The Scott Tolzien experiment is over. According to Ian Rapapport of NFL Network, the Indianapolis Colts are going with Jacoby Brissett on Sunday vs. the Cardinals as opposed to Scott Tolzien.
Tolzien, coming off of a woeful start against the L.A. Rams in week 1, will be replaced by newcomer Jacoby Brissett who the Colts traded for before the final cutdowns nearly 2 weeks ago from the Patriots.
Last Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts struggled all game long to move the ball on offense, and Tolzien completing only 50% of his passes for 128 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.
With the Patriots, Jacoby Brissett led them to a 1-1 record, completing 61% of his passes, 0 td’s or interceptions, and throwing for over 400 yards. More impressively, in the preseason finale for the Patriots, Brissett threw 4 touchdowns, showing his arm strength and accuracy, and he even ran for another score. Brissett made nearly no mistakes, and Chris Ballard saw an opportunity to upgrade the Colts current qb situation.
A note to perhaps keep an eye on would be that head coach Chuck Pagano has continued to back Scott Tolzien, showing him his full support. So while it may be Pagano’s call to go with Brissett, it certainly opens my eyes as perhaps this is a call coming from the front office, and maybe Chuck Pagano is losing some of his control over the roster while the team continues to slip.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Colts are going to have to dial back the play calling in order to accommodate to the new quarterback who is by all accounts, still learning the playbook. However, this is a step in the right direction because Brissett can do many things that Tolzien simply cannot. He can stretch the field with his arm strength, and can move around behind a line that is shaky at best.
Sunday certainly just got much more interesting with the Colts sudden qb change, however, the Colts and Jacoby Brissett are still up against a tall task playing against a more than capable Cardinals team with an excellent defense.