“Matt’s been a franchise leader for us. A great quarterback. One of the leading quarterbacks in the last 13 years in the NFL. So I hope he’s gonna be part of our plans going forward. But that will be a decision that I won’t make — part of it will be up to the player and part of it will be up to the coaching staff. " - Arthur Blank
Although many fans don't want to admit it, Ryan's play is rapidly declining. He has the best oline he's had in recent memory, maybe ever. He has one of the best trio of WR's in the league, a solid former first round pick TE, and a healthy Todd Gurley who's shown he can be dynamic when he's gotten his touches. As a matter of fact, the entire offense is full of 1st rounders (with the exception of Gage) and he's looked average at best. His mechanics have been abysmal causing him to miss countless throws including 2 missed TD's to Hurst in the past 2 weeks alone. Let's face it, outside of 2016 with Shanny as OC Matt's been a career stat padder. He's not a playmaker in the likes of Mahomes, Brady, Rodgers, Wilson, etc. I'm not the guy who's blaming our 0-5 start entirely on Matt Ryan, but I also realize he's been a part of the problem. He still has at least 4 good years left (see Brees, Brady, Rivers), which is why now couldn't be a better time to get compensation for the future staff to work with. Yes, I'm all aboard the Trevor Lawrence train as you might have guessed. I won't crown the kid (to quote Dennis Green) but he's certainly looked like the best QB in college football for the past 3 years, even beating Fields in a matchup on the game's biggest stage (which is why I give the advantage to Lawrence). He's got the arm, football IQ, and athleticism to be a true playmaker at the next level. The latter of which is absolutely essential in today's NFL. However, I realize the real possibility we'll miss out on Lawrence given how teams like the Jets and Giants have somehow managed to be just as bad as us. It's for this very reason, that we should look to trade Ryan to a QB needy team in exchange for draft capital to move up in the draft if need be (since the Falcons are prime to go 11-0 in these situations). Lastly, for those that like to say "Matt's the best QB the franchise has ever had" my response would be "Does that speak more about the front office than Ryan?"
My avatar may give away my appreciation for Julio. I've been a huge fan since we drafted him back in 2011. I remember being much younger at the time and thinking we were Super Bowl bound for getting him 😂. I'll even admit that I'm as biased as they come when it comes to #11. He can make the biggest mistakes and I'll always come back with the excuses. So it pains me to say, that it's time to move on. His best years are behind him and the Super Bowl window has closed. 2016 was a long time ago and we're officially in rebuilding mode as we try to clean up the mess Quinn made. You don't think so? We have a DE who can't stay healthy and who's 5th year option we declined, a below average FS who's really a CB (conversion gone wrong), a total bust at CB, a SS who hasn't been able to stay healthy (fingers crossed), an underperforming DE we picked up in FA who's on pace for 4 sacks on the season, an average NT who's been playing poor so far, and an unproven rookie CB. Dealing Julio would net us at least 1 first round pick and probably a mid-rounder which would go a long way in addressing these holes. Also, the emergence of Ridley as a true #1 receiver is another reason this trade should happen. Ridley had been torching opponents all season except vs GB where had it not been for 2 poor throws from Ryan the storyline would've been completely different. Also, if there's any position I have confidence in the scouting team to find, it's a WR. We've been good in that department for a very long time. Draft a guy in the 2nd or 3rd round and call it a day.
The Falcons end up with 2 extra 1st round picks and a few mid-rounders for their new coaching staff on a roster that's already loaded with talent, especially on offense.
2021 NFL Draft
2nd Overall Pick - Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson
6th Overall Pick via Jags (Matt) - Gregory Roussaeu, DE Miami
9th Overall Pick via Dolphins (JJ) - Patrick Surtain II, CB Alabama
2nd and 3rd rounders - FS, WR (BPA)
The Falcons continue to play like they've been and they'll get the 1st or 2nd overall pick. Not saying it will or will not happen knowing their history, but as it stands now that's where they'll be picking. Minshew Mania ends in Jacksonville and they realize they need a proven QB - insert Matt. The Falcons take Roussaeu out of Miami who although he's the top defender on the big board right now, we all know a lot can change by April. The Falcons find a trade partner in the Dolphins to give their future QB in Tua a reliable option to throw to for the next few years. The Falcons select Patrick Surtain II to immediately replace Oliver. Shawn Wade is also an option here. Big, physical corner out of Ohio St who seems to be making CB's in a lab up in Columbus (Lattimore, Ward, Okudah).