FalconsIn2012 Posted July 10, 2020 Share Posted July 10, 2020 For a QB who has only twice in 12 years finished outside the top 10 in QBR, it’s shocking how often ESPN, analysts and so called “professionals” will snub Matt Ryan. Heck, even Falcons fans are just as likely to throw shade as they are to compliment the former MVP. As for me, I like Ryan with a chip on his shoulders. Hopefully the ignorant disrespect continues. Matt Ryan Ranks Outside The Top 10 In ESPN's 2020 Quarterback Rankings Panel 1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs Age: 24 | Highest ranking: 1 | Lowest ranking: 4 Nearly 30 voters were polled, and all but one picked Mahomes first overall. "Everything else is a grab bag," one AFC exec said. "He's the face of the league." That was evident by the Chiefs' signing Mahomes to a record 10-year, $450 million extension Monday, with a total package that can push the 12-year pact (he had two years left on his rookie deal) up to $503 million. It's easy to detail Mahomes' dominance statistically and anecdotally: second player to win a Super Bowl and MVP in his first three seasons QB ratings of 113.8 and 105.3 as a two-year starter 304 yards and 2.53 passing touchdowns per game arm talent to complete passes from all bodily contortions leads NFL with 22 touchdown passes of 20-plus yards downfield and 17 touchdown passes on the run since 2018 But the biggest impact is creating big plays when he decides it's time to win -- like uncorking a 44-yarder to Tyreek Hill from deep in the pocket on third-and-long in the Super Bowl. "Talk to 31 defensive coordinators, they'd all say they are least excited about playing this guy," one NFL veteran assistant coach said. "Only getting better with dealing with defenses, too." The Chiefs rave about his relatability and leadership, as well. One knock is unnecessary risk-taking. "Our coach came in our meeting room [before a Chiefs game] and said, 'Listen guys, his model is touchdown or touchback,'" one veteran NFL cornerback said. "He's gonna launch it. You saw it in the Super Bowl. They keep airing it out. So there are chances to get him." 2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks 3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers 4. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans 5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints 6. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens 7. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles 9. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys 10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions 11. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons 12. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers 13. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals This list has generated quite a bit of buzz on Twitter, as one could imagine. The 2016 MVP behind guys like Stafford, Prescott, and Wentz is not exactly...consensus opinion. Not to mention three of the top seven names on the list are well past their prime, but alas. This seems slightly insane, as Ryan has only ranked outside the top-10 in QBR twice in his entire career, and his average finish in QBR over the last five seasons is 7.6. Coming off of a less than spectacular statistical season, one in which the Falcons' offensive line struggled quite a bit in both the passing and the running game, this feels like an overreaction. If the rest of the list catered to younger talent, Ryan being outside the top-10 could make more sense. But Rodgers, Brees and Brady being ranked so favorably for the upcoming season means youth wasn't part of the criteria to receive a high ranking. The story does note that Ryan had more top-10 votes than Stafford, but that Stafford's average rank was slightly higher. Where do you think Matt Ryan should rank on the list? Tim Mazetti 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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