Jacoby Brissett is now the starting quarterback for the Colts. What are his chances of his remaining the starter after this season?
Jacoby Brissett is the starter for the Colts for this season. That much is clear. He will have all the opportunity in the world to be the starter for years to come. But he will be a free agent at the end of the year. What are his chances of remaining the starter after this season?
As of right now, they’re about 50/50. Brissett showed enough in 2017 for the Colts to be comfortable with him taking over right now. But he didn’t show the elite play that Luck did, and doesn’t quite show the potential like Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, or Trevor Lawrence do.
The problem is, the rest of the team isn’t bad enough to be in a position to draft Tua or Herbert this season. They will likely both be top 10 picks in the 2020 draft. The Colts won’t likely be that bad. That means that the 2021 draft is more likely in play.
Brissett becomes a free agent after this season. So if he doesn’t play well this year, the Colts could let him go and then sign someone bad to play in 2020. They could be bad enough to be in the discussion for a top pick in the 2021 draft, and possibly get Lawrence.
That doesn’t mean Brissett isn’t good enough to keep this starting job. He showed flashes of his big arm in 2017, and should be better this season with a better team around him. The question is, can he be elite? This team needs an elite quarterback to lead it. I’m not sure he can play to that level.
The Colts’ hopes this season rest on Brissett’s arm. If he can elevate his play, he could be the team’s next franchise passer for years to come.