Colts rookie QB Anthony Richardson gets endorsement from a Hall of Fame quarterback

As Anthony Richardson prepares to start for the Indianapolis Colts, he recently picked up an endorsement from a Hall of Fame quarterback.
Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; NFL former quarterback Warren Moon answers questions from the
Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; NFL former quarterback Warren Moon answers questions from the / Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts still have one preseason game left, and a few weeks until the first game of the regular season, however, Indy has already settled its biggest storyline: naming a starting quarterback. Last week, head coach Shane Steichen spoke with the media and announced that rookie Anthony Richardson is going to be the starting quarterback for the Colts.

It’s somewhat of a polarizing decision. Since the moment Indianapolis drafted Richardson with the fourth-overall pick, people have debated if Richardson should start from day one or if he should spend some time observing from the bench. Ultimately, the Colts decided to start the young QB, and there’s a legendary quarterback that are glad they did.

Following the announcement, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon did an interview with Andscape, and explained that he believes Indy made the right decision. Moon referred to Richardson as “a hell of a physical talent,” and went on to share what he believes the Colts must do for Richardson to be successful.

Warren Moon is excited to watch Anthony Richardson

Moon explained that the Colts have had the opportunity to watch Richardson all offseason, so they’ve seen enough. Now, it’s all about setting him up to succeed. Echoing the sentiments of others who have spoken on Richardson, Moon said mistakes will come, as is the case with all young quarterbacks and players in the NFL, however, Richardson is also ready to produce big plays.

As far as how Indy can help Richardson succeed early, Moon named two things the franchise must do. The first was not to overwhelm him in the offense. That shouldn’t be a problem. Head coach Shane Steichen has already said the key to developing a young QB is not overloading them with information, so Indy has that part down.

Moon’s second tip may be tougher for the Colts to follow. The Hall of Fame QB explained that the other thing that would help Richardson is Indy rewarding Jonathan Taylor. That would allow Richardson to lean on an elite running back and benefit from a quality rushing attack as he develops. Unfortunately, Taylor is currently injured and in a messy contract dispute with the team.

However, the NFL has shown us that everything can be fixed, from injuries to relationships. If the Colts can get Taylor on the field and healthy, he’ll create a dynamic duo with Anthony Richardson, as Richardson tries to take the league by storm.