Jacoby Brissett is now “The Guy” at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. He’s been put in this situation before; he started most of the 2017 season in place of an injured Andrew Luck. But this time, he has better players around him, more experience, and a coach who has a history of being able to tailor a successful offense around a backup quarterback. Let’s take a closer look at Brissett’s situation and see if he has what it takes to take advantage and earn a large contract at the end of the season.
His Offensive Line
When analyzing the Colts offense, the obvious place to start is up front with the offensive line that was much improved a season ago. The Colts invested a lot of draft capital in 2018 to pair guard Quenton Nelson and tackle Braden Smith with veterans Mark Glowinski, Anthony Castonzo, and Ryan Kelly. In return, they received one of the best offensive line units in the NFL.
Last season, the Colts ranked fifth (30.7%) in Pressure% Allowed, first (2.6%) in Sack% Allowed, and sixth (6.5%) in Pass Blown Block%. They achieved all of this while also allowing Andrew Luck to average an Average Depth of Target (ADoT) of 7.6 yards. This means Luck was able to sit in the pocket long enough to push the ball downfield at a close to league average rate while also not being pressured.
The offensive line being able to replicate last season’s performance will be crucial to helping Brissett succeed. After all, we saw how a poor line mixed with an inexperienced quarterback derailed the Colts in 2017.