The Indianapolis Colts haven’t been able to get out of their own way during the 2022 season. A lot of their issues have been self-inflicted, but the biggest one remains the quarterback position. There was hope that acquiring veteran Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons would provide the team with some stability in the position, but that has not been the case.
Ryan was tasked with replacing Carson Wentz, who many felt was a disaster during the 2021 season. While his performance in Week 18 against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, who ended up with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, left a bad taste in people’s mouths, it can be argued that he had a better season than what Ryan is putting forth.
Had Indianapolis received production similar to what Wentz provided last season, they would likely be in the thick of the playoff race. Instead, they are 4-8-1 and things have quickly gone off the rails as the unorthodox decision to hire Jeff Saturday, who had no coaching experience above the high school level, has turned as sour as many people thought it would be.
Ryan’s performance is a big reason for that. He has been a turnover machine throughout the season as he has thrown 13 interceptions, which leads the league despite him playing in only 11 games. He had been able to cut back on the fumbling issues he was having at the beginning of the season, as he was on a historic pace, but they have crept back up the last two games as he has fumbled three times and lost two of them.
Against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in Week 13, Ryan’s woes were on display for a national audience. The Colts were trounced 54-19 as the Cowboys scored a franchise-record 33 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Hall of Famer Terrell Owens did not hold back his strong opinions. While watching the game, he made some harsh comments about Ryan’s performance on Twitter.
Owens was likely far from the only person watching the game to feel that way. There are likely a lot of Colts fans counting down the days until the offseason begins so that the front office can once again embark on their journey to find a long-term answer at the quarterback position.
Matt Ryan starting Week 1 marked seven straight years that the Colts have had a different player under center, as the last time they had the same player at the quarterback position in Week 1 was Andrew Luck from 2012-2016. His unexpected retirement ahead of the 2019 season is something that left the franchise reeling as they are still trying to recover from it.