Little did they know at the time, but the Atlanta Falcons traded Matt Ryan to a complete disaster of a team—the Indianapolis Colts. Most people, including myself, thought the Colts would be a great fit for the greatest Falcons quarterback of all time, but that has been anything but the truth.
The Colts have now used Ryan as a scapegoat twice this year, and both times have shown that he isn’t to blame, but rather the ownership, coaching, and team as a whole are to blame. The Colts threw Ryan in a fire expecting him to exit without a single burn.
The Colts have ruined one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, Matt Ryan
Pinning 28-3 or, now, 33-0 on Matt Ryan is irresponsible. We already went over it but Matt Ryan got them almost all of those points—yes, I know, the defense and special teams helped the team out—and that should have been enough. How many games has Tom Brady been able to win despite scoring significantly fewer points? Now Matt Ryan is front and center on graphics that have anything to do with blown leads.
Following the Colts’ meltdown, the team used Matt Ryan as a scapegoat by benching him (again). It was a stupid move by them and their inexperienced coaching staff. They didn’t even bench him for a young player who could turn into something to build around.
They benched him for a former Super Bowl-winning quarterback—Nick Foles. And what did Foles do in his first game? He went 17/29 with 143 yards, zero touchdowns, three interceptions, an average of 4.9 yards per completion, and a 3.4 QBR.
That right there shows how bad Indianapolis is. That is now two quarterbacks—who have a combined 26 years of experience, a league MVP, and a Super Bowl MVP—”failing” the team.
It may be hard to imagine but maybe it is the organization as a whole. If you bring in as many quarterbacks as they have in the past three years and none of them stick, then it might just be a problem in the foundation.
The Colts are making Matt Ryan look bad. Sure, he deserves some of the blame but to say he would be this bad on every other team is ignorant. He can still succeed, as long as he isn’t in Indianapolis where no one has been able to succeed since Andrew Luck.