Chuck Pagano Has No Timeline for Naming Starting QB

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Scott Tolzien /

Chuck Pagano said on a conference call that he doesn’t have a timeline for naming a starting quarterback for Sunday’s Week 2 matchup with the Cardinals.

Against the best wishes of nearly every Colts fan, Chuck Pagano decided to stick with Scott Tolzien as the starting quarterback for their season opener against the Rams. Tolzien‘s fourth career start did not go well as he threw 2 pick-6’s with no touchdowns and only 128 yards passing in a blowout loss.

Tolzien was eventually benched in favor of second-year quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who had only been with Indianapolis for about a week before Sunday’s game. Brissett connected on a 50-yard completion with Donte Moncrief, but only attempted 3 passes during his time in the game.

Chuck Pagano was reportedly “considering” starting Brissett in this week’s game against the Cardinals, but he revealed in a conference call with the media that he hasn’t set a timeline for naming a starter.

Tolzien and Brissett will reportedly split the reps with the first-team offense in practice this week. “We’ll get both QBs some work and see who emerges,” Pagano told Bob Kravitz of

Andrew Luck has already been ruled out for this week’s game, and he won’t be practicing this Wednesday according to Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan.

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Tolzien has proven he’s not an NFL quarterback at 30 years of age, but the 23-year-old Brissett has shown that there’s some talent to build on for the future. Brissett’s mobility also opens up some of the Colts’ playbook that they can’t run with Tolzien under center.

Brissett can’t possibly have a totally firm grasp of the Colts’ playbook with only 11 days to learn the offense, but we’ve seen enough of Tolzien to know he’s not the answer.