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The Colts are the definition of Dysfunctional

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Indianapolis Colts benched Matt Ryan for Sam Ehlinger, fired their offensive coordinator, fired their Head Coach, and hired an ESPN analyst in the interim is a crazy four week stretch for an NFL franchise.

The firing of Frank Reich is a bad look for Owner Jim Irsay. It was unfair to Reich, who was the fall guy for the misplays by the Owner and General Manager.

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The QBs that Frank Reich was handed in Indianapolis after Andrew Luck’s retirement in 2018 we’re: Jacoby Brissett, Brian Hoyer, 39-year-old Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, 37-year-old Matt Ryan and 6th round draft pick Sam Ehlinger. That is not a recipe for success.

Then you hire legendary Colts center, a six-time Pro Bowler beloved in Indianapolis for his time playing center in front of Hall-of-Fame QB Peyton Manning, has never coached at the NFL or college level, and according to ESPN, he is believed to be the first person hired to be an NFL Head Coach, either interim or full-time, without that kind of experience since Norm Van Brocklin was hired to be the Minnesota Vikings head coach one year after an MVP season as the quarterback in Philadelphia in 1961.

Jim Irsay and Jeff Saturday on stage at a Colts town hall in 2019. Photo courtsey of
Matt Kryger/IndyStar/USA Today Sports

By bringing in Saturday, Irsay appears to be making it clear that he’s taking an active role in significantly altering the direction of the franchise after a disappointing 3-5-1 start to the season that led to Reich’s firing. Irsay played a role in the decision to bench starting QB Matt Ryan in favor of second-year passer Sam Ehlinger two weeks ago, and now he has hired a long-time confidant to take over as Head Coach.

The Colts are a dysfunctional franchise. These moves are all head scratchers. They are more like a circus than a NFL Football team.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Photo courtsey of Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

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Tony Ghaul