Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 28, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the Andrew Luck retirement story covered from very angle possible, so I don’t want to beat you over the head with anything like that. I was surprised to hear about his retirement, but I don’t think he’s done playing professional football. Now you noticed that I said professional football not the NFL. I have a feeling that when Luck is healthy and he feels he’s ready to play that he’ll sign with an XFL team. Don’t forget that his father Oliver is the Commissioner and CEO of the XFL.

That’s all I’m going to go into on Luck’s retirement, but I did want to take some time at look at the other side of this or should I say who’ll be replacing him.

Jacoby Brissett will take over as the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. Brissett was a 3rd round draft pick of the New England Patriots. He played in 3 games as a rookie in New England starting 2 of them. Brissett went 1-1 in his two starts that season. Indianapolis acquired Brissett from New England for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett about a week before the start of the 2017 season.

Don’t forget that Luck ended up missing the entire 2017 season with an injury. Scott Tolzien actually started Week 1 for the Colts, but didn’t make it through the entire game. After coming in as the relief quarterback in Week 1 Brissett went on to start the final 15 games of the season. Brissett went 4-11 as the starting quarterback as the Colts finished the season 4-12.

For a second year quarterback being thrown in with a team that he was traded to just a week before the regular season started Brissett had solid numbers. He threw for 3098 yards and had more touchdowns 13 to interceptions 7. On the downside Brissett definitely needed to learn how to get rid of the football as he was sacked a league high 52 times. It’s a little surprising to see that sack total that high since Brissett is a mobile quarterback. Brissett averaged 4.1yards per rush and scored 4 rushing touchdowns in 2017.

With Luck back and healthy last season Brissett only appeared in 4 games last season throwing just 4 passes. Hopefully it was a chance for Brissett to learn behind Luck since he’ll be taking over as starting quarterback.

Now humorously there have been quite a few I guess you’d call them fantasy football experts really rushing Brissett from the 2017 season. I’m interested to know how these experts don’t seem to realize that this is an entirely new offensive system than the one he ran in 2017.

In 2017 when Brissett started 15 games and played in all 16 gams the head coach was Chuck Pagano and the offensive coordinator was Rob Chudzinski. After going 4-12 in 2017 Pagano was replaced by Frank Reich and he brought in Nick Sirianni as his offensive coordinator. So I found it interested that these experts where down on Brissett even though he’ll be running a different offensive system.

Now I’m not going to come out and say that Brissett is a better quarterback than Luck was because I don’t think he is and I’m not sure anybody does, but there’s no reason he can’t put up solid numbers in Reich’s offensive system. Luck threw for 4593 yards and 39 touchdowns in this system last season. It will be interesting to see how close to those numbers Brissett can get. The key will be keeping the sack numbers down. Luck was sacked 18 times last season and Brissett will have to be able use his running ability to make sure that number doesn’t go any higher.

I think there’s a chance that Brissett could end up being a Top 15 fantasy quarterback when things are all said and done; so he could be a nice find late in your fantasy drafts.

It looks like Jadeveon Clowney’s as a Houston Texan are numbered. The Texans applied the franchise tag to Clowney, but he has yet to sign the tag. Of course any time a player is franchised tagged there are trade rumors that go along with it, but now Clowney has said he wants out of Houston.

There where reports that Clowney was planning on reporting to the Texans after the 3rd pre-season game, but now that these trade rumors are so strong that now it’s unclear if or when Clowney will report to the Texans.

The Miami Dolphins seem to be the top team in pursuit of Clowney. Brian Flores the Dolphins new head coach recently met with Clowney which kind of made the reports of the Dolphins being the front runner to land Clowney.

What would a deal for Clowney look like? With the Texans just losing #1 running back Lamar Miller for the season after tearing his ACL it’s possible that they’d have some interest in either Kenyan Drake or Kalen Ballage as part of a Clowney deal. You’d have to think there would be some draft picks included in any deal and there have been reports that the Texans have interest in Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, but the Dolphins have said that Tunsil won’t be included in any deal that’s made for Clowney.

Acquiring Clowney would be an interesting move for the Dolphins. I think most everyone thought that the Dolphins where going to be trying to rebuild. Would adding someone like Clowney be the best move for a team that might be rebuilding especially since they’d have to give up at least one high draft pick to get him.

While the Dolphins have actually met with Clowney there are reports that Clowney himself has said that he’d like to be traded to either the Philadelphia Eagles or the Seattle Seahawks.

Now neither the Eagles or the Seahawks have expressed any interest in acquiring Clowney, but maybe now that he’s expressed interest in playing for one of those two teams maybe will hear something from them.

Do you have a preferred destination for Clowney? Do you see him being traded to the Dolphins? the Eagles? or the Seahawks? Or do you think he’ll end up somewhere else.

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