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Why Colts Quarterbacks, Running Backs Must Improve

Expectations were high for the Indianapolis Colts' offense in 2022, featuring quarterback Matt Ryan and Jonathan Taylor, but things haven't gone as hoped.
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Every NFL team aspiring for a Super Bowl wants an elite defense. However, it is the offense that scores the points and wins on the scoreboard. This is an area of football where the Indianapolis Colts have massively disappointed.

After bringing Matt Ryan over from the Atlanta Falcons in a trade, the Colts figured they finally had the Super Bowl formula to un-tap the potential of the offense by pairing the legend with running back phenom Jonathan Taylor. However, this has been the Achilles Heel for the Colts and Ryan has never looked so confused, slow, and inefficient in his arm as a quarterback throughout his illustrious career.

Along with Ryan, Taylor has looked like a ghost of his 2021 self. With those two in mind, let’s take a journey through the struggles of the 2022 Colts and their offense. Over the next three articles, I’ll cover the quarterbacks/running backs, wide receivers/tight ends, and the offensive line and how they’ve failed to lift an elite defense to a winning record through the first 11 games.

Let’s begin with the man they call "Matty Ice."

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) signals to the Indianapolis Colts offense Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) is brought down by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards (57) on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) hands off to Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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