With the team going and getting free agent Gardner Minshew to later pair with their first-rounder Anthony Richardson, it only makes sense to keep the depth chart free from muddle while also allowing Foles to test the waters with other teams. Maybe the veteran will rejoin Frank Reich, who is now down with the Carolina Panthers.
The decision to bench Ryan comes after Indianapolis blew a 33-0 lead against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, a record-setting loss. Foles will be the third QB to start for Indy this season. Foles saw action in the preseason this year but last threw a pass in a game in Week 16 of 2021 with the Bears.
After Sunday night’s 54-19 loss to the Cowboys came to an end, Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday said he didn’t give any thought to benching quarterback Matt Ryan despite his four turnovers on the evening.
On Monday, the prospect of making changes during the bye week came up. Saturday said any changes the 4-8-1 team makes “won’t be about next-year evaluation,” but about giving the team their best chance of winning their final four games.