Brissett, the Colts’ fourth-year quarterback, has gotten his golden opportunity, one that never comes to many backups. Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement two weeks ago elevated Brissett to starter, and the Colts are putting their full faith behind him. They rewarded Brissett with a new contract this past week, tearing up the final year of his rookie deal to give him a two-year, $30 million deal, with $20 million fully guaranteed. Colts general manager Chris Ballard believes Brissett is a top-20 quarterback, and proved it by increasing his pay from $2 million to $15 million for this season. “He’s our guy. We believe in Jacoby,” Colts coach Frank Reich said this past week. “Everything we’ve seen from Day 1 about the way he handles his business, about the way he performs, he’s our guy. And we wanted to make that statement going forward.” Brissett has a lot of people around the league rooting for him, but especially so in New … [Read more...] about Tom Brady thrilled that Jacoby Brissett gets his chance to shine
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■ Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Owner Arthur Blank expected his Falcons to remain the class of the NFC after Quinn took them to the Super Bowl in the 2016 season. Instead, the Falcons took a step back in 2017, then missed the playoffs altogether in 2018, finishing 7-9. Quinn kept his job this offseason but took the unprecedented step of replacing all three of his coordinators. He now has Dirk Koetter at offensive coordinator, Ben Kotwica at special teams coordinator, and in a sign that Quinn is truly fighting for his job, he named himself defensive coordinator. If these massive changes don’t produce immediate results, Quinn’s fifth year in Atlanta may be his last. ■ Cardinals president Michael Bidwill. There’s no question that last year was a disaster for the Cardinals, who finished 3-13 and ranked last in the NFL in points and total offense. But it’s still rare for a team to dump its coach (Steve Wilks) and first-round quarterback (No. 10 … [Read more...] about Who is under the most pressure in the 2019 NFL season?