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Colts Officially Bench Matt Ryan for Sam Ehlinger

Jason Schandl
Sam Ehlinger is the new Indianapolis Colts quarterback after Matt Ryan was benched.
Sam Ehlinger is the new Indianapolis Colts quarterback after Matt Ryan was benched. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The 3-3-1 Indianapolis Colts aren't exactly in panic mode yet, but their season has been rougher than their record indicates as they've been outscored by 27 points overall.

Head coach Frank Reich is wasting no time in shaking things up to try to right the ship and stay competitive in the AFC South, and he proved that with a massive move heading into a Week 8 matchup against the Washington Commanders. Sam Ehlinger will be the Colts' new starting quarterback, even when Matt Ryan returns from injury.

Colts Quarterback Change

Indianapolis took on a huge salary when they acquired Ryan, with a cap hit of $18.7 million this year and $35.2 million next season. The hope was that he was the missing piece who could provide a boost similar to the one Matthew Stafford gave the Los Angeles Rams last year.

Well, so much for that. Ryan leads the NFL with 9 interceptions through seven games while also taking a league-high 24 sacks. His 6.0 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) ranks No. 29 in the NFL, one spot ahead behind Davis Mills and one ahead of Mitchell Trubisky.

Ehlinger was a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft after starting four seasons for the Texas Longhorns. He didn't look like an overly exciting pro prospect, but he did show some flashes as a dual threat, scoring 33 touchdowns on the ground while throwing for 94 (with 27 interceptions) in four seasons.

It remains to be seen whether he'll be an upgrade from Ryan, but the betting markets don't seem to hate the news. The Colts rank second in the AFC South with +200 odds to win the division, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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