Colts head coach Chuck Pagano gives brief remarks about his team’s upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals, while avoiding questions about who would start for the Colts at quarterback, Indianapolis, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.
INDIANAPOLIS – And just like that, it’s over. The Scott Tolzien era lasted all of three quarters.
The Indianapolis Colts, desperate as they are, victims of a bed they themselves have made, are making a change at quarterback one game into the 2017 season, swapping out incumbent Tolzien for new arrival Jacoby Brissett, who’ll start Sunday’s home opener against the Arizona Cardinals after practicing with the team just seven times.
Make no mistake: This is more about the Colts — and about Tolzien — than it is about Brissett, the former New England Patriot the Colts acquired in a trade Sept. 2. Indianapolis made the calculated decision, throughout the spring and summer, to stick with Tolzien while franchise QB Andrew Luck continued his lengthy rehab from offseason shoulder surgery. They defended it, and defended it and defended it some more, even as Tolzien slogged through an erratic and unimpressive preseason.
“Scotty didn’t play bad,” coach Chuck Pagano said over and over.
Then Scotty did play bad. Scotty played awful.
And 46-9 happened.
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