After seemingly being benched for the season by the Indianapolis Colts, there’s a chance that Matt Ryan could start again for Indy.
Following a Week 7 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Indianapolis Colts made the surprising decision to bench veteran quarterback Matt Ryan and start Sam Ehlinger for the rest of the season. While that was shocking, since Indy had just traded for Ryan this offseason, it’s not even the wildest thing Indianapolis has done in the last three weeks. It’s also not looking like the chaos will stop anytime soon. With Jeff Saturday now the head coach in Indianapolis, fans have no idea what to expect over the next two months.
In the two weeks that Matt Ryan has been on the sideline, the franchise set the expectation that he’d never be seen starting for the Colts again. However, now that Indy has a new head coach, that may not be the case. In the onboarding of Jeff Saturday, it was revealed that Jim Irsay gave Saturday permission to play anyone that he believed would give the Colts the best chance to win. That includes the previously benched veteran quarterback, Matt Ryan.
Ryan didn’t dress or practice in the previous two weeks as he was dealing with a separated shoulder, but he recently returned to practice on Thursday for the Indianapolis Colts. Now, everyone will wait to see if Jeff Saturday will make the call to insert Matt Ryan back into the starting lineup.
Will Jeff Saturday start Matt Ryan for the Colts?
This will certainly be an interesting storyline to watch develop in the coming weeks because Jeff Saturday made it clear that he’s coming to Indianapolis to try and win games. Saturday loves the Colts and he hates seeing them lose. So if sending Sam Ehlinger to the bench and starting a healthy Ryan gives Indy a better chance to win, don’t be surprised if Saturday makes that call.
When Ryan was benched, it was a move that received mixed reviews from Indy’s locker room and the NFL world as a whole. On one hand, Ryan had made too many careless turnovers but on the other hand, he had his fair share of moments of productive passing, despite being under constant pressure. Many felt that Ryan’s benching was more so a sign of the Colts failing Ryan than it was of poor play from the veteran quarterback.
Now, Indianapolis, and Ryan, may have the chance to redeem themselves. With a new head coach, and a new play-caller in Parks Frazier, Ryan may return to the field for a second stint as the Colts QB1. However, while the coaching may have changed since Ryan has been benched, one thing has remained constant: Indy’s offensive line. The offensive line is still struggling to block, and ultimately, that’s why it may not even matter who’s under center for the Colts.