3 offseason mistakes that are now hurting the Colts
2. Was Matt Ryan the right choice?
Let’s address the great divide amongst Indy fans next shall we? I’ll admit, we’re only two games in, so in my opinion, it’s too early to debate this topic but it is worth mentioning. Did the Indianapolis Colts make the right choice at quarterback this offseason?
Carson Wentz had his moments both good and bad leaving most fans ready to move on with him. The organization agreed and sent him (and a 2022 second-round pick) to Washington for a 2022 second-round pick, 2022 third-round pick, and a 2023 third-round pick (that can become a second). The Colts turned around and traded for Matt Ryan giving Atlanta a 2022 third-round pick.
Let’s focus on the stats of this season thus far. Ryan has thrown for 547 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions with a 60% completion percentage. Wentz, on the other hand, has thrown the ball seven more times and connected on nine more passes than Ryan. He has thrown for 650 yards (second in the league), seven touchdowns (tied for first in the league), and three interceptions.
Now let’s add some context. Indy has faced the Texans and Jaguars, whose defense last season was 31st and 20th in total yards per game and 23rd and 17th in passing yards per game. The Commanders have faced the Jaguars, who they beat 28-22, and the Lions who ranked 24th in passing yards per game and 29th in total yards per game.
All this to say, these two teams have faced similar competition and one quarterback seems to be having a better season than the other. Both quarterbacks are in new places and have comparable weapons. I’ll let you make your own opinion from here.