Down four points on the Eagles 46 with five seconds left, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich sent back-up quarterback Jacoby Brissett into the game to throw a Hail Mary. He did it because Brissett has a stronger arm than Andrew Luck.
It’s that simple.
Hail Marys are best delivered to the back of the end zone. If thrown from the Eagles 40-45 to the end line, the football needed to travel 65-70 yards. Brissett is capable of throwing the ball that far. Luck is not.
Immediately after the game, there was a flurry of tweets questioning the move – as though the intent wasn’t obvious and the rationale sound. Brissett can throw it 70 yards. Luck cannot. (more…)