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It's not too often that one gets to use the title of a TV soap opera of my youth, but, after Sunday's announcement, the Atlanta Falcons are sticking their dreams and ambitions on rookie QB Matt Ryan, hoping that the 3rd overall pick of the draft leads them out of the doldrums and makes the Michael Vick saga a distant memory.

To me, it wasn't really a surprise that new HC Mike Smith made the call to go with Ryan, the former Boston College star. The stark realization is that the Falcons are in a rebuilding mode. A first year coach and his freshman signal caller are the cards to allow Atlanta a free pass as far as the likely struggles they and the team will encounter in 2008. However, this observer believes the Falcons' down time may not be all that extensive.

For one thing, Ryan is used to winning. The Eagles program won 39 games over the last 4 seasons. Ryan, despite a modest supporting cast, threw for over 4,500 yards and 31 touchdowns in his senior season. Scouts and others "in the know" were amazed at his ability to lead guys of his age or older. He's already gained the trust and respect of those in the Falcons locker room, which has to be a huge edge, as opposed to those who thought their talent was enough (Matt Leinart ring a bell?)

Showing poise beyond his years, Ryan also made it a point to acknowledge that he learned from and took elements from the 3 other QB's currently on the roster (Joey Harrington, Chris Redman and D.J. Shockley.) It's always said that a football team's a family and, like any unit, there may be a brother or sister that's always more talented or smarter than the sibling, but that special person always makes their sibling feel wanted and respected. Ryan's done that here.

The performance thus far has been very good. Ryan's completed over 60% of his passes for 277 yards and a pair of scores. From what I've seen from his days at B.C. and in the pre-season thus far, Ryan is quick to set up, getting into his drops quickly. There's no wasted motion, and with his quick release, gets the ball off quickly and accurately. Some veteran QB's might envy the rookie's poise and arm strength.

Redman's a savvy vet who had a nice run at the end of last year, but he's not a long term answer. Harrington's an unlikely role model for Ryan; how NOT to perform like the 3rd overall pick (Joey was in 3rd overall in 2002), who's now with his 3rd team in 7 years, while Shockley's been hurt and, in this observer's estimation, a good college QB at best. Thus, Smith, new G.M. Thomas Dimitroff and owner Arthur Blank have put a lot of faith in their rookie QB, as it's Matt Ryan's "hope" to succeed in Atlanta.

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The performance thus far has been very good. Ryan's completed over 60% of his passes for 277 yards and a pair of scores. From what I've seen from his days at B.C. and in the pre-season thus far, Ryan is quick to set up, getting into his drops quickly. There's no wasted motion, and with his quick release, gets the ball off quickly and accurately. Some veteran QB's might envy the rookie's poise and arm strength.

Those of you who haven't seen the game should be aware; that in the second half of the game, the TITANS broadcast team did a split screen of Matt Ryan and his throwing motion and compared it to Vince Young. They were DROOLING over Matts "textbook" form and quick release. Their opinion was that Vince needs to become more consistant "like that."

I about busted a gut laughing.

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