Colts Owner Jim Irsay Admits How Big Of A Role He Played In Benching Matt Ryan

Colts' Jim Irsay Admits The Role He Played In Benching Matt Ryan

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We’re all well aware of the Indianapolis Colts’ decision to bench Matt Ryan. He had way too many turnovers and things weren’t looking great after getting swept by the Tennessee Titans. Now, it sounds like owner Jim Irsay wants everyone to know the role he played in the team making a change at quarterback.

Colts’ Owner Jim Irsay Claims He’s The Reason Matt Ryan Was Benched

According to Chris Mortensen, Irsay claims he “empowered head coach Frank Reich to make the change at quarterback from veteran Matt Ryan to Sam Ehlinger.” That’s a bit different from what the original storylines read, as it was believed the Colts benched Ryan due to his shoulder injury.

Additionally, “empowered” is an interesting choice of words from Jim Irsay. Especially considering he admits both Frank Reich and Chris Ballard were “in lockstep in the move.” Regardless, the Colts’ owner understands the situation as he praises Matt Ryan.

Although the Colts are going through some major changes at quarterback, Jim Irsay can’t help but be optimistic about the future. He didn’t hold back in hyping up Sam Ehlinger.

We’ll see how it plays out for Indianapolis. Many believe their season is done for, however, the Colts sit 3-3-1 on the year. Look for this team to try their best to compete as they’re still in the running for the playoffs.