons. With backup quarterback being a much bigger need than wide receiver, that’s a very small price to pay.
I’ll also add that I think this is a good trade for the Patriots. They needed to add another receiver with the loss of Julian Edelman. Maybe playing for the Patriots will help Dorsett live up to his potential. The Patriots seem to get the best out of who they have. Even if he doesn’t, the Patriots are in good shape.
Going back to Brissett, he gives the Colts the best chance to win while Luck is out. He may not know the offense, but he still gives them the best chance. Tolzien knows the offense, but doesn’t perform well anyway. What do the Colts have to lose by starting Brissett? Absolutely nothing. I believe in Brissett, and I think the Colts should too.