The Indianapolis Colts made a bold decision today.
New head coach Shane Steichen decided to name Anthony Richardson the starter for the upcoming campaign, even after he looked kind of raw in his first preseason action.
Most people expected Gardner Minshew to get the nod, at least at the start of the season, but the veteran quarterback claims to be fully understanding and showed nothing but support for Richardson and the organization (via Kevin Bowen).
Gardner Minshew on the news of Anthony Richardson being named the starter:
“…I totally understand & I’m all-in with what we got going. I can’t stress enough, I’m really excited about Anthony, I think he’s going to be really special. I think he’s got a great opportunity here.”
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) August 15, 2023
Minshew has been in the league long enough to understand and embrace his role, and he knew he was going to be a stopgap until Richardson was ready.
Unfortunately for him, Richardson proved to be ready — at least to the coaching staff — way sooner than most people expected, so barring injury or a major disaster, he may not get to play for the Colts at all this year.
Richardson was one of the most polarizing prospects in recent NFL history.
The physical traits are remarkable, and it makes us all think that he could be one of the best players in the league once he gets his legs under him.
Nonetheless, it might be a while before he’s actually ready to make an impact on winning, as there are serious concerns about his accuracy, ball placement, and decision-making.
Richardson only started in his final year in Florida, and he arrived in the league with little experience.
So, there will be plenty of growing pains as he finds his groove and his footing in this league, and patience will be key.NEXT: Anthony Richardson Will Try To Break A Concerning Colts Trend