A connection between the Indianapolis Colts and Philip Rivers has been well-recorded over the last few weeks and things are only heating up with the entire NFL community spending the week in Indianapolis.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that he’s hearing more and more buzz from NFL personnel that the majority of the league believes Rivers will end up wearing blue and white in 2020, especially after Colts GM Chris Ballard publicly said in January that “the jury’s still out” on 2019 starter Jacoby Brissett.
On Tuesday, Ballard repeated some of his earlier feelings about Brissett but seemed a little more defensive this time around about his young signal-caller.
“This thing has taken a life of its own. We did a two-year deal with Jacoby to find out, kind of — we like Jacoby Brissett.”
Ballard went on to say he “loves what (Brissett) stands for” and “it was a tale of two seasons”, referring to the team being 5-2 start before Brissett sustained an injury that he feels played a role in the team’s late-season slide.
The Colts also dealt with a number of other injuries, including to top wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess.
Like I wrote about earlier this month, I believe the Colts are the closest thing to a perfectly-built team for Rivers at this stage of his career. He is almost immobile in the pocket, which means the Colts must be able to protect him without any help in return from the veteran. Luckily for them, they’ve got one of the best offensive lines in football with a great run game to take some pressure off of Rivers. The Chargers were consistently behind the chains in 2019 due to their insistence on running the football on early downs and gaining little to no yardage the majority of the time.
While Rivers is only a season removed from one of the best campaigns of his career, the last two years showed how important a healthy offensive line is to his success and that’s exactly why the Colts would be wise to jump at the chance to sign the former Charger.