The Indianapolis Colts went from contenders to pretenders the moment Andrew Luck retired just before the start of the 2019 season. Even with Jacoby Brissett playing fairly well, the Colts were not a Super Bowl contender from that point forward. Looking ahead to 2020, one analyst believes that the Colts QB situation will be resolved a little more decisively than it was last year.
On Wednesday, ESPN analyst Bill Barnwell released his predictions for the AFC South in the 2020 season. When it came to the Colts’ QB situation, Barnwell predicted that the team will try and upgrade from Brissett.
Barnwell explained that Brissett was not as good as the team needed him to be. However, Brissett’s contract will make him rather difficult to move.
Ultimately, he feels that their first option at QB should be now-former Chargers QB Philip Rivers. Barnwell pointed to the pre-existing relationship between Rivers and Colts head coach Frank Reich. The two worked together in San Diego for three years.
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).
Indianapolis was left in a precarious position when Luck retired just days before Week 1. Though they publicly committed to Brissett and paid him like a starter, his play with a lineup that most agreed was Super Bowl-ready didn’t justify it.
The Colts went 7-9 this past season with Brissett starting 15 games and Brian Hoyer starting another.
But if the Colts can get their QB situation resolved decisively, they could be a Super Bowl sleeper in 2020.