Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich had his weekly conference call today with the media and gave several updates.
No update today on Jonathan Taylor or any of the other injured players. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) October 10, 2022
Frank Reich began his press conference talking about the injuries the team is currently dealing with. Reich said there are no updates yet on Jonathan Taylor, Shaquille Leonard, Tyquan Lewis, and Julian Blackmon, who all missed the Thursday night game against the Denver Broncos. There will be further updates on the injuries this week, and the injury reports from this week will give a look into the availability of those injured for Sunday’s games against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Frank Reich says Colts are going to make decisions on OL personnel combination in next couple of days.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) October 10, 2022
Based on prior weeks, if Indy's going to make a change, they're not going to talk about it until after we've seen it on Sunday.
I wouldn't expect any updates from Colts coaches during the week on O-Line changes, but they'll be under consideration.— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkins_) October 10, 2022
Indy has made two shifts the past two weeks, but improvement hasn't been very clear.
Frank Reich went on to talk about the offensive line which is still struggling 5 weeks into the season. The Colts offensive line allowed their quarterback to be sacked 6 times on Thursday night, the highest all season, and Ryan has now been sacked 21 times in just 5 games this year. The Colts are clearly unhappy with the offensive line and have already made several changes to the line that began the season, and it doesn’t sound like it is going to stop this week. The team could see Bernhard Raimann become the permanent left tackle for the year and could see Matt Pryor benched altogether. This week will be a telling one for what 5 guys they want to start going forward.
HC Frank Reich on his offensive issues/the QB: "My evaluation and my comfort with Matt as our starting QB is very high..."— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) October 10, 2022
adds that the TOs (11 fumbles/3 lost/7 INTs) "aren't all on Matt, but some are."
can defenses sense that? "Absolutely. It's like blood in the water."
Frank Reich spoke about how the team views quarterback Matt Ryan and his performances so far. The offensive line is clearly not helping Ryan. However, it is clear the team is not happy with the 11 fumbles and 7 interceptions he currently has. Ryan is having some really poor ball security issues, but with an offensive line that has allowed him to be sacked 21 times in 5 games, some of the blame has to be shared. Ryan needs to tighten up his ball security, and the team needs to fix the offensive line as quick as possible, or the offense will continue to be overwhelmed by opposition defenses week after week.