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Matt Ryan One of the Best at beating the Blitz


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Matt Ryan has been criticised on this board about his lack of mobility and many have purported that our QB struggles against the blitz.  This is simply not true.


Matt Ryan is quietly building a very good year, albeit one that isn’t good enough on the surface to garner many votes for a second straight MVP award. The important thing, though, is that he’s playing well enough to win these Falcons games, and they need to win a lot of games coming up here.

One of the ways Ryan has been able to find success this year is when teams blitz him. Part of that is strong pass protection (though not always), and part of it is his innate ability to make defenses pay for leaving guys open. So far this year, he’s the third best quarterback in the NFL when opposing defenses blitz, behind the always great Russell Wilson and the suddenly good Jared Goff.

Quartebacks versus the Blitz:
Russell Wilson                 115.9
Jared Goff                        115.7
Matt Ryan                        107.7
Case Keenum                  106.0
Kirk Cousins                    105.7

Unfortunately for the Falcons, the Seahawks have blitzed at a below-average rate for a while now. They blitzed on about 25% of their snaps in 2016 versus the league average of about 30%, and that trend has largely continued in 2017. The pass rush has not been hyper-effective on a weekly basis, however, which means Carroll may dial up a few more blitzes this week against Atlanta. If he does, Matt Ryan will be ready for them.

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30 minutes ago, blackredfellow said:

Yup, he sure has, and rarely gets recognized for it. In fact, I couldn't tell you how many times i've heard idiot talking heads saying you gotta blitz Ryan to take him off his game. Wrong.

I always lol when they say that.  I want them to blitz Matt.

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Sadly, too many people blame the QB on the success or failure from a blitz. The OL and RB's play a big part in this. 

Up until last season we have really never had a stellar pass blocking OL.  But we saw last year just how well Matt can be when the OL is playing in harmony. Remember how many 20+ yard completions we had last year? That one extra second given Matt yielded MVP results.

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