The Indianapolis Colts were dealt a major blow with the retirement of Andrew Luck just weeks before the start of the season. However, GM Chris Ballard believes they will be just fine since they have a strong team, one that will now be led by Jacoby Brissett.

Ballard was particularly high on the new starting quarterback’s innate leadership qualities and the love and respect he already has within the Colts’ locker room.

“We’ve got a good football team. This is a good football team. We’re young, good on both fronts, (we have) some good young skill players and a good young quarterback in Jacoby Brissett,” general manager Chris Ballard told reporters Saturday evening per the team’s official website.

“We’re not gonna ask Jacoby Brissett to be Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck was a unique, unique player, but Jacoby Brissett is a winning football player in this league. Jacoby Brissett is a rare, rare leader. He is. He’s a rare human being, man. That locker room loves Jacoby Brissett. They love him.”

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Brissett made 17 starts in his first three years in the league, 15 coming with the Colts in the 2017 season in place of Luck. He went 4-11 in those games, completing close to 59 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

It will no doubt be a tough task for Brissett to fill Luck’s considerable shoes. But as the old saying goes, it’s “next man up.”

Ballard and the team appear to have every confidence in Brissett’s ability to step up, though, so he shouldn’t be under too much pressure to perform just to keep hold of his job. Instead, he will likely be provided with the opportunity to display his “rare” leadership skills this upcoming season.