Jacoby Brissett at first was shocked but then prepared for the news that took the NFL by storm.
The Colts’ starting quarterback was thrust into his new role after Andrew Luck announced his retirement over the weekend.
“I was shocked,” Brissett said during his press conference Monday. “Y’all wouldn’t be here if you weren’t shocked either.”
Brissett did get a 24-hour notice of Luck’s decision when the two spoke Friday, a day before the news leaked.
“He was, like, smiling at the end,” Brissett said. “That’s what helped me gain clarity and an understanding of the situation, seeing him smile. I wish him the best.
“As a friend, you want him to be happy. You want him to be at peace.”
However, Brissett did share that he was disappointed when Colts fans booed Luck off the field Saturday.
“(It) sucked as a teammate, to see that and feel the reaction he got from the fans for him,” he said. “That hurt more than anything. It sucked. Especially a guy like that, who has done as much as he has done, and what he’s been through, even before I got here.”
Brissett, who entered the league as a third-round pick of the Patriots in the 2016 draft, landed in Indianapolis via a trade in September 2017. He gave the Colts another option under center with Luck’s status still up in the air as he recovered from shoulder surgery.
Now, Brissett will be QB1.
“We are in good hands with Jacoby Brissett as our starting quarterback,” Colts coach Frank Reich said, via The Athletic.
Frank Reich: “We are in good hands with Jacoby Brissett as our starting quarterback.”
Brissett took 1,200 first-team reps dating back to the spring. As far as backup QBs go, he’s as ready as any. We’ll find out if he’s what Reich believes — a top-20 quarterback in this league.
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 26, 2019
Brissett completed only 58.8 percent of his passes in 2017. By comparison, Luck’s percentage was under 60 only twice in his six seasons.
Brissett resumed starting quarterback duties at Monday’s practice.
“It’s always prepare like you’re the starter from Day 1 with me,” Brissett said. “It was more so the shock he won’t be here.”
The Colts finish the preseason in Cincinnati on Thursday and then open Week 1 against the Chargers on Sept. 8.