Why Colts’ Shane Steichen deserves consideration for NFL Coach of the Year

Why Colts’ Shane Steichen deserves consideration for NFL Coach of the Year

The game was supposed to signal Anthony Richardson’s arrival, the day he proved to the NFL he wasn’t just a super athlete who would need months — or even years, as some suggested — for his quarterbacking skills to catch up to his physical gifts.

It was Week 2 in Houston, and the Indianapolis Colts QB was cooking. Two drives and two rushing touchdowns from the No. 4 pick in the first quarter had the Colts on the way to their first win of the year, and Richardson was out-dueling No. 2 pick C.J. Stroud.

But Richardson’s breakout performance was short-lived. He sustained a concussion on the second touchdown run and was ruled out for the rest of the game, an ominous sign of what was to come. Three weeks later, after being taken down on a routine tackle, Richardson would eventually be ruled out for the rest of the season and undergo surgery on his right shoulder.

In the weeks since Richardson went down, Stroud has taken off. The Houston Texans’ talented quarterback has become the runaway favorite for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and a dark horse candidate for MVP. But he isn’t the only AFC South newcomer who should be considered for an award.

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