Colts’ Jeff Saturday pitches Matt Ryan against Sam Ehlinger

The Colts said Sam Ehlinger would be their quarterback for the rest of the season, but the interim head coach Jeff Saturday replaced him with Matt Ryan for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

Ryan had started the first seven games of the season for Indianapolis and thrown for 2,008 yards and nine touchdowns, but he also threw for nine interceptions. The Colts were 3-3-1 in his seven starts.

Matt Ryan (center) got the call to replace Sam Ehlinger (left) on Sunday.
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Ehlinger started the previous two weeks for Indianapolis, going 0-2 with losses to Washington and New England. He had 304 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in his two starts.

The move was Saturday’s biggest since he was named interim head coach on Monday after Frank Reich was sacked. Reich went 40-33-1 in his four-plus season with the Colts, making two playoff appearances.

Interim head coach Jeff Saturday chats with Matt Ryan during the Colts game on Sunday.
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Ryan’s return to action has been poor so far. He was very effective, going 17 for 21 in three quarters, but only threw for 175 yards. Ryan has a one-yard touchdown. The Colts led the Raiders late in the third quarter 19-14 after a 66-yard rushing touchdown from Jonathan Taylor. They went for two and failed.

If the Colts can hang on to the win, it would give Saturday its first-ever NFL head coaching victory. Saturday was hired as a consultant for the Colts before the season and after Reich was fired, owner Jim Irsay replaced the assistant coaches in favor of Saturday, who also worked as an analyst for ESPN.

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