Omar Kelly: Jacoby Brissett more than capable of keeping Dolphins afloat in Tua's absence

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When Luck returned in 2018, Brissett served as his backup, and that was on the horizon for him in 2019 before Luck abruptly retired weeks before the season started. Pleased with what the team had seen from training camp and the preseason, the Colts turned to Brissett to be their starter — signing him to a two-year, $30 million contracts, with $20 million guaranteed.

He led the Colts to a 7-8 record that season, one in which the Colts were decimated by injuries.

The next year Frank Reich had a chance to reunite with Philip Rivers, who he coached with the Chargers, and he took it. Rivers, a Hall of Fame caliber quarterback, led the Colts to the playoffs while Brissett served as his backup.

As a free agent this past offseason, Brissett, who acts as his own agent, signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Dolphins, that has a base salary of $7.5 million, to be Tagovailoa’s backup and mentor.

While he wasn’t given the opportunity to compete with Tagovailoa during OTAs and training camp — having never worked with the first-team offense — he made it a habit of helping the second-team offense excel, no matter what personnel he was working with or who was protecting him on the offensive line.


The hope is he’ll have the same impact on Miami’s struggling first-team offense while Tagovailoa is sidelined.

Brissett has made it clear that he doesn’t view himself as a backup.

“That’s been my mentality since I got in the league,” said Brissett, who has thrown for 6,628 yards with 31 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during his career. “I’ve been in situations where I honestly didn’t know when my chances and my opportunity was going to come. So I just wanted to make sure when I went out there I put my best foot forward and just stick with that mindset. It’s put me in good situations.”

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