Despite being flattened week after week by huge NFL linebackers, Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett has remained optimistic.
In fact, Brissett said he relished the feeling after being tackled, when he has to get back on his feet.
“I hate getting hit regardless, but it’s part of the job,” Brissett said, via ESPN. “That’s what makes the game fun for me is getting those hits and getting back up.”
Brissett has been sacked an NFL-high 47 times and has also been hit 100 times this season, which makes Brissett’s assessment seem more painful than fun.
“I don’t know, some people think I’m weird, but it’s fun,” Brissett said. “It’s part of the game that gets overlooked at that position.”
Colts coach Chuck Pagano heaped praises on Brissett for dealing with the physicality of the game so well, saying that it was just as much of a mind game.
“I think he’s wired the right way and he’s a mentally tough kid,” Pagano said. “He doesn’t let that stuff affect him. Physically, it’ll take its toll. Eventually, they add up. He’s tough as nails. You don’t want your quarterback to get hit, period.”
Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski admitted Brissett’s sack record is a combination of him not getting rid of the ball quick enough and holes in the offensive line that make Brissett an easy sack target.
“It’s a tough position to play, and until those guys go through it and understand what it takes week in and week out to prepare and be ready, and from a physical standpoint being able to recover, and being ready for the next game from a mental-toughness standpoint, it’s something you don’t know until you go through it,” Chudzinski said.
“Jacoby is as mentally tough as you’ll find. Those types of guys, they’re going to grow and they’re going to get better from experience they have.”
Brissett was acquired from the Patriots on Sept. 2 to take over for Andrew Luck, who has yet to play in a game this season due to ongoing complications from a shoulder surgery he had during the offseason.
The 3-9 Colts will have another chance to protect Brissett from getting sacked Sunday, when the team faces the Bills at 1 p.m. ET.