Colts’ Coach Speaks Out On Matt Ryan Amid Heavy Criticism

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The 2022 season has not gotten off to the start that the Indianapolis Colts were hoping that it would. Coming into the season, there was talk about the Colts being a dark horse Super Bowl contender. As we head into Week 3 of the season, they are still looking for their first victory of the year.

The Colts had an uneven performance against the Houston Texans in Week 1 in which they had to come from 17 points behind to force overtime. Rodrigo Blankenship missed a kick in overtime, which led to a tie and him losing his job with the team.

In Week 2, Indianapolis had a repeat performance of their Week 18 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Somehow, this time it was even more embarrassing as the Colts were shutout 24-0.

Through two games the offense has been a mess. Matt Ryan was expected to come in and steady the team after Carson Wentz was unable to consistently get the job done last season. Thus far, that has not been the case.

However, the confidence in Ryan is unwavering. Head coach Frank Reich still believes that he can get the job done and couldn’t be happier about having him under center. The confidence in Ryan is still there as Reich talked about Ryan and the offense during a presser on Monday.

“I mean the protection yesterday wasn’t our best effort. He was under duress a number of times. There’s still mistakes that he made, that we all make, but I think overall — listen, I understand how the quarterback position is. You’re really dependent on everybody else on there, but you’re at the center of it so you have to make it work.”

“What I love about Matt is that he takes responsibility. He’s the leader. I could not be happier that he’s our quarterback. He’s an elite leader and I really believe he can be an elite player in this offense. We’ve all got to pull it together. We all have got to carry our own weight, each one of us, including him and everybody on that offense.”

Ryan has certainly struggled out of the gate. He has completed only 60 percent of his passes for 547 yards and one touchdown. He has thrown four interceptions and fumbled five times, losing the ball once. 

The offensive line play has been underwhelming, to put it nicely, as they are struggling to open up holes for running back Jonathan Taylor as well. Not having his No. 1 option, Michael Pittman Jr., in Week 2 certainly didn’t help the offense either.

Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Colts as they will be hosting Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. For a team struggling offensively, the Chiefs are not a team you want to be going up against because you know it is going to be a high-scoring affair.