This time last year, Matt Ryan was heading into training camp with the Indianapolis Colts. After being acquired via trade during the offseason, expectations were extremely high for Indy and the veteran quarterback. The expectation was that Ryan would help the Colts make a run. As we now know, that didn’t happen.
Indianapolis finished the season with a 4-12-1 record, Ryan was benched a couple of times, and ultimately released once the season ended. Since then, Ryan has transitioned into television, joining CBS Sports. However, the quarterback has made it clear that he’s not officially retired, although he’ll be calling games this season.
Recently, CBS Sports revealed the announcers for the 2023 NFL season, as well as the assignments for Weeks 1-3. For Ryan, his broadcasting career will get off to an awkward start, as his first game is scheduled for the Week 1 match between the Buccaneers and the Vikings, in Minnesota.
Matt Ryan will return to Minnesota with CBS Sports in 2023
The reason this could be a little bit weird for Ryan is that just last season, Ryan traveled to Minnesota with the Colts to take on the Vikings. The result of the game was the Vikings completing the biggest comeback in NFL history. Despite Ryan and the Colts jumping out to a 33-0 lead, Minnesota ultimately won the game in overtime 39-36.
Ryan, in the game, completed 19-of-33 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown. While it was a historical blown lead, it was an unfortunately familiar situation for Ryan, who was the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in the infamous 28-3 Super Bowl 51 game. Following the Minnesota game last year, Ryan was benched, and it was the last game of his career that he played in, barring a comeback.
Now, as he gets his television career started, Ryan will return to Minnesota to start a new chapter. As he’s trying to move on, he’ll surely be reminded of what happened the last time he was there.