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  1. What was Matt Ryan's passer rating and QBR? I haven't seen it posted or heard anything. I was under the impression that if he scored above 120.5 passer rating that he would set a new record for my passer rating above that in a season or most consecutive. Help please.
  2. ATLANTA — To appreciate the magnitude of what we saw Sunday in the last football game ever at the Georgia Dome, we must consider what was happening in this city the April day Matt Ryan was drafted in 2008. I was there that weekend. Michael Vick was not. He was in federal prison in Kansas, serving nearly two years for animal cruelty. But the city not only hadn’t forgotten him; many in the city were keeping his seat warm and wanted him as their quarterback when he finished doing his time. I remember the day before the draft walking through a mall and thinking, “All these people with Vick jerseys or T-shirts supporting him … amazing.” So when Ryan got picked third overall by new GM Thomas Dimitroff, it was a new start. But some locals seemed unmoved. An Atlanta TV sports anchor, Gil Tyree, told me on draft day 2008 that Vick “is a messiah here. … No matter what Matt Ryan will do, he’ll never be accepted.” Yikes. Now to Sunday, and the 44-21 beatdown of the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, leading to the second Super Bowl appearance for the Falcons in their history. As Ryan compiled a four-touchdown, 392-yard game in the biggest game of his nine-year career, three times the crowd in the Dome rained down chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!” Six straight games without an interception … Heavy favorite to win the NFL MVP on Feb. 4 … Crowd screaming for him as he left the field like New York screamed for the Beatles in 1964. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images Matt Ryan is headed to his first Super Bowl and the Atlanta franchise’s second overall. The screams and chants sounded a lot like acceptance to me. This seemed a cruel time to remind Ryan of that day and the words of the sports anchor in 2008, but in a quiet moment at his locker after the game, I did. This is not a topic Ryan wants to revisit. In nine years at the helm of this team, nobody’s ever seen Ryan sweat. He says the right things, does the right things, works the right way. But he understood the gravity of this day, and what he’d accomplished under such initial pressure. Vick electrified this town like few athletes have, but Ryan has taken the franchise farther than Vick ever did. No matter what Matt Ryan will do, he’ll never be accepted. Ryan said quietly: “Some things you don’t forget.” That was it. But others took up Ryan’s cause. “Matt’s created great memories in this Dome,” said Dimitroff, who made Ryan the first pick of his tenure. “Back then, when Matt was drafted, the doubts were there. But he’s evolved and stayed above it all.” “That’s a long time ago,’’ said receiver and returned Eric Weems, who was a Falcon when Ryan was drafted and who knew the tenor in the city. “If people are still holding grudges, and I doubt there are, it’s on them. I can tell you Matt’s my quarterback. Matt’s our quarterback. I love him.” The best teams are often forged through difficult times. Ryan was drafted the year after Bobby Petrino pulled one of the all-time classless coaching moves, quitting with two games left in the 2007 season to take a college job. Ryan had some shaky playoff games, but Dimitroff and Blank were unwavering in their support. Blank, wisely, held onto Dimitroff—a strong scout—when he fired Mike Smith two years ago and hired Dan Quinn as coach. Ryan has gotten excellent coaching from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan over the past two years, and Quinn’s definitive demands for every position on the field allowed Dimitroff and key personnel men Scott Pioli and Steve Sabo to know exactly what to scout. Two excellent drafts and good free-agent finds (Alex Mack, Mohamed Sanu), and here we are—an Atlanta-New England Super Bowl. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images On Sunday, the Falcons defense was able to do what no other team could do the past two months: Keep Aaron Rodgers in check. Two things I notice about Ryan’s game under Shanahan: He’s more comfortable as an athlete—that 14-yard touchdown run against Green Bay, his first TD run since 2012, showed he’s not a lumberjng runner, but a competent one. “There was nobody to account for the quarterback,” Ryan said. “And everybody's backs are turned playing coverage, playing man‐to‐man coverage. Just saw a lane open up.” In the past, Ryan likely would have stuck in the pocket, looking at his third and fourth targets. “Matt’s been a grinder, getting his mental right,” is how Weems put it. Ryan is better at play-action and run fakes, a more complete player who doesn’t think being a pocket quarterback means you actually have to be in the pocket all the time, surveying the field seven steps behind center. I loved his first touchdown pass Sunday, which was a combination of Steve Young and Brett Favre. On Atlanta’s first drive of the game, from the Packer two-yard line, Ryan took off to his left near the goal line and it looked like he’d run it in. But then he threw a one-hand shovel pass to Sanu for a touchdown. I just don’t think that’s the kind of thing he’d have been comfortable doing pre-Shanahan. