Colts Replacing Andrew Luck With Colin Kaepernick, Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden or Brock Osweiler
Are the Colts replacing Andrew Luck with Colin Kaepernick, Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden or Brock Osweiler?
Luck, 29, stunned the NFL last weekend when he announced his retirement from the sport.
Once everyone got over the genuine shock of someone so young and so talented calling it quits early in his career, the next big question that emerged from the situation was: who will Indianapolis replace him with?
Obviously Jacoby Brissett is getting the nod to start in Luck’s absence, but it remains to be seen how long that will last.
As soon as Luck’s retirement was announced, Las Vegas dropped the Colts’ projected win total from 9 games to 6 games – so clearly oddsmakers do not have a ton of faith in Brissett’s future.
It is not difficult to see why this is the case.
Without Luck, the Colts are 4-11 when Brissett lines up as their quarterback. For his career, he has averaged 6.6 yards per passing attempt.
In that time, the average in the NFL per passing attempt is 7.2 yards.
Over the course of his lone full season as a starter, Brissett averaged 200 yards per game on a completion percentage of 59.1 percent.
Needless to say, it is very likely that Brissett is not the permanent solution at quarterback for Indianapolis.
So if not him, then who?
Well, according to Ian Rapoport, the answer is Cassell, Weeden or Osweiler.
This past week, as the #Colts look at options for their backup QB job, they visited with and worked out FA QBs Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden, and Brock Osweiler, I’m told. No decision yet on who they are signing, or if they’ll wait until roster cuts come from the other 31.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2019
Cassell has been practically nonexistent in the NFL over the past three years. Since 2015, he has thrown a grand total 93 passes. In his last two stints, he has totaled up one start.
Weeden is turning 36 this year and has not thrown an NFL pass since 2015. For his career, he is 6-19.
In seven games with the Miami Dolphins last year, Osweiler completed 63.5 percent of his passes and racked up six touchdowns. He also threw for four interceptions in that span. Sadly, he appears to be the best option of the three.
Frankly, based on the other choices being considered, it is hard not to make a case for Kaepernick at least getting a look with the Colts.
Obviously it won’t happen due to the inevitable media controversies that would follow, but it is really difficult to make the case that Cassel or Weeden deserve a job in the NFL more than Kaepernick does.