Indianapolis Colts Reaffirm Commitment to Quarterback Ryan

At 4-8-1, the Indianapolis Colts have had a season to forget, but they're apparently through making radical changes for the near future. Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday confirmed that quarterback Matt Ryan will remain the starting quarterback following the team's Week 14 bye. Ryan was briefly benched earlier this year following a 3-3-1 start. He returned to the starting lineup following two disastrous outings from backup Sam Ehlinger that led to the ousting of head coach Frank Reich.

Ehlinger was sufficiently terrible over his two appearances that he successfully illustrated Ryan was not to blame for the Colts' 31st-ranked scoring offense. Ehlinger netted a paltry 257 passing yards while scoring 19 total points in one win and one loss. Ryan leads the league in both interceptions (13) and fumbles (14) this season, but he can at least move the ball (236.4 net passing yards per game) and can come through in the clutch (5 fourth quarter comebacks).

Ryan joined the Colts this season following 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He was acquired in the hopes he could provide an upgrade over perennially unpopular quarterback Carson Wentz, but that hasn't borne out. If he stays on the field for the rest of the season, he can move past Philip Rivers for sixth all-time in career passing yardage. At this rate, 2022 could very well be his final year.
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