Colts GM Chris Ballard On QB Jacoby Brissett: “He Is Our Starter”

On the other side of the coin, Ballard made it clear that the Colts' passing game was not good enough.

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The Colts are still committed to finding out whether Jacoby Brissett can be a long-term starter in the NFL, but that has not been determined yet, Colts general manager Chris Ballard said in his postseason wrap-up on Tuesday. 

For the moment, Brissett is the Colts’ starting quarterback, but Ballard would not say definitively that he would be the starting quarterback next season, saying that at this time last year, he thought Andrew Luck would be the starter. 

Brissett signed a two-year, $30 million deal with the Colts after Luck’s retirement, a deal Ballard said was structured and set up in a way to evaluate him as the starter. 

Chris Ballard
Chris Ballard

“The jury’s still out,” Ballard said. “That’s why we did the short-term deal with Jacoby, to have the security of a player we liked and to find out if he can be the guy.” 

Brissett struggled in the second half of the season, but Ballard said that he doesn’t want to forget the way Brissett played in a 5-2 start. 

Jacoby Brissett
Jacoby Brissett

“Jacoby did some good things, and I don’t just want to look at the second half of the season and forget those things,” Ballard said. 

“The passing game has to get better, unequivocally,” Ballard said.

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