Does Gardner Minshew Give The Colts A Better Chance To Win?

Does Gardner Minshew give the Colts a better chance of winning?


Gardner Minshew is everything the Colts could have asked for and more to start the 2023 NFL season.

Through five games, Minshew has seen action in four of them and will see more action with Anthony Richardson sidelined with an AC joint injury in his throwing shoulder. In relief of Richardson, Minshew completed 68.7% of his passes for 553 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Colts were undefeated with Minshew taking the majority of the snaps. This raises the question; Does Minshew give the Colts a better chance to win against the Jaguars and beyond?

There’s no denying that Richardson has impressed since the early days of his career. He seems much more improved as a passer than many expected, and he has shown a lot of composure and comfort in the pocket. That being said, he is still a rookie and there have been times when he has missed throws that a more experienced outfielder might have made. The Colts’ offense was more explosive with Richardson at the helm, but with Minshew, it was more consistent. Of course, the goal this season is to develop Richardson. Minshew may help you win in the short term, but in the long run, this is Richardson’s team. Minshew even said it (reinforcing the fact that he’s the best reserve in the league). There is no quarterback controversy in Indianapolis, no matter how good Minshew is. He knows it. Minshew is currently the most stable midfielder. He could very well face the Jaguars in the “Minshew Revenge Game” that some Colts fans (myself included) secretly want. It would be ironic if Minshew stuck with Jacksonville calling a big play, like he did with the Jaguars when they played the Colts.

Of course, that wouldn’t really matter. He can throw for 400 yards and four touchdowns, however when Richardson is healthy, Minshew will return to the bench. Richardson has given enough evidence of where he belongs, and his development is too important to be delayed any longer than necessary. For Minshew, the next few weeks will be about putting together good tape, so that come the season, he can have a chance to be a starter again.

On Tuesday’s edition of The Ride With JMV, John spoke with PFF’s Brad Spielberger. Brad talked about how much he trusts Gardner Minshew.

“It’s quite high. I mean, obviously he’s proven it to some degree, he’s got two wins against good opponents. I think this team, you know, has the right game script, and if they keep things tight, score low, and frankly be a little bad, I think they can win the game with Gardner Minshew.

Brad also discussed his belief that Minshew is better than at least some starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

“The thing about bringing in midfielders is obviously what you’re looking for is the edge and the potential of what they can become with more experience in the future, but as of now, I mean, you look around the NFL, like Desmond Ridder versus Gardner Minshew, Gardner Minshew easily. I mean even, I like Bryce Young, but the current version of Bryce Young is largely dominated by Andy Dalton when he replaced Carolina. Again, this doesn’t mean they’ll be better at running in the long run, but right now, Gardner Minshew is a top-25 quarterback in the NFL.

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