McMVP Posted January 9, 2012 Share Posted January 9, 2012 First I want to say I feel for you guys on the loss. I was rooting for Atl yesterday...obviously.I see it didn't take long for the standard "it's the QB" vs "it's the OC" vs "it's the oline" debate to go into overdrive. Some, who defend one of the three aggressively, are clever enough to blame the other two elements. Others are not as wise and stick to blasting just one of the three (in the process assuming the Falcons are the first team in NFL history to be perfect in every area; save one).The fact of the matter is it's a little bit of everything. Sure one area may get the most blame over the others, and deservedly so...I get that part. But I think the problem with the Falcons is a bit of everything....I'm not ready, nor do I think it matters who I say is in the lead in the 'blame game'.The issue, despite whether he's the main issue or not, is what the Falcons should do with Ryan's contract...let it be or extend? It's a tough one. I've always liked Ryan. I think he's one of those guys that if there is an upside, he'll find it. I will admit that I thought he would've been further along at this point than he is. But that's not to say where he is is 'a bad place', I just really had higher expectations...which is another thing people forget to consider (opinions on results are largely based on preconceived expectations). And just because he isn't where McMVP thought he would be right now, it doesn't mean he sucks...nor does it mean he's average (to tell you the truth, I don't even know what average is for a QB in today's NFL...the rules and game have changed too much to even have an accurate barometer at this point. But what makes the contract decision difficult is the success other young QBs have had recently...GMs consider that...its the same rules and game changes that have allowed these younger QBs to succeed so fast. So taking a risk on a young QB is easier than it used to be. The question of whether to let them sit or learn by playing is easier too...throw them out there....the league set the rules for the QB position to succeed...show us what you got. The issue with Ryan is whether the Falcons believe he will take another step forward, or if he's as high as he will go....I wouldn't want their decision. Saying goodbye to Ryan doesn't guarantee instant improvement. You aren't talking about a bust here...not by a very long shot. I'm not even certain of his contract details...I'd guess he has another 2 years left...so the 2012 season is really the decision year (if they plan on keeping him)...Now all that said... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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