INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich held a news conference on Monday about the team moving forward without Andrew Luck.
"Andrew did the right thing. He did the right thing for himself and the right thing for the team. He did the courageous thing and the honorable thing," Reich said.
Reich was sharing details of the Monday morning team meeting, which is something the coaches and players usually do not share information about.
Reich focused on the team they have in front of them.
"This team is just getting started and this locker room is special. We believe that our players will rise to the occasion," Reich said.
Luck announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night following new reports that came out during the preseason game against the Bears.
"On one hand we can respect the teammate that Andrew was, while at the same time we can share excitement about the team that we are," Reich said.
Now starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett said it was hard hearing that Luck would be retiring.
"As a friend you want him to be happy, you want him to be at peace, you want him to do what he wants to do, and I respect it," Brissett said. "I wish he did it his way as far as everything else behind the scenes. But I know that he is at peace."
Brissett said the two have become friends over the years and that friendship will continue.
In terms of what Brissett will focus on going forward he responded, "being Jacoby Brissett."
The Colts will play the Bengals in their final preseason game this Thursday.