The Indianapolis Colts are going to have a new quarterback under center this season in Matt Ryan. They acquired Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons for a third-round pick to replace Carson Wentz, who was traded to the Washington Commanders.
Ryan is the fifth different quarterback that the Colts will have under center in the last five years. They have been unable to find any consistency at the position since Andrew Luck announced his retirement.
So far so good for Ryan, who has drawn a lot of positive reviews since joining his new team. One of the players who has been impressed with Ryan is tight end Mo-Allie Cox, who is one of the longest-tenured players on the team.
Cox recently compared his new quarterback to his old one, as he was a rookie in 2018, Luck’s final one with the team. The tight end sees some similarities between the two and loves how Ryan goes about business, sometimes even quizzing players he runs into in the hallway.
“He’s kind of similar to Andrew, in how he demands things, how he wants things. He’s on us,” Alie-Cox said, via Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. “If we get it wrong, he’s going to come out there and coach us. That’s something you want from your quarterback.”
Entering his 15th season in the NFL, Ryan has probably forgotten more things than some of his teammates have learned yet in their NFL careers. He is a wealth of knowledge and someone that they can lean on if they have questions about anything.
That kind of experience also leads to a lot of changes on the field, which Cox says the team has to be on high alert for. Ryan will check in and out of plays, trying to get into the most advantageous position possible.
That kind of leadership and experience is a welcome change after the team’s offense struggled at times last season. Hopefully, Matt Ryan has enough in the tank to take advantage of the upgrade in the talent around him from what he played with in Atlanta last season and get the Colts back into the postseason.