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Against New England, the more multiple a quarterback can be, the better. You saw how Bill Belichick and defensive boss Matt Patricia began to neutralize Le’Veon Bell even before he got hurt in the AFC game by taking away those creases in the defensive front that Bell uses so wisely. The Patriots find what you do well and find a couple of ways to combat it. No doubt that Shanahan today and tomorrow will be all over New England tape trying to play Spy Vs. Spy, figuring what the Patriots will do if the Falcons do such-and-such. The last player you’d compare Ryan to is Vick. But in the next two weeks, he’d better get ready for it. During the run-ups to Super Bowls, long perspective stories are the order of the day. Vick, 2001: thrills and chills, a roller coaster, but didn’t work overall. Ryan, 2008: by the book, outworking everyone, in the Super Bowl. The Falcons, and Ryan, have been rewarded, and a date with Tom Brady is the result. * * * We Could Use a Great Game in No. 267 Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images The Pats and Falcons haven’t played since a Sept. 29, 2013, meeting at the Georgia Dome. After 256 regular-season games and 10 in the playoffs, the NFL season comes down to game number 267 in Houston, Super Bowl LI between Atlanta and New England. I love the game, because there’s so much new and interesting about Atlanta (particularly on defense, where seven of the 12 “starters,” including third corner Brian Poole, are first or second-year players), and because there’s so much historical stuff on the line for New England. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick could become the first QB-coach duo in history to win five Super Bowls. Brady could be the first quarterback in history to win five Super Bowls. It could be a momentous night in Houston 13 days from now. And it’s new for the teams too. Of Atlanta’s 53-man roster, 37 players weren’t Falcons the last time these two teams met, a 30-23 win for New England at the Georgia Dome in 2013. It’s fresh for them, fresh for the players and coaches. I loved Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s reaction when, just before I recorded a podcast conversation with him Sunday night in the Falcons’ equipment office at the Georgia Dome, I told him it looked like the Super Bowl foe would be New England. “Good,” he said. Not because he’s a cocky glutton for punishment, but because he wants to play the best. That sounds nuts, but what coach who considers himself a really good coach wouldn’t want to match wits with Bill Belichick and his staff in the game of the year? http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/01/23/super-bowl-51-matt-ryan-falcons-tom-brady-patriots-nfl-peter-king
  3. Would guys be okay if after winning the SB, Matt Ryan says, 'I'm going to Six Flags...keep it home Atlanta?!' That would make me get a tattoo of Matt Ryan and I don't have one of my wife yet.
  4. OK, guys, I just published this article. I will post everything here, but please give the link some clicks, and let me know what you think. http://atlantasportspage.org/matt-ryans-1-4-playoff-record-is-meaningless-in-2017/ Matt Ryan's 1-4 Playoff Record Is Meaningless in 2017 “Perception and reality are two different things” – Tom Cruise Matt Ryan has a reputation. Matt Ryan is a playoff choker, and everyone knows it! Do they? Coming off one of the greatest quarterbacking seasons in NFL history, way more than a minority have reportedly predetermined playoff failure for the Falcons, simply because of Ryan’s 1-4 record in the postseason. While it may sound safe to bet against Ryan and the Falcons, it’s risky business. “Experts” and analysts who put their chips on “Playoff Eli” this past weekend walked away with empty pockets, for good reason. It may have served as an interesting conversation point, but Eli’s previous playoff record ultimately had no bearing on the Giants’ playoff hopes. The truth, if you can handle it, is that Matt Ryan’s 1-4 playoff record is also meaningless in 2017, and here are three reasons why: Things Are Not Always as They Appear (A Tale of Three Quarterbacks) The chart below lists the numbers of three quarterbacks after five playoff games. Of the three, two have won NFL Championships and have a winning playoff record. Quarterback Passer Rating* Pass Yards TD/INT YPA* A 88.4 873 6/4 6.89 B 84.3 1230 9/7 6.56 C 45.0 660 1/6 5.33 *Represents the average on a per game basis. I’m sure you will have guessed that two of the three quarterbacks are Matt Ryan and Eli Manning. Manning is QB A and Ryan is QB B. Quarterback C is Joe Flacco. As you can see, his numbers are so shockingly bad that it would lead you to expect a winless playoff record; they are night and day compared to Ryan’s! Even so, Flacco was perceived by many to be a good playoff quarterback, and everyone knows Ryan underperforms. This perception is based solely upon a win-loss