On Monday the Indianapolis Colts officially ruled quarterback Andrew Luck out for Week 2’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. This will be the Colts home opener, so fans will not get a chance to see their franchise quarterback in their first trip to Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts fans have become accustomed to not seeing Luck on the field over the last three seasons as he has missed 11 out of his last 33 games.
Sunday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Rams was nothing short of a disaster. Current interim quarterback Scott Tolzien struggled to say the least. Tolzien was just 9 of 18 passing for 128 yards and two interceptions. Both interceptions were of the pick-six variety, and the first one was on the first drive of 2017. In the Colts second drive, head coach Chuck Pagano cost the Colts a touchdown by not challenging a catch and run by rookie running back Marlon Mack. The ball was spotted inches from the goal line and the Colts ended up settling for a field goal.
Newly acquired quarterback Jacoby Brissett was put in the game in place of Tolzien at the start of the fourth-quarter after the Colts were already trailing 37-9. Brissett responded to his opportunity with a 50-yard strike to Donte Moncrief on his first pass attempt. Brissett would then let running back Marlon Mack secure the three-yard touchdown two plays later. He would only play one more series before the game’s conclusion, but finished the day 2 of 3 passing for 51 yards.
Week 2 brings the Colts a tough matchup on their home field. Bruce Arians, head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, previously served as the Colts interim head coach while Chuck Pagano battled leukemia during the 2012 NFL season. Arians has been quoted on The Pat McAfee Show podcast saying “21 points ahead isn’t enough when Andrew Luck is on the other side.” Well, unfortunately for Colts fans, Luck will not be on the other side against the Cardinals.
Prior to Sunday, rumors and questions will be swirling around Indianapolis about who the starting quarterback for Sunday’s Week 2 matchup against Arizona will be. Clearly, the Colts have no chance to win with Scott Tolzien at the helm. That experiment was a failure. Jacoby Brissett, although a small sample size, came out and performed when the game was already over. That shows something about his competitiveness and will-to-win that Tolzien lacks. Brissett has been in a structured, win first organization with the New England Patriots, and followed the footsteps of Tom Brady. The choice seems obvious, but nothing is ever simple with Indianapolis.
Coach Chuck Pagano started each of the last three seasons at 0-2 and is now fighting not to make that a fourth consecutive season this Sunday against the Cardinals. If the Colts do not win in Week 2, Pagano could be on the hot seat already this year. The Colts best opportunity to be competitive and possibly beat the Cardinals is to start Jacoby Brissett. In three starts with New England in 2016 Brissett went 2-1 while going 34 of 55 passing for 400 yards, no passing touchdowns, and one rushing touchdown.
Colts fans are eager to see Andrew Luck get back on the field and steer the ship in the right direction, but in the meantime, they are looking for answers at the quarterback position and Brissett is the best they have. In my opinion, Brissett should be the starter Sunday afternoon. With Brissett behind center, the Colts will have more opportunities to put the ball in the end zone and ultimately a better chance to win the game.
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