The Atlanta Falcons continue to make strides towards the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl. Each season has brought them a little closer to this goal, which is good to see, but they cannot be satisfied with what they have achieved if they want to make it to the promised land. This especially holds true for their talented quarterback, Matt Ryan.
Since Ryan joined the team, Atlanta has been one of the toughest regular season teams in the NFL, but they fell flat in the playoffs. The year 2012 finally saw the Falcons win their first playoff game in the Matt Ryan era, but one playoff game is not enough. Ryan needs to continue to progress and take his team to the next level.
Ryan is always tied to Joe Flacco, quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens. The two of them came out of college in the same year. They both took their teams to the playoffs in their first year and they both had continually fallen short of the Super Bowl. In most conversations, Ryan is thought of as the better quarterback, but it was Flacco who led his team to a Super Bowl win earlier this month. If that does not help to motivate Ryan this off season, nothing will.
As the Falcons make moves to adjust their roster over the next couple of months, Ryan needs to be working with his young receivers, studying his opponents and preparing for the 2013 campaign. He needs to become the dominant quarterback we all think he can be. His team has had the best record in the regular season on more than one occasion, but he needs to push them beyond that mark. It is not enough just to win the regular season. It has to go beyond that.
Matt Ryan has been very impressive during his time in the NFL, but he needs to push it to the next level and he needs to do it in the post season. After all, it is in the playoffs where legends are made. Just ask Joe Flacco.