record that, in hindsight, is usually placed completely upon the shoulder of the quarterback, with little to no context. Although Manning and Flacco made their fair share of mistakes, both the Giants and Ravens teams were good enough to overcome them and each win three out of five, respectively. Dan Quinn’s Falcons are not Mike Smith’s Falcons. In contrast, the Mike Smith led Falcons simply were not good enough to go into Arizona during Ryan’s rookie season and beat Kurt Warner and a Cardinals team that came a toe-nail shy of the Lombardi. (Ryan played admirably considering rookie QBs usually don’t perform so well in the playoffs.) No, these Falcons simply were not good enough to stop Aaron Rodgers in one of the greatest playoff performances in NFL history. Context cannot be overstated. Would anyone pick Trent Dilfer (5-1) over Peyton Manning, who was 2-3 after five playoff games? Highly doubtful. But, this is essentially the same type of logic as picking Eli over Ryan in 2017. However, picking the Ravens team that was quarterbacked by Dilfer over a Colts team quarterbacked by Peyton is altogether a different story. Therefore, everyone’s focus should be upon whether the 2016-2017 Falcons coached by Dan Quinn are a better team than any under Mike Smith, and any opponents they will play this season. There are only four other players than Matt Ryan that are still on the roster since the end of the 2012 season, the last time the Falcons played in a playoff game. Those players are Jonathan Babineaux, Matt Bryant, Sean Weatherspoon (IR), and Julio Jones, who was drafted as a direct result of the embarrassing loss at home in 2011 to the Packers. Quinn and the Falcons’ front office seemed to make all the right moves last offseason, assembling a team that arguably is more talented than any team guided by Mike Smith. In route to becoming an historically great offense, the defense, while still young and experiencing growing pains, features a rugged and physical style of play. The Falcons are a very aggressive team under Dan Quinn; they were a very conservative team under Mike Smith. Considering these differences, it just simply is not a fair argument to count on these past playoff losses as a gauge of future results. 2017 Matt Ryan is the best version yet. When looking at Ryan’s career, three years stand out. He had a phenomenal season for a rookie, which led to some awfully high expectations, but besides the quantum leap this season, Ryan’s numbers improved drastically from previous years only in 2012. That year he threw for more touchdowns (32), had a higher passer rating (99.1), and yards per attempt (7.67) than ever before. Ryan’s progress translated to the playoffs, as he led his team to a last second come from behind victory over the Seahawks at home. Against San Francisco, he threw for 396 yards, 3 TDs against 1 INT, averaged 9.43 YPA, and finished with a passer rating of 114.8. It was his best playoff game yet, and had Harry Douglas not tripped over his own feet, you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now. Even though Ryan also had a fumbled snap in that game, Ryan’s performance was worthy of a win. As good as that Ryan was, Ryan v.2017 was a machine. The Iceman was the NFL’s top gun. being named to the AP All-Pro first team and making a firm case to be voted MVP of the league. I won’t overload you with the well-known broken records and stats, but it is worth restating that Matt Ryan had one of the best quarterback seasons of all time, and because Ryan’s elevated level of play translated into the playoffs in 2012, is there any logical reason to suspect that this will not happen again? The Year of the Falcon? Looking at everything objectively, the “Matt Ryan can’t win in the playoffs” argument should have been put to bed after the 2012 season, but that doesn’t make for the most entertaining sound bytes. Now, I can’t tell you if the Falcons will accomplish mission impossible. What I can do is remind everyone that both Aaron Rodgers (3) and Eli Manning (4) have multiple seasons of being ousted after one game, and Peyton Manning finally got his ring even when people were betting against him because of past playoff losses. I can also tell you that Flacco eventually drastically improved his play in postseason, and came away with the title. It doesn’t take a lot of guts to bet against Matt Ryan and the Falcons, but it does take a lot of bias and an unbalanced view of history. Personally, I’m betting that this is the season Ryan and the Falcons blast that bias into oblivion.
  5. Listened on my way to work this morning, and it was a pretty good segment. Talked about the offense, the support system in the front office coming in after the Vick scandal. There was a lot of interesting info there, I recommend a listen for any one interested.
  6. http://www.richeisenshow.com/2017/01/03/ Click on Hour 2. It's about 7 to 8 minutes in, but you may want to start earlier for context. Matt Ryan is going to be on it tomorrow FYI.
  7. "..,.yeah, he should be MVP I guess, but he is one brain fart away from an interception...." SO all of the other 31 QB's that have the same "brain fart" (eloquent) must throw for 6 then?
