The Colts were disappointed to lose in overtime and fall to 0-2 on Sunday, but head coach Chuck Pagano liked what he saw in his young quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett showed that the stage wasn’t too big for him in his third career start. He executed the offense very well for a player that only had two weeks in the system.
He finished the day with a 54.1% completion percentage gaining 5.8 yards per attempt with 0 touchdowns and a costly interception in overtime. The numbers don’t look great, but it was a vast upgrade over Scott Tolzien’s performance in Week 1.
Pagano mentioned in his postgame press conference that Brissett had “great poise” and made “great decisions”. He also praised his toughness and his ability to extend plays.
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Brissett’s ability to run the zone read also opens up the running game a bit, but the Colts still only averaged 2.6 yards per carry in support of their young quarterback.
Considering the circumstances, Colts fans should be encouraged with Brissett’s first start in Indianapolis. However, there will be plenty of things for him to work on going forward.
Andrew Luck‘s status is still totally unknown, and it’s entirely possible that Brissett will be the starter for the rest of the regular season. With Scott Tolzien now completely relegated back to the bench, Brissett can get all the first-team reps in practice and some valuable game experience going forward.