Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich was pleased with both Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger after the team's preseason opener. On Sunday, the Colts beat the Carolina Panthers 21-18 as both quarterbacks Eason and Ehlinger delivered solid performances.
Eason went 15-for-21 for 183 yards, while Ehlinger went 10-for-15 for 155 yards. “I thought he went out there and showed himself well,” Reich said of Eason, via the Indianapolis Star. “There are times where [his timing] needs to be better, I think you’re seeing that right at times, but I think he’s making good progress.
He’s very coachable, and I think he’s getting better each day and each week. Shoot, I’d [say the] same thing about our other quarterback. He had times where he was a little slow on the trigger, so he needs to speed that up, but there were also a lot of good flashes as well.
Real good decision making, real good timing and then made good throws”.
Eason enjoying the competition
If Carson Wentz is not ready to start the season, the Colts will start either Eason or Ehlinger. Right now, the quarterback competition between Eason and Ehlinger is on.
"Competition is great," Eason said. "Every position has competition, especially in training camp. In the quarterback room we have a great relationship, but we're always competing. Competition brings better result.
I'm all about it." After 2016 No. 2 pick Wentz went down with an injury, some believed the Colts would contact the Chicago Bears and inquire about Nick Foles. "Listen, Frank Reich is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, coaches of all time.
He understands me as a player,” Foles said. “He understands me as a person. But you know, I haven’t had any talks with them. I’m a Chicago Bear right now. But he knows me, he understands. "In this league, I don’t want to go to someone that I don’t know.
I don’t want to … Listen, great coaches, when you have a great coaching staff, it’s something special. A big reason we were great in Philly was we had a great coaching staff. They put us in a position to succeed, and it showed.
Everyone can say it showed. That being said, I don’t want to just go somewhere where I don’t know ’em, I don’t know the offense. I’ve gone down that road before, and it’s not fun."