Though the Colts remain in the playoff race with a 3-3-1 record, Ryan has struggled mightily in year one of his post-Atlanta Falcons career. The 37-year-old has taken 24 sacks, and he leads the league in interceptions thrown (nine) and fumbles (11).
And so, the Colts are putting their faith in the hands of Ehlinger, a 2021 sixth-round pick (218th overall) out of Texas. Ehlinger had a strong showing in preseason but has yet to attempt a pass in a regular season game.
While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Ryan admitted he was disappointed but handled the entire situation like a true professional. Here’s what the 2016 league MVP said on the matter, via Michael Marot:
“I’m disappointed personally, but I’m here for the team. As a player, you just always anticipate it’s next week, getting ready and you’re going to go and there is a little bit of that surprise and shock at the decision. That’s a decision they had to make and as a player and teammate you have to move forward and help out wherever you can.”
The Colts have used four different Week 1 starting quarterbacks since Andrew Luck’s stunning retirement three years ago: Jacoby Brissett in 2019, Philip Rivers in 2020, Carson Wentz in 2021 and Ryan here in 2022.
Rivers was the best of the bunch, leading the Colts to 11 wins and a wild card berth. However, he decided to retire after the season, and the Colts took a chance on Wentz following a miserable 2020 year in Philadelphia.
But Wentz struggled over the final stretch of the season, and the Colts lost a must-win Week 18 game against the NFL’s worst team in the Jacksonville Jaguars. The loss cost them a playoff spot, and the Colts quickly decided to pull the plug on Wentz by sending him to the Washington Commanders.
Indianapolis surrendered the low price of a third-round pick to Atlanta, who wound up replacing Ryan with Marcus Mariota in free agency. Unfortunately for Ryan and the Colts , it looks like they’ll be looking for yet another new Week 1 starter in 2023.
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