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No doubts that Ryan is the man

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Jeff Schultz; Staff , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Updated Sep 21, 2010 6:54 AM ET

Since 2008, Matt Ryan has gone from being a semi-embraced, first-round draft pick (remember Glenn Dorsey?), to a franchise savior (playoffs!), to just pretty good, to having questionable arm strength, to being an opening-week loser to Dennis Dixon in Pittsburgh, to mounting doubts about his career and one NFL media outlet whispering that the Falcons were "having doubts" about him.

So did the room just stop spinning?

If Ryan cemented neither his legacy nor the Falcons' fate this season, he at least calmed nerves and muzzled critics Sunday.

He threw a touchdown pass on the Falcons' first possession. He was the model of efficiency, completing 21 of 32 passes for 225 yards, three touchdowns with zero interceptions.

Ryan and the Falcons did what good quarterbacks and good teams are supposed to do: They followed a fizzle on opening week at Pittsburgh with a dominating performance over an outmatched opponent: 444 yards in offense and a 41-7 body slam of Arizona at the Georgia Dome.

Now he's the greatest quarterback in the history of the world again.

When Ryan was asked how he handled the week, with doubts swirling around for really the first time in his career, he responded: "The biggest thing is to remain consistent in your routine. In this position, there's going to be a lot thrown at you. You need to have tunnel vision and remain focused on what's important, and the big thing is understanding what's important."

Then he added, as if confirming the tunnel vision: "To be honest I didn't hear too much about it. So that probably helped."

Let's be clear about something: Ryan wasn't awful in Pittsburgh. He just wasn't as good as he needed to be.

As Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, including Ryan in this analysis: "There was a sense of urgency we didn't have in the Pittsburgh game. We have high expectations and we need to back it up with that sense of want and urgency that we talked about in the offseason."

Ryan took charge Sunday. Granted, nobody would confuse the Cardinals' defense with the Steelers'. But Ryan was significantly better, even after losing his starting running back (Michael Turner) and a backup (Jerious Norwood). He found wide receiver Roddy White on second-and-goal from the Cards' 7 for the first touchdown. He then completed five of seven passes and drew an interference call on the second touchdown (a pass underneath coverage to the NFL's sudden Fantasy League hero, Jason Snelling).

Early in the third quarter, just three plays after rookie William Moore's interception set up the Falcons at the Arizona 14, Ryan fired a bullet into the end zone for Brian Finneran to increase the lead to 31-7. That pretty much shut the door on this one, and presumably it also will smother some of the nonsense for now.

Earlier in the week, the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported that some within the Falcons' organization were "having doubts" about Ryan. (Noteworthy: Lombardi also reported in the offseason that the Falcons were in trade talks with San Diego for linebacker Shawne Merriman, which proved baseless.)

Dimitroff smiled when asked about the Ryan report. "All I can tell you is it didn't come from myself or [coach] Mike Smith," he said. "Do I need to say anything else?"

He did: "It's ridiculous to think there's concerns."

Teammates noticed no difference in Ryan's preparation during the week. White said: "When people said they were doubting him, I was like, 'Off one game?' I don't know the last time somebody scored 30-something points on the Pittsburgh Steelers."

Dimitroff said Ryan's reaction to the relative tumult confirmed what the Falcons thought of him before the draft.

"Matt knows this is an ever-evolving stage and he isn't affected by it, and that's one of the reasons we wanted him as our quarterback," he said. "We know there are growing pains in the NFL, and those growing pains don't stop in Year 2."

At least we know it will be a quieter week.

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I can understand when the trolls come out after a bad game, and I can understand the legitimate posters who have concerns about Ryan's game, but Lombardi should have known better.

Yeah and it surprised me cause the trolls and Lombardi didn't even seem to watch the game. Ryan played well, he did not play bad in any way shape or form. One mistake which was really and amazing play by Troy and it seemed people thought the world would crumble.

look at some of the QB stats going against Pitt last year, 61% completion rate and 252 yard with only one INT was pretty good against Pitt's defense. And we still almost won that game it's not like it was a blowout.

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Yeah and it surprised me cause the trolls and Lombardi didn't even seem to watch the game. Ryan played well, he did not play bad in any way shape or form. One mistake which was really and amazing play by Troy and it seemed people thought the world would crumble.

look at some of the QB stats going against Pitt last year, 61% completion rate and 252 yard with only one INT was pretty good against Pitt's defense. And we still almost won that game it's not like it was a blowout.

Well he didn't have a good game this past week. MM relied heavily on the run and Ryan simply tossed 5-8 yrd hook routes the entire game. THe jump ball to Finn should have been int'd and it was a 3yrd dump off and snelling went 20 yrds for a TD.

Ryan still played scared, it was painful as Sunday night will be. The pitt game, in crunchtime, ryan floated another telegraphed weak pass and Troy picked it. You all make it seem like he made some magical play to pick it off but it wasn't, just a simple play after Ryan made another poor decision.

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Yeah and it surprised me cause the trolls and Lombardi didn't even seem to watch the game. Ryan played well, he did not play bad in any way shape or form. One mistake which was really and amazing play by Troy and it seemed people thought the world would crumble.

look at some of the QB stats going against Pitt last year, 61% completion rate and 252 yard with only one INT was pretty good against Pitt's defense. And we still almost won that game it's not like it was a blowout.

Ryan also missed 4-5 throws he has to make in the Pitt game. Made more than one mistake- but the idea the falcons were doubting him is still just silly.

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how do you ignore people?

Look at the top of the page- should have a line that says :"Signed in as illest_will", keep going on that line, it'll say "manage ignored users", click on that, scroll down to the bottom of the page, there'll be a place to add a member's name. Add his name, save changes and you never have to look at the person's posts again.

If you ignore the troll in this thread, you'll probably have to refresh the page to see the results.

I don't put many on ignore, just those who never contribute anything.

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Well he didn't have a good game this past week. MM relied heavily on the run and Ryan simply tossed 5-8 yrd hook routes the entire game. THe jump ball to Finn should have been int'd and it was a 3yrd dump off and snelling went 20 yrds for a TD.

Ryan still played scared, it was painful as Sunday night will be. The pitt game, in crunchtime, ryan floated another telegraphed weak pass and Troy picked it. You all make it seem like he made some magical play to pick it off but it wasn't, just a simple play after Ryan made another poor decision.

Not to be mean, but you sound like an idiot who didn't watch the game, and have no concept of what NFL football is all about.

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