Matt Ryan is the starting QB for the Colts in Jeff Saturday’s coaching debut

Matt Ryan is the starting QB for the Colts in Jeff Saturday’s coaching debut

LAS VEGAS — Just a few weeks later Colts name Sam Ehlinger The starting quarterback for the rest of the season, veteran Matt Ryan Returned to the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the invader — Jeff Saturday, the team’s first interim coach.

The Colts visited Ehlinger before their Week 8 game Washington Commander After Ryan suffered a shoulder separation. At the time, coach Frank Reich — who was fired Monday and replaced by Saturday — said the move was intended to be permanent. Owner Jim Irsay heavily influenced the decision, sources told ESPN.

But Ryan returned to practice this week and, it seems, had a change of heart on Saturday. The decision came later Saturday, during his introductory news conference, that Ehlinger will remain the starting quarterback.

But Friday to Saturday has started to lag.

Asked how he made the decision to start Ehlinger, Saturday said, “I evaluate all the time. I tell those guys, it’s not a closed competition by any stretch of the imagination. I’m going to put the best 11. So whatever we can do to win games, we Will do that. Both have had several weeks of practice. Sam, for a young man, is an energetic guy. He brings a lot of pop. Matt, getting out there as well, I’m impressed.

“It’s going to be up to me who starts at quarterback,” added Saturday, when asked about the perception driving the decision.

The Colts were 0-2 with Ehlinger as their starter. There was a loss last week New England PatriotsThe Colts had a historically poor offensive performance, going 0-for-14 on third-down attempts and producing 121 yards of total offense — their fewest since 1997.

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