Before the 2019 NFL season began, the Indianapolis Colt’s were considered Super Bowl contenders.
Then, Andrew Luck announced his retirement and everything changed.
The Colt’s had some good moments last season, but even when quarterback Jacoby Brissett was playing fairly well, the Colt’s were not considered a Super Bowl contender.
With the upcoming 2020 NFL season, one ESPN analyst thinks the Colts QB situation will be resolved this offseason.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell gave his predictions for the 2020 season with his thinking that the Colt’s would make an upgrade from Brissett.
Barnwell feels that the Colt’s first option should be signing free agent long-time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
He referenced the relationship between Rivers and Colt’s head coach Frank Reich, whom Rivers worked with in San Diego for 3 seasons.
While Brissett was better in his second season as a starter, the only thing the former Patriots draft pick did well was avoid turnovers…
The Colts gave Brissett a two-year, $30 million deal in September after Andrew Luck retired. A $7 million roster bonus is already guaranteed, so the team would save only $6 million in cash and $8.9 million on its cap if it cut the 27-year-old. He will likely stick around as one of the league’s most expensive backups while Indianapolis pursues an upgrade in free agency.
The first option that comes to mind is Philip Rivers, who played under Colts coach Frank Reich when the two were in San Diego together (2013-15).
Rivers, who just moved his family to Florida, might not want to spend a season in Indianapolis, but this would be a good fit for him in terms of familiarity and roster talent.
Although the Colt’s have publicly committed to Brissett, his play during the 2019 season was inconsistent.
However, many players on the roster still have confidence in Brissett.
“Jacoby Brissett can help us win. He showed that early last year. We always say, ‘If the other team doesn’t score they can’t win.’ So I put the pressure on me instead of Jacoby.” — @dsleon45 pic.twitter.com/tDNGZQzhAM
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) February 18, 2020
The Colts finished the year at 7-9 and have to be evaluating all positions on the roster.
But, most would agree that if the Colt’s get the quarterback situation right in 2020, they would once again be in the conversation as super bowl contenders.