Colts, Matt Ryan ‘needed each other’

Matt Ryan could possibly be the accomplice that stops the Indianapolis Colts from a string of shotgun marriages at quarterback. 

The Colts traded a third-round draft choose to the Falcons for Ryan final week. The 36-year-old former NFL MVP, who has missed one begin within the final 12 seasons, changed Carson Wentz, who was traded to the Commanders.

“I believe everybody noticed from the skin that it is a good match,” Colts coach Frank Reich told NFL Network on Sunday on the NFL homeowners’ assembly. “Like, individuals can universally agree you bought a man who’s nonetheless taking part in at a excessive degree with a workforce and roster that’s constructed to make some noise. We wanted one another.”

The Colts are the primary workforce in NFL historical past to have a unique quarterback make no less than 15 begins in 4 straight seasons (Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers and Wentz). If Ryan stays wholesome, the streak ought to turn into 5 totally different main quarterbacks in 5 years — and, extra importantly, the Colts ought to be capable to take care of the Titans atop the AFC South for what could possibly be the one playoff berth accessible.

Colts coach Frank Reich
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Colts Quarterback Matt Ryan (2) holds up his new jersey after a press conference to announce his joining of the team at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
Matt Ryan
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With the Broncos, Chargers and Raiders loading up this offseason to problem the Chiefs within the AFC West and the once-lowly Bengals and Browns probably surpassing the Ravens and Steelers atop the AFC North, wild-card playoff berths are going to be onerous to return by.

After dropping Tremendous Bowl LI after which a fast exit within the playoffs the next 12 months, the Falcons endured 4 straight dropping seasons and have been handcuffed by Ryan’s big contract. Stopgap quarterback Marcus Mariota was signed to start a brand new period with out Ryan or Julio Jones (traded to the Titans final season after which launched) or Calvin Ridley (suspended for a 12 months resulting from playing).

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