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‘The right player’: Reich talks hire of new QB Rivers

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts interviews during the first day of the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Head Coach Frank Reich spoke Tuesday about the moves the Colts have made so far this offseason. Of course, the main focus was about his new quarterback.

“This was a crazy, unique opportunity. Philip (Rivers), who I believe is a future Hall of Fame quarterback,” Reich said.

As the Colts organization navigated an unprecedented quarterback free agency market, it was clear that 38-year-old Philip Rivers was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up.

“I was so confident that physically he was the right player and that he had not lost anything. All of the throws I saw on film and as I go back and studied him compared to previous throws, I really didn’t notice any physical gifts diminishing at all. I really didn’t,” Reich added, “So, then from a locker-room guy, you know how we talk about the juice in this place. This guy brings juice. I think he’s the right fit for our community. He’s not just coming to be on this team, he’s coming to be in this community. His children – his nine children – can’t wait to move to this community.”

So, the shuffling at under center pushes Jacoby Brissett back to the back-up. Reich was actually the one who called to deliver the news to his former starter.

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He said Brissett wasn’t happy, but will play his role, which according to Reich, could actually still include some time on the field this season.

“Well, Jacoby is still on the roster, so there is nothing saying that Jacoby still couldn’t play some. There were a couple situational football areas that we were really good at. A big part of the reason was because of Jacoby,” he said.

Reich added, “Nick (Sirianni) and I have already been talking about this – about what does it look like if Jacoby plays five plays a game, seven plays a game? Whatever we have to do to win.”

This off-season has been unlike any other for Reich, but the thing that’s bringing peace of mind to the Colts offensive staff, is the history they have with Rivers.

“It’s a huge help. He knows 80 or 85 percent of the offense, maybe more,” Reich added, “When I tell you he is elite intellectually, he’s just at the top. There’s a rare group of guys in the football world who I would put in that category. Not everybody gets those gifts. He has them and so that’ll be to his advantage and to our advantage.”