Colts: Concerns arise about QB situation after Frank Reich dodges questions

Once again, we’re here questioning the Indianapolis Colts‘ front office because of the moves that were made this offseason.

Was anybody upset with the Eric Fisher signing? Not necessarily. How about the Carson Wentz trade? Not really! Both were impact moves that stood to improve the roster after costly departures.

However, through two weeks — and now heading into an all-important third — the Colts have dealt with insurmountable offensive line issues, which have stemmed from depth moves. To back up Fisher, who was coming off an Achilles tear and wasn’t ready until Week 2, general manager Chris Ballard added unimpressive names such as Sam Tevi, Julién Davenport and Matt Pryor — and also believed Will Holden would be good!

Tevi was lost for the year to an ACL tear after getting wrecked in training camp; Pryor was an import from the Eagles and figures to not contribute much; Holden was waived weeks ago; and Davenport has been bad.

What’s the significance here? That’s led to Carson Wentz getting crushed to the tune of 21 QB hits over the first two weeks of the year, resulting in TWO sprained ankles and a questionable status for Week 3 vs the Titans. The Colts’ solution for the backup QB position? Jacob Eason, who had played ZERO NFL snaps heading into this year and … Brett Hundley.

The Colts QB position is even more concerning after Frank Reich dodged questions on Wednesday.

These were the front office’s solutions knowing Wentz was injury-prone AND wasn’t going to have an adequate offensive line in front of him, especially after the injury to Quenton Nelson early in training camp?

Even worse? The Colts, who have hyped up Eason behind the scenes in regard to his progress in practice as well as his impressive arm strength, apparently will not commit to him as the Week 3 starter in the event Wentz can’t play due to his ankle issues.

If you were so “confident” in Eason’s abilities, how did you not realize he’d be thrown into the fire at some point given Wentz’s injury history? Also, how could you even view Hundley, who has made just nine career NFL starts and is 3-6, as a viable option in the event you’re not sold on Eason?

So, staring down the barrel of an 0-3 start, here’s what we’re working with:

  • Carson Wentz’s status is up in the air
  • Frank Reich won’t name a starter if Wentz can’t go
  • Brett Hundley is seemingly the next option if they don’t trust Eason
  • Xavier Rhodes still hasn’t returned to practice
  • Braden Smith is now dealing with a thumb injury in addition to his foot injury
  • Zach Pascal missed practice with an illness

Reich not answering reasonable questions and Colts insiders hinting at Hundley’s promotion certainly both add fuel to the drama, which doesn’t seem like it’ll be dissipating anytime soon.