Jacoby Brissett not focused on revenge narrative vs. Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts will see a familiar face lined up under center in Jacoby Brissett when they visit the Miami Dolphins (1-2) at Hard Rock Stadium for a Week 4 matchup.

With starter Tua Tagovailoa on the injured reserve list due to a fractured hip, Brissett has been running the offense. After being the starter for the Colts for two seasons (2017, 2019), the team opted to sign Philip Rivers (2020) and trade for Carson Wentz (2021) rather than keep Brissett as the starter.

Even with this in mind, Brissett isn’t focus on the revenge narrative as he prepares to face his former team.

“I’m not in here for like a revenge game or anything like that,” Brissett said via South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I want to go to win.”

Brissett was acquired by the Colts via trade just before the 2017 season. At the time, there was still hope that then-starter Andrew Luck would return from shoulder surgery at some point in the season. After Luck suffered a setback, Brissett took on the starting duties for the entire season.

Brissett reverted back to the backup role when Luck returned healthy in 2018 but was once again thrust into the starting role when the latter surprisingly announced his retirement three weeks before the 2019 campaign.

The Colts went on to sign veteran Philip Rivers in free agency for the 2020 season, moving Brissett back to the backup role while being used sparingly in short-yardage situations—a role he excelled in.

Indy let Brissett walk in free agency this offseason after trading for Carson Wentz, which is when the former signed a one-year deal worth $5 million with Miami.

Brissett went through all of the emotions during his time with the Colts, but he’s simply focused on finding a way to win for his new team.

“Obviously, good, bad, sad, happy memories from there,” Brissett said. “But that’s about it. Just playing football now.”

Linebacker Darius Leonard told reporters Thursday that he spoke with Brissett for roughly 30 minutes on Wednesday night, and he’s looking forward to competing against his friend and former teammate.

“Get him down. I always say, I think of Big Ben (Ben Roethlisberger). He’s very similar to Jameis Winston when I look at him. I played against Jameis and see how strong Jameis is in the pocket. You have to make sure you wrap, wrap tight. He’s good at throwing people off,” said Leonard. “Just make sure you wrap and usually when you go up to a quarterback, you’re trying to go for the ball first. He has some huge hands, very strong hands. You can see that when he throws, and stops his throwing motion to hold onto the ball. So you have to make sure you just get him down and get off the field.”

The Colts have some advantage from watching Brissett over the last four seasons, but he doesn’t think it will be all that much of a factor in the outcome.

“I have some type of familiarity with them, going against them for four years, but they know that, as well. Obviously, they’re not just going to come out and say, ‘Jacoby, remember this from training camp your second year? And we did this.’ It’s not going to be like that. I’m sure they’re going to have their own wrinkle,” Brissett said.

As the Colts find themselves with their backs against the wall, it will be interesting to see how they come out against a quarterback they know more than any other team in the league.

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