Colts Reporter: Rivers Can Do Things Brissett Couldn't

Jacoby Brissett was reluctant to take shots down the field last season; Philip Rivers doesn't have that problem 

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 17, 2020 - 8:44 am
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Despite Andrew Luck retiring just weeks before the 2019 season, the Indianapolis Colts started 5-2. Unfortunately for them, they lost seven of their last nine games to finish 7-9 and miss the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.

Indianapolis believes Philip Rivers can change that.

“The biggest thing is they didn’t throw the ball down the field at all last year,” IndyStar Colts insider Joel Erickson said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Jacoby Brissett was often reluctant to pull the trigger, kind of struggled to pull the trigger at times. Rivers is going to throw the ball down the field. The Colts were lacking the explosive passing game that normally should go with the running game that was as good as theirs is. So they needed somebody who was going to push the ball down the field and get some of that explosive element back in the offense. Rivers will do that.”

Rivers, 38, played 16 seasons for the Chargers. He signed a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts in March. An eight-time Pro Bowler, Rivers threw for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions last season. His 20 picks were third-most in the NFL behind Baker Mayfield (21) and Jameis Winston (30).

“[The Colts have] got the offensive line to give him time that the Chargers never really gave him,” Erickson said. “So I think they’re counting on that Colts offensive line to help him kind of mitigate some of the issues he had last year just by giving him some more time.”

Rivers will have several weapons at his disposal, including rookie running back Jonathan Taylor, who was taken in the second round of the NFL Draft.

“Jonathan Taylor is interesting to me in this offense,” Erickson said. “He played behind an unbelievable line at Wisconsin, and you’d think it’d be hard to get another offensive line that dominant in the league – and then he gets drafted to the Colts. Marlon Mack was very good last year. They’re going to share carries. But Taylor has got that home run capability that’s really intriguing behind that Colts offensive line.”