When Ryan was drafted third overall, the Falcons were in bad shape. Michael Vick was in prison at the time and coach Bobby Petrino left Atlanta in the dust and bolted to Arkansas. The Falcons didn’t have any quality QB options and it looked like the team was headed down a bad, bad slope.
Ryan turned Atlanta around.
No Ring, No Credibility?
34-year-old Ryan is way overdue for a ring. And since he doesn’t have one, he doesn’t get the same respect as other NFL Qb’s of his time do. You won’t find him in the top rankings of NFL QB’s. He also keeps to himself, he always has. Very humble and doesn’t ask for attention. Ryan is the type of athlete who does his job every game and doesn’t make a fuss. Except for the occasional picks, but we are all human.
This Instagram caption says it all. Only 10 QB’s in ALL of NFL history have 50,000 passing yards and ‘Matty Ice’ is one of them. A silent, but statistically deadly QB.
Ryan has only missed 3 games since entering the league. The last game he missed was with an ankle sprain during the 2019 season against the Seahawks. Up until then, he hadn’t missed a game since 2009 and was on a 151 regular-season game streak of starts, marking the fifth-longest streak for the position in NFL.
He also is tied for the most comebacks in the fourth-quarter. He only won NFL MVP in 2016, but has been selected for the Pro Bowl four times. Derek Carr hasn’t even been selected as many times and Eli Manning has the same as Ryan.
Ryan unknowingly takes the blame by fans and the media for the Falcons not having a Super Bowl win. Those who blame him simply don’t know how much value he actually brings to the table for the Falcons and the help from the rest of the team he that he doesn’t get.
He has been extremely fortunate to play with some of the most talented receivers over the years such as; Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez. But, he still had to get them the ball and they still had to do their part. Not to mention the defense who has been ranked poorly over the past decade. And when the defense even had a chance in 2018 to be really, really good, injury galore happened.
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NFL’s Most Productive QB
Since signing as a Falcon, Ryan had big shoes to fill after Mike Vicks’ absence. And he did just that, and more. He became the best quarterback in Falcon’s history and is their all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. On top of that, he has also turned into one of the most productive and consistent QBs in the entire NFL, with a rating of 90.
Out of all 30 quarterbacks, Ryan ranks first in yards per attempt (8.12), second in adjusted yards per attempt (8.29), fourth in passer rating (101.2), and has thrown the fifth-most touchdowns (114).
He has been consistently near the top of ESPN’s QB Rating statistics since 2008. Except for 2009 when he was injured.
Just because Ryan doesn’t have a ring doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the most elite QBs to ever exist. This could be the year the Falcons make another Super Bowl appearance if they draft smartly. Either way, Ryan is still going to go down in history as one of the best quarterbacks of all time.