The Indianapolis Colts have gone through it over the past few years. From 1998-2015, they had the quarterback position pretty well figured out. Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck (with a mix of one year of Curtis Painter) held the fort down under center for the Colts with high levels of success. But since Luck’s abrupt and sudden retirement, as well as a litany of injuries, the QB position has been shuffling.
And shuffle it has a lot. The Colts, according to ESPN, will start another quarterback for Week 1 of the 2023 season. That will mark the eighth consecutive season that the team has started a different QB to start the year. According to ESPN, it’s the second-longest streak in NFL history behind only the Chicago Bears from 1998-2006.
When the 2023 season begins, the Colts will be starting a different QB Week 1 for the 8th consecutive season.
The 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history 😳 pic.twitter.com/vDxcw0HfYr
— ESPN (@espn) March 28, 2023
The seven previous quarterbacks to start Week 1 for the Colts were, chronologically: Andrew Luck, Scott Tolzien, Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, and Matt Ryan. Luck started in 2016 and then in 2018, qualifying as a “different” starter. The player who takes the reins in 2023 will seek to be the first since Luck to repeat as the Colts’ Week 1 starter in 2024.
Considering the team seems to want to draft a QB in the first round, they had better hope they repeat year-over-year in 2024 unless they pick a player they deem a project.
The NFL world reacted to the absolutely brutal news for the Colts.
So you’re saying this sun shield was a bad idea? pic.twitter.com/3Wk3gGslbB
— Carsforsale.com (@Carsforsalecom) March 28, 2023
— Logan (@SchmitLogan12) March 28, 2023
Making the wrong kind of history https://t.co/X5SUc7tpeK
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) March 29, 2023
Karma for having a future HOF QB in Andrew Luck and leaving him unprotected year after year after year https://t.co/Ikl9OuVGDf
— Zee Stream Tv (@zeestreamtv) March 29, 2023
— Cassidy Wood (@CassidyWoodTV) March 29, 2023
— Matt Glenesk (@MattGlenesk) March 28, 2023