Sam Ehlinger

Sam Ehlinger: The Turnovers Are ‘Not Good Enough In This League’

Sam Ehlinger got off to a losing start to life as the Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback against Washington on Sunday.

Sam Ehlinger showed some promising flashes, but also some mistakes. He made some big hits to Pierce for 47 yards, Campbell for 38 and Hines for 22. 

However, he also fumbled in the red zone when the Colts were pushing in the second quarter. Sam Ehlinger finished with a respectable 17-of-23 passes for 201 yards and a 100.1 passer rating.

Although when your offense is ineffective, you’re always playing on a knife edge and so it proved as the Commanders won 17-16.


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“I thought as an offense, we had a lot of opportunities. We just shot ourselves in the foot,” Ehlinger said. “Two turnovers, got down to the inch-yard line and came away with three points and that’s not good enough in this league. It’s frustrating, but we showed we could be an explosive offense, we had explosive plays and we’ve got to keep building from here.

“I thought that to be out there against a good defense, they brought a lot of different stuff. They threw some mixed coverages in there,” Ehlinger said. “To be able to get in that first regular-season experience was important. Obviously, hate the outcome, and need to grow.”


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Head coach Frank Reich will be frantically looking at ways to get more out of the offense. After all, it was he who made the decision to bench the established Matt Ryan in favor of Ehlinger.

“I thought he threw the ball well, I thought he looked poised, made good decisions, gave us a chance,” Reich said of Ehlinger after the game. “We’ll look at the film more closely, but my first impression was that he played well.”


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