4 teams that might still give Matt Ryan a chance after his underwhelming season with Colts

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks on the field Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, before a game
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks on the field Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, before a game / Robert Scheer/IndyStar / USA TODAY
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Dec 4, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel speaks with / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

1. Miami Dolphins may be willing to sign Matt Ryan

Another team running the Shanahan offense is the Miami Dolphins and they also need a backup quarterback. Miami’s head coach, Mike McDaniel, came up under Kyle Shanahan and was an offensive assistant when Shanahan was in Atlanta with Matt Ryan. After a year as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, McDaniel is now running things for the Dolphins.

Upon arrival, McDaniel got Miami’s offense rolling with Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, and Jaylen Waddle. They were able to silence any questions about if Tua was the quarterback for this team, and the Dolphins continued that commitment by picking up Tua’s fifth-year option on Friday. However, questions remain about Tua’s health.

The Dolphins want Tua to be their quarterback, and he proved he can ball when healthy, however, staying healthy was a challenge for Tua this past season as he dealt with multiple concussions. So Miami knows that if the team is rolling with Tua as QB1, the Dolphins must have a competent backup quarterback, just in case.

That's where Matt Ryan can step in. He’s familiar with the Shanahan-type offenses, and even in the worst season of his career last year with the Colts, he showed that he still has some competent football in him. Playing in a reserve role in an explosive offense with weapons like Waddle and Hill, would surely set Ryan up for success if he ever had to fill in for Tagovailoa.

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