Any list that has Brissett is a bad list. Also why even go past the total number of teams and rank backups who you rarely see against starters? And on top of that it's bad enough that it's Simms writing this stuff.
Of all the media outlets I feel like NBC has the worst analysts and general football knowledge. And Simms is a big part of that.
For the Colts there are two things in play this year...
First, how well can Rivers perform with all the pieces around him. He's got an above average group across the board. I would think pretty well is the answer but age is undefeated and he's got other competing interests now. Even if he performs well and we see a deep playoff run what then? He is obviously a short term answer.
Second, does Eason have the right stuff to be considered as the QB of the future. Honestly the team doesn't know the answer to this right now. They took a shot on a guy they liked, now will get a full year look at him to see how hard he works, how he leads, and whether he can process quickly enough.
Those two things need to be answered this year and the good thing here is with Reich and his offensive coaches I would think they will evaluate them well.
I think you're correct re: Kelly. Nowadays you have to look past the coachspeak there are just very few head coaches who will tell it straight even when their moves tell a different story. Kelly has throttled back on the partying but he's probably not a starting talent in this league. Question with him is can he be the backup and in that respect I think Reich will give him every opportunity. But Brissett is more talented, so chances are he'll be the backup.
You see this coachspeak stuff around the league it's nuts honestly. Take any big offseason move and then listen to the press conference and the two just don't align. Saints' Payton talking up Bridgewater like he's a quality starting QB but doesn't try to keep him or trade him and lets him leave in FA. Rams' McVay talking up Gurley like he was such a great guy but hey we're gonna pay him truckloads of money to play somewhere else. Belichick talking up Tom Brady even though clearly the divorce was set and folks knew it was coming for months. On and on it's all the same nonsense really.
I just disregard what coaches say nowadays. Let your eyes and common sense/knowledge of the game be your guide IMO.