Colts’ Darius Leonard not happy with Jacoby Brissett’s critics
The Indianapolis Colts are seemingly in the market for another starting quarterback this offseason. It appears their search does not sit well with linebacker Darius Leonard, who had a strong message about Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett is coming off an underwhelming 2019 NFL season with the Colts. Leonard said during an appearance on Rapsheet + Friends podcast the efforts of quarterback Jacoby Brissett have been downplayed:
“I believe in Jacoby. And Jacoby is a pretty good quarterback and showed that early in the season when he had everyone healthy,” Leonard said. “You can look at any quarterback, and if your receivers go down, of course, your numbers are going to go down. . . . a lot of people don’t give [Brissett] enough credit to what type of quarterback he really is, they just see the numbers he put up at the end of the season, but they don’t see the numbers he did with the receivers he did. I don’t feel like the NFL, and people outside the NFL, give him enough respect.”
It is certainly encouraging to see Leonard coming to bat for his teammate. More importantly, there is plenty of truth to his comments regarding Brissett’s play, especially when comparing to a similar situation with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The Colts had a bomb dropped on them when quarterback Andrew Luck announced his sudden retirement. As a result, Brissett was thrust in as a contingency plan and did a stellar job of leading for the first half of the year. Unfortunately, injuries began to take their toll on him and the rest of the offense and they eventually faltered down the stretch.
Although Brissett will continue to deal with rumors about Indianapolis looking for a replacement under center, he can take solace in the fact that he still has support from teammates like Leonard.