As the Atlanta Falcons (1-3) endured their third loss of the season to the New England Patriots, 30-23, a couple of errant passes from their franchise quarterback Matt Ryan have created some doubts in people’s minds whether or not he is an “elite” quarterback. Just a year ago, Ryan led the Falcons to a 13-3 record and a trip to the NFC Championship game.
His teammates stood by him in that heartbreaking loss, and just because