"Out with Matt Ryan and in with Sam Ehlinger!" Frank Reich said. But wait — who the hell is Sam Ehlinger?
We're glad you asked.
The league's latest starting quarterback grew up in Austin, Texas and became a hometown hero for the Longhorns as a true freshman. Ehlinger initially stepped in following an injury to their starter Shane Buechele, won the job in 2018, and never looked back. The team went on to win the Sugar Bowl over No. 6 Georgia in his first full season as a starter.
He walked away from Texas with plenty of accolades to his name, too. To date, he has the 17th-most career scrimmage touchdowns and 22nd-most total yards in the NCAA*.
Ehlinger went on to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Colts in the sixth round. Last year, he beat out Colts 2020 fourth-rounder Jacob Eason for the backup job. Now, he's beaten out Ryan for the driver's seat.
In the preseason, Ehlinger was rolling. 289 passing yards. 4 TDs, 0 INTs. Led all QBs with 20+ pass attempts with a 147.8 passer rating and 10 yards per pass attempt. Sure, it was just the preseason. Still, at least he looked good against second and third-string defenders!
Let's go Sam!
The only teams averaging fewer points per game than the Colts are the Broncos (14.3 points/game) and the Steelers (15.3)
In Ryan's seven starts this season, he became just the eighth player in NFL history with more than 60,000 passing yards.
The Colts have committed turnovers on 18.4% of their offensive drives this season — the third-highest rate in the league.