Everyone is paying attention to franchise quarterback Andrew Luck‘s calf. No one is saying that it’s serious, but we still don’t know. If the backup had to come in, he might be able to win some games.
Jacoby Brissett was thrust into the Colts starting lineup only two games into the 2017 season, just days after being acquired in a trade from the Patriots. He didn’t know the playbook or his teammates very well, and ended up leading the Colts to only 4 wins.
Brissett was thrown into a very tough situation. But he showed he has the talent to be a lower-level starter in this league. If he was put in that situation again, how well would he do? We might find out this season if Andrew Luck’s calf doesn’t heal properly.
There’s a slight chance that Brissett could end up being needed to play regular season games. If that does happen, he should be able to win a decent amount of games. That is because first and foremost, the team around him is better than it was in 2017.
He wouldn’t take as many hits because the offensive line is better. He would have more receivers and weapons to use as well. Perhaps most important for him personally is he would know the playbook far better than he did when he first came to the organization.
That knowledge of the playbook would help him execute plays better as needed. I’m not saying that Brissett would lead this team to the Super Bowl, or even to the playoffs. But if Luck does miss a few games, Brissett would be able to hold the fort down this time.