But as owner Jim Irsay would tell it, the young QB is trending upward.
"I think that Jacoby is on the rise and you got to give him time to develop," Irsay told reporters at a Sunday news conference with local media. "People forget that Peyton [Manning], one of the greatest ever -- in my opinion the greatest -- 3-13 in '98, 2001 6-10. All of a sudden Jacoby goes 7-9, it's like the world's falling apart. We had a lot of injuries, special teams wasn't outstanding, and the combination of those things and Jacoby being a starter for the first time, that's a lot to overcome. 7-9 isn't bad."
It also wasn't good for a team that won 10 games and advanced to the Divisional Round the year prior. Of course, that was with a healthy Andrew Luck, who would shockingly retire just a few weeks before the 2019 season. Irsay noted GM Chris Ballard and coach Frank Reich recently had dinner with the former franchise QB. The longtime owner intimated he's left the door open for a reunion but has gotten no indication that Luck plans to play football again. Indy is thus operating under the assumption he won't.
With Brissett under contract for just one more season, Irsay reiterated that the club's plan at QB is fluid. It's probably worth noting the Colts hold the No. 13 pick in the first round.
"All options are open and on the table," he said. "I've never quite been in a year where this was so unusual. ... Chris and Frank and I have really talked about this and, man, we're really open-minded. There's a lot of ways this thing could turn. But right now Jacoby is the starter."
"We were going to take Russell Wilson the year we took Andrew, in the fourth, but he was gone in the third," Irsay said.
"I think there's a strong likelihood that he will come back," Irsay said.