Indianapolis Colts “Phil” a major need at quarterback

Russell S. Baxter

Indianapolis Colts “Phil” a major need at quarterback

By Julie Voigt

Special to Pro Football Guru

It is safe to say that after the performance given by starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett during the 2019 season, it was time for Frank Reich’s club to look for a different solution heading into 2020.

And on Tuesday, it was announced that former Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers signed on with the Indianapolis Colts. It’s a one-year at $25 million. And that still leaves salary cap space for the Colts (via Spotrac) while the future of Brissett is very much up in the air.

Last season, the young signal-caller owned a 7-8 record as a starter. He threw for 2,942 yards and three times as many touchdown (18) as interceptions. But he completed a so-so 60.9 percent of his passes and also lost five of his seven fumbles. In his final three outings of ’19, he failed to come up with at least 200 yards through the air and also failed to throw a TD pass while he passer rating was below 70 in each contest.

Earlier in the year, Colts owner Jim Irsay stated that “all options are open” in regard to the quarterback situation. Of course, defending himself, Brissett stated that he was “just doing my job”. With the signing of Rivers (which will become official on Wednesday), it also presents a scenario where Brissett could head back to New England after news broke of quarterback Tom Brady not returning back to the Patriots.

Currently, the Colts have Brissett, Chad Kelly and Brian Hoyer behind center. Something will have to give, whether it is finding a young quarterback to be under the wings of Rivers or perhaps releasing or trading Brissett. Whatever the case may be, the Colts have recognized the need for change and will fix it immediately.

On the bright side of things, Philip Rivers will be reunited with Colts’ head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. In 2013, Rivers led the NFL by completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 4,478 yards, 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. And the veteran signal-caller will now be playing behind one of the better offensive lines in the league, which wasn’t always the case with the Bolts.

Yes, there’s less than 24 hours before the free agency frenzy becomes official. But never turn your back on Chris Ballard, who has been known to be a mastermind in his domain. And the addition of Rivers via a one-year deal is the latest example of his being one of the better general managers in the league.

Julie Voigt (@JulieNoted_PFG) is the co-founder of @pfgVIBE, is a NFL feature writer for SI Pro Football Guru and is the co-host of the pfgVIBE-CAST.

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