Matt Ryan's first season with the Indianapolis Colts has not gone as planned.
After Ryan led the NFL in turnovers through the first seven weeks, the team announced Monday that it would turn to Sam Ehlinger behind center.
Ryan reacted to the decision with class.
The 15th-year pro spoke with reporters Wednesday and said he plans to embrace his role as the backup. Ryan said his job now is to "do everything I can" to help Ehlinger.
"Matt Ryan: 'I love Sam. He’s been awesome since the day I got here. My job shifts now — now I gotta do everything I can to help him. He’s gonna do great for us.' Total pro." -- Zak Keefer
The Colts traded a third-round pick for Ryan during the offseason. He has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and nine touchdowns so far this year, but has also turned the ball over 12 times, including nine interceptions.
Ryan will now be a backup for the first time in his career. He's started all 239 NFL games he's ever played and only missed three contests across 15 years due to injury.
Ehlinger, a sixth-round draft pick out of Texas in 2021, could likely benefit from Ryan's extensive experience, as he's never thrown an NFL pass. That will change Sunday when the Colts face the Washington Commanders.
While Ryan's play on the field this season has left a lot to be desired, props to him for being a model teammate.