It has been a couple of days since the NFC Championship Game so I couldn’t help thinking about what happened with the Atlanta Falcons and with Matt Ryan. Ryan played his heart out in the first half while giving Atlanta a lead before the Falcons got caught and overtaken in the second half. There is a part of me that wants to place blame on Ryan for what happened, but then there is a piece of me that feels sorry for him.
I’m sure it wasn’t Ryan’s fault on what plays were called in the second half. I thought that Atlanta should have just kept the foot on the gas pedal and kept doing what they did in the first half. They did that to a certain extent but just couldn’t get the same results. The window on the Falcons is beginning to close if ever so slightly. I think Atlanta will be a Super Bowl contender for another 3-4 years so hopefully Ryan and the offense can keep things going for that long.
The team will likely lose Tony Gonzalez to retirement which is a huge blow, but if Roddy White and Julio Jones can stay healthy, Ryan should have enough in the passing game to survive. The running game may suffer if Michael Turner continues to decline in being effective so it could be up to Ryan to throw for 5,000 yards one of these seasons for Atlanta to make a Super Bowl. There are a lot of questions for Ryan to answer this offseason and things to overcome soon.