Part of that has to do with the fact that Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett were under center, but the Rams' defense wouldn't budge for most of the game.
The agent for Andrew Luck on Wednesday said the quarterback is committed to the Indianapolis Colts and that there is "no truth" that he wants out of his long-term deal with the team. He was traded in the preseason to the Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. For his part, Brissett went 2 of 3 for 51 yards while guiding the Colts to their only touchdown drive of the game.
The Colts encountered a 10-0 deficit early in the first quarter after the Rams converted a field goal and returned an interception for a touchdown.
Brissett was a third-round pick previous year by the New England Patriots. Whoever starts at quarterback will host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.
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The problem with starting Brissett is how short of a time he's been with the team. They have to utilize short passing plays to keep the Cardinals defense honest and then once the defense comes up to the line use play-action passes for bigger yardage plays.
Tolzien has played in 10 National Football League games in his career.
Pagano must start Brissett if they hope to keep the Colts within striking distance of an AFC South title by the time Luck returns.
Brissett can't possibly have a totally firm grasp of the Colts' playbook with only 11 days to learn the offense, but we've seen enough of Tolzien to know he's not the answer.