The Indianapolis Colts have a big offseason ahead of them. They are on the search for a new head coach after Frank Reich was fired during the season and replaced on an interim basis by Jeff Saturday. Along with that, the new head coach will have a new starting quarterback to work with.
Indianapolis is in the market for a new starter for the fourth consecutive offseason as they are still reeling from Andrew Luck’s unexpected retirement. Unless there is a major change of direction and Matt Ryan is brought back for a second season, 2023 will mark the seventh consecutive season that the Colts have a new starter under center in Week 1.
Ryan was expected to be an upgrade from Carson Wentz, but he was a mess for the Colts. A turnover machine, Ryan was benched twice during the season; the first time for Sam Ehlinger and the second time for Nick Foles.
There is a chance that the Colts try their luck in the 2023 NFL Draft. Currently slated to pick fourth, Indianapolis could be in a position to snag one of the top prospects; it really depends on what the Chicago Bears do with the first overall pick. If they trade out of that spot to a quarterback-needy team, the Colts will be in a bind as the Houston Texans are almost assuredly selecting a quarterback No. 2 overall.
Another avenue for Indianapolis is free agency. The Colts have the means to make a run at one of the veterans expected to be available. Lamar Jackson is one of those veterans that would make sense for the franchise.
While all signs point to the Baltimore Ravens retaining the former MVP, as they can use the franchise tag on him, other teams will at least attempt to make a run at him. The Colts should be one of them as his dynamic style of play would be a huge boost for what was a stagnant offense.
There are pieces in place that would help get Jackson back to the MVP level of performance. The offensive line was elite before the last two seasons with Wentz and Ryan under center. Jonathan Taylor looks like one of the best running backs in the NFL when healthy. Weapons are present in the passing game with Michael Pittman Jr. and Alex Pierce.
Any quarterback looking for a change of scenery should consider the Colts, but their head coaching search will have a major impact on what direction they go in. Whoever they tab as their new head coach and the staff that he hires will go a long way in giving hints at who they plan on making a run at to fill their void at quarterback.