After all of the disappointment of the very brief Carson Wentz era, owner Jim Irsay and head coach Frank Reich have been falling all over themselves to praise Ryan, his abilities, and the step forward he seems to represent for the franchise.
However, while the team is focused on getting more victories in 2022, there’s also the possibility that Ryan could set an NFL record that’s associated with losing.
Pro Football Talk pointed out on Sunday that Ryan has lost to 29 different teams in his NFL career, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. That puts him on par with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and one loss behind seven NFL quarterbacks, including Drew Brees, Brett Favre, and Carson Palmer. No NFL quarterback has ever lost to 31 different franchises, but Ryan has the chance to do just that this season.
While the most obvious team that Ryan has never lost to is the Atlanta Falcons, the Colts don’t play them this season. However, they do play the Jacksonville Jaguars (twice) and the Las Vegas Raiders. If Ryan starts and loses to both the Jaguars and Raiders, he’ll be the first NFL starting quarterback to lose to 31 different teams.
For the record, Carr can join the 30-team-loss club this season if the Raiders lose to the New Orleans Sants.
Also lurking nearby is Ryan Fitzpatrick (28), Aaron Rodgers (27), Tom Brady (27), Matthew Stafford (27), and Kirk Cousins (27).
If any of them can figure out a way to lose to all 32 NFL teams by the time they retire, it will be strangely impressive in its own way.