By: Kenny Doyle
Ryan Grigson may be gone, but the Colts still have no idea what they’re doing.
Preseason is often mocked for its severe lack of importance. The starters almost never play in the 2nd half, the stat lines are virtually useless, and the wins and losses don’t count for anything, as with any other preseason in sports.
Preseason week 4 is a special kind of unimportant. The starters usually don’t play a single snap. There are 22 men on the field at once and there’s a good chance less than half of them will actually be on an NFL roster the next week. It’s a showcase of all the best benchwarmers and practice squad players the NFL has to offer.
Thursday night, Jacoby Brissett has what Ringer writer Rodger Sherman called “The Greatest Performance in Preseason History”. On a game that no one watching and on a night that didn’t matter, Jacoby Brissett shined bright passing for 4 touchdowns, rushing for another, and throwing 1 interception. An amazing stat line until you realize the best player on the opposing defense was Curtis Grant, who led the Giants in tackles with 11. After going undrafted in 2015, Grant has been to the Chargers, Falcons, Titans, Raiders, 49ers, and now the Giants (all in the span of years), never once making it on the active roster. Jacoby Brissett was playing against players that aren’t even good enough to be backups in the NFL, but don’t try telling that to the Colts. Here's their press release from today:
After watching “one of the greatest preseason performances by a quarterback in NFL history”, the Colts decided they needed Jacoby Brissett, who it sounds like they regard as the next franchise QB in the NFL. You’d think a Patriots 3rd string QB who was on the verge of being cut just a week ago would go for a late round pick, maybe a 4th if the Patriots were lucky, but the Colts said no! They needed Jacoby Brissett so badly, that the best way to do it was by trading away a receiver that they drafted in the first round just 2 years ago. Jacoby Brissett is just that valuable.
The team has refused to reveal when QB Andrew Luck will return, but he isn’t expected to be out any later than October at the moment. Finding a quarterback to fill his spot until he returned shouldn’t have been hard. The Colts could have signed Colin Kaepernick weeks ago and taught him their system all throughout the preseason to prepare him for week 1. That surely would have been a better idea than trading a WR who still has the potential to turn into a good player for a QB you have 1 week to prepare before the start of your season. And if the Colts are planning not to start Brissett and instead did all of this for a backup quarterback, that may be even more idiotic.
This trade is probably a sign that the Colts were done with Dorsett. There’s probably a good chance they were just as close to cutting him as the Patriots were to cutting Brissett last week. However, trading a wide receiver with first round talent and electrifying speed to the Patriots for a QB you’re unlikely to get more than 2 wins out of is a laughable mistake. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if Dorsett came into New England and revitalized his career. At the very least, he will be their new return man with Cyrus Jones out for the season. Ryan Grigson may be gone, but it looks like Chris Ballard isn’t that much better at this general managing stuff. It’s a shame to see Andrew Luck waste away in that disaster of an organization. Thank Indy for your newest weapon, Pats fans! Don’t be surprised if this goes down as one of Bill Belichick’s greatest trades.
Photo: (Daily Snark)