Atlanta Falcons and Matt Ryan: Patience Is the Key

By Leigh Allen
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Matt Ryan’s contract extension understandably took a back seat for the past few weeks. Now that the draft is complete, it’s time to get back to business.

What the Atlanta Falcons cannot afford is the borderline debacle that occurred after Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco received a contract extension that left now-former Ravens Anquan Boldin and Ed Reed in the distant dust of its destructive path. In that case, the ends may not justify the means. The talent of a quarterback is one thing, but the quarterback is part of a team and, to use an overused cliché, “there is no ‘I’ in ‘team.’”

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has no intention of allowing Ryan to get away. Likewise, Ryan would like to continue his comfortable stay with the Falcons. Hopefully, however, the plan doesn’t include cutting any (more?) vital parts of the whole to achieve the objective.

In today’s world of the ‘now’ mentality, waiting agreeably for anything is almost a lost art. That being said, it could be tomorrow…or it could be weeks down the line. Dimitroff’s main objective is to get the deal done before the start of the season, so there’s plenty of wiggle room at the moment.

Ryan has progressed every year. No, the Falcons don’t have the Super Bowl win…but that ‘no’ should be supplemented with a ‘not yet.’ The fans and Falcons are chomping at the bit for that win, and this past season proved that the Falcons are capable and moving ever closer. But the moving process is as hard to swallow as the ‘close-but-no-cigar’ mentality.

“Patience is bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”

The fruit in question will be the Super Bowl soon enough…but first there’s a contract extension to be had.


Leigh Allen is an NFL Atlanta Falcons writer for Follow her on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Google+.

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