Another week, one other quarterback change for the Colts, and this time, Nick Foles is taking on beneath middle. Days after Matt Ryan and Co. discovered themselves on the incorrect finish of the most important comeback in NFL historical past, Indianapolis is changing Ryan with Foles for Week 16’s matchup with the Chargers, coach Jeff Saturday introduced Wednesday. The plan is for Foles to stay beneath middle for the rest of the 2022 season.
“Ultimately I really feel like Nick will give us a greater likelihood to go win these final three video games,” Saturday stated.
Colts proprietor Jim Irsay publicly hinted earlier this season, shortly after hiring Saturday because the interim coach, that Foles would possibly ultimately get a chance to begin. His feedback got here within the wake of struggles by each Ryan and second-year backup Sam Ehlinger, who went 0-2 as a short-lived starter. Now, Foles as QB1 is the truth, beginning with Monday night time’s showdown with Los Angeles. The veteran has principally served because the No. 3 QB on the Colts’ depth chart this season.
Ryan, who’s now been benched twice in his first — and probably solely — season with the Colts, went 19 of 33 for 182 yards and one landing in Indy’s 39-33 loss to the Vikings in Week 15, a sport by which the Colts led by 33. He exits the lineup — doubtless for the ultimate time this yr, and maybe for his NFL profession — having thrown simply 14 TDs and 13 interceptions this season.
Foles, in the meantime, enters with a wealth of expertise as a spot starter. The 33-year-old backup began 12 totally different video games between the Bears and Jaguars from 2019-2021, however he is greatest identified for his Super Bowl-winning run with the Eagles. Filling in for an injured Carson Wentz late in 2017, he posted profession manufacturing en path to a championship end, then helped information Philadelphia again to the playoffs in 2018, with Wentz injured once more.
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