Posted on: August 16, 2023, 10:15h. Last updated on: August 16, 2023, 10:15h. The Indianapolis Colts have chosen rookie Anthony Richardson as their starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Colts drafted Richardson as the fourth-overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, impressed by his exceptional athleticism and potential. Despite his limited experience as a starter in college, the Colts believe Richardson is the most promising quarterback in this year’s draft class.
Richardson, the 21-year-old rookie, was surprised by the decision, as he had expected to back up veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew initially. However, the Colts’ rookie head coach, Shane Steichen, recognized Richardson’s leadership qualities and energy, making him the unexpected starter. Richardson remains humble and determined, knowing that he must continue working hard to earn his place.
Minshew, who previously played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has shown support for Richardson, acknowledging that he is the future of the franchise. The Colts have struggled to find a franchise quarterback since Andrew Luck’s retirement in 2019, relying on temporary solutions like Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, and Matt Ryan. With Richardson, they hope to build a solid foundation for the future.
Steichen, known for his offensive expertise, brings his experience working with young quarterbacks to the Colts. He played a crucial role in the success of Jalen Hurts with the Philadelphia Eagles and Justin Herbert with the Los Angeles Chargers. Steichen’s appointment as head coach was endorsed by former teammate Philip Rivers, who had a strong connection with him during their time together with the Chargers.
Looking ahead to the 2023 season, the Colts face a challenging road. Despite their recent struggles, oddsmakers have set their win total at 6.5, indicating a potential improvement. However, the Colts are considered a long shot to make the playoffs, with odds of +350. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the frontrunners to win the AFC South, while the Colts are listed behind them, the Tennessee Titans, and the Houston Texans. The Colts’ odds of winning the AFC Championship are +7000, placing them among the underdogs. Additionally, their chances of winning Super Bowl LVIII are listed at +15000, with only the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals having higher odds.
As the regular season approaches, all eyes will be on rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson as he leads the Indianapolis Colts into an uncertain but hopeful future.