  8. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000765396/article/position-rankings-matt-ryan-leads-mvp-candidates Finally some respect for Matt, good job by Chris Wesseling.
  9. Here what the tiers mean: Tier 1: Can carry his team each week. Team wins because of him. Tier 2: Can carry team sometimes but not as consistently. Tier 3: Legit starter but needs heavy run game/defense to win. Tier 4: Might not want this guy starting all 16 games. Tier 5: Do not think this guy should be starting. Tier 1: 1a. Tom Brady. 1b. Aaron Rodgers 3. Big Ben Tier 2: 4. Cam Newton5. Drew Brees 6. Russel Wilson 7. Andrew Luck 8. Philip Rivers 9. Eli Manning 10. Carson Palmer 11. Tony Romo 12. Joe Flacco 13. Matt Ryan 14. Matthew Stafford15. Andy Dalton Tier 3: 16. Derek Carr 17. Jameis Winston 18. Alex Smith 19. Marcus Mariota 20. Kirk Cousins 21. Jay Cutler 22. Blake Bortles 23. Teddy Bridgewater 24. Ryan Tannehill 25. Ryan Fitzpatrick26. Tyrod Taylor27. Brock Osweiler28. Sam Bradford Tier 4 29. Colin Kaepernick30. Blaine Gabbert 31. Mark Sanchez32. RG333. Case Kennum More information in the link. http://itsbx.com/redirect/?url=http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/2016-nfl-qb-tier-rankings/story?id=41230629
  10. Our defense is straight azz, no arguments here. But our QB, is straight fire. Let's here it for Matt mother effing Ryan. Number 2 in your programs, number 1 in your hearts.
  11. Vote: Who is the early pick for MVP? http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/218227/vote-who-is-the-early-pick-for-mvp Go Vote! Alabama, Russia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Boliva, Argentina, and GA says MR so far!
  12. Every week I will comment on one, two, or maybe three things to take away from the Falcons game, win or lose. So, what can fans take to the bank after the Falcons 26-24 loss on the road to the Seattle Seahawks? Let's skip over the obvious fact that this year's 4-2 Falcons are better than last year's 5-1 Falcons which is something everyone that has watched the games can agree upon. $$$$$ Matt Ryan must now be considered in the upper echelon of QBs. (a.) What we witnessed on Sunday was a QB who exalted his level of play after taking a beating in the first half. Coaches consider affecting the QB as one of the biggest factors in successful defense. It's simply because good and even great QBs' level of play decline under heavy duress. Ryan showed Sunday that he can take a beating and come back cool as a cucumber. He passed the eyeball test. (b.) Since 2012, there are only a handful of QBs that have thrown for as similar yards and/or TDs as Ryan against Seattle's defense: Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, and Matthew Stafford. (Stafford was at home when they faced Seattle in 2012, but went for only 203 and 0 TDs in Seattle last season.) Of those QBs, Matt Ryan had the highest passer rating game at 102.8. Simply put, Ryan had a day against this pass defense that many QBs have never had, including Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, and the list goes on. After back to back road games versus two of the best defenses in the NFL, Ryan still lead the NFL in yards, YPA, and passer rating. (c.) Matt Ryan is averaging 9.9 YPA this year. This is truly a special number, and it means he is attacking deep and connecting way more than he ever has before. His career YPA is 7.3, and for comparison Russell Wilson is tied with Steve Young for fourth all-time career at 8.0 YPA. Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers, and Ben Roethlisberger are tied at 7.9 YPA. (Others: Philip Rivers, 7.8; Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Joe Montana come in at 7.5 YPA. Tom Brady averaged 8.6 YPA the year he had Randy Moss at WR.) If you look at Ryan's performance since his rookie year, you will see that he improved almost each year, but the year Koetter arrived, Ryan took a more noticeable leap. His Comp%, TDs, and YPA got better. However, after 2012, Ryan's ascension stopped. In 2013, Todd McClure retired and the running game completely fell off. Coincidence? Likely not.
