The quarterback has had a rough last month or so. Because of that, he now is fighting for his future as the starting quarterback of the Colts.
It has been a whirlwind last few months for Jacoby Brissett. He entered this season as the backup quarterback, and then was thrust into the starting lineup once Andrew Luck retired. He was now expected to be the franchise quarterback of the future.
The Colts showed faith in him early, signing him to a two-year extension. That was more of a gesture to not make him feel like a lame-duck. He is a free agent at the end of the season. The contract was given to him to give him confidence that he can lead this team.
The problem is, he hasn’t necessarily shown that he can do that consistently. Brissett has had some really good moments this season, none better than a 326 yard 4 touchdown performance at home against the Texans. But he’s had a lot of bad moments too.
In the last few games, he has struggled mightily. He has five games this season with under 200 yards passing this season. Three of those have come in the last five games. He seems hesitant to throw the ball down the field. That has been a non-existent part of the Colts offense this year.
Because of his apprehension throwing the ball down the field, the defense has been able to clog the box and stop the Colts’ running game. That running game has been their only reliable way to move the ball. That’s the big reason Brissett is playing for his job.
If Brissett doesn’t finish the season strong, there is a good chance that the Colts draft a quarterback in the 2020 draft to be the franchise guy. Not exactly a position that they wanted to be in this season. But this is where they are at, and they have to make hard decisions.
The last few games of the season will be critical in the future of Brissett’s career. It will be interesting to see how he performs.