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Jacoby Brissett, Ryan Tannehill and an unexpected Week 13 storyline

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The play really doesn’t look like much at first glance.

It’s third-and-four on the first series of the game, and Jacoby Brissett is in the shotgun with Colts tailback Jonathan Williams set to his right. At the snap, he sees Texans linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole fall off, separating almost 10 yards from the line of scrimmage into zone coverage. Brissett pivots right, sees Williams and dumps the ball off to him, where the back has the space to pick up the first down without interruption.

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Like I said, the play isn’t significant. But according to Indianapolis offensive coordinator Nick Sirriani, it’s significant in the fact that Brissett isn’t the same player he saw on tape in 2017, ahead of Sirriani’s first season on the Colts’ staff. Brissett didn’t play much during the 2018 season, with Andrew Luck in the saddle as the team’s starter, but it’s clear he learned something.

“The one thing I always saw with Jacoby in ’17, I thought that he could find his checkdown better and go through his reads, know when to turn something down, and find where his checkdown is,” Sirriani said Tuesday afternoon. “Marcus Brady, his quarterback coach, has done a great job of drilling that into him. It looks so natural for him now to say, ‘Uh, no, that doesn’t look the way it’s supposed to look’ or ‘here comes pressure, where’s my back’ and find him.

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