  13. Happy b day to the Leader of this squad! Rise up like I know you can!
  14. Call the 2015 version of Matt Ryan a "broke down, broke ***" version of a QB?
  15. I don't understand why people are hating on Matt Ryan. Sure, he is making some bone-head decisions but at some point, all QBs do. When we were looking for a coach, many people wanted Rex Ryan because he was a strong defensive-minded coach and all we had to do offensively was patch up a few holes on the O-line and we'd be "great". Now a new OC has our offense looking worse than we ever have, our run game is still inconsistent even with a better RB, our play calling is predictable, outright dumb at times and we barely run the no huddle. All of a sudden it's our consistent QB's fault that is usually near top of the list in yardage, completions, TDs and come from behind wins? Our play action is non-existent, our best receiver is dropping passes, or 2nd and 3rd options are crossing routes or not getting the ball because the line can't give Matt enough time...Kyle has Matt Ryan rolling out like he's Russell Wilson.... and can we run a freaking screen once in a while? (not that BS wide receiver screen that never works, either) All those who want Matt Ryan benched/ traded need to sit down somewhere and be quiet cause "that's my quarterback" (in my best T.O. voice)
  16. Matt Ryan never seems to get any roughing the passer calls.Clay Matthews had a head lock on him and dragged him over another player and there was nothing. If this would have been Brady or Brees that player would have probably been thrown out of the game! Slight exaggeration there sorry. But really i'd love to know why the refs never see him getting hit late or too high.
  17. The Offense, at least will have a leader to follow into WAR. For now. The Defense... Without WillyMo, Who is gonna step up and be a leader?? IM CALLING OUT THE ENTIRE TEAM. WE NEED LEADERS!!! Best wishes to Joe Hawley. Thanks for playing your @ss off. Lamar Holmes, you were making great strides. Keep your head up. WillyMo... We need you. Get better soon! **Pouring a shot...**
  18. We always hear talk about explosive plays. 20+ yards. We also saw many ppl bash Ryan about jus lack of explosive plays. I noticed yesterday 2 things. Matt Ryan had 9 plays of 20+ yards. Explosive. Drew only had 2. They both had 1 of 40+. Now before anybody says anything the second thing is the 2 Drew Brees had. This is not a knock on Drew but a kudos to our defense for limiting big plays. Even tho Drew torched us he did the damage underneath mostly because our defense, more notably our secondary(Tru, Alf, Willy Mo, and Lowery) limited the deep ball. I think this is something to build on. We won't be playing the saints every week so they won't be giving up yards like that every game but if they keep limiting the explosive plays and our offense keeps making them we could make a good push. Thoughts??
  19. Matt Ryan Is the first Football player on the list coming in at #10. Made all his money this year in signing bonuses no doubt but just thought it was interesting... I dont mean to make this into a "Matt Ryan makes too much money booooo he's not elite" thread because IMO he is worth every penny.... For the haters: Joe Flacco. Our QB was the # 10 paid athlete this year, just think thats pretty cool Link: http://www.forbes.co...st/#tab:overall
  20. 11/36, 120 yards, 0 TDs, 4 interceptions. My guess he starts the game off by throwing it deep, only for it to get intercepted by Revis. Then he goes back to playing it safe by dumping it off to SJ. I only say 4 interceptions because he will be benched by the 4th quarter.
  21. Well nobody on the team is really proving valuable at the moment...nonetheless if you had to pick one who? I would have to say Bosher, he's gunning guys down, and he's 2/2 on onside kicks. And you all were mad that we spent a draft pick on him!
  22. Go out and get sacked 4-5+ times, hurried and hit god knows how many, and NOT throw interceptions to a defense playing this tough. You internet warriors should drink drain-o... never seen so much stupidity in my life. MR would die if he didn't release the ball in under 2 seconds.
  23. I have been a Falcons fan for some time now and I am not sure what is going on with our fans. We lost a game to an average team and so what. It is football and thats the best part of it because anyone can beat anyone. Instead of crying and whining, how about we make the dome LOUDER than it ever was. Win or Lose be loud on every down not only on 3rd down. Take a look at Seahawks fans and how loud they get. They are breaking records along with their team. I believe we can RISE UP and shut down Tom Brady. We the fans can be the 12th player on the field that causes chaos for Mr.Tom Brady. There is no need to look back and be negative. Lets go 13-0 and believe we can do it! Lets boost the confidence of our team by showing up early to the dome and start being loud from the second they get on the field. I AM READY for Gisele
  24. thank you matt ryan for all your 4th quarter comebacks. you came up a little short today, but the fact is that the HC is a defensive coach who blows 17+ point leads in the second half. all us falcons fans know you are busting your butt to get us into the playoffs and you have taken some brutal hits, so we as falcons fans just want to thank you for winning games coming from behind to save a coach who is a former defensive coordinator that has no clue how to retain a lead. thank you matt ryan for keeping Mike Smith from keeping us 6-10 every year. stay healthy and please keep covering up smitty's incompetence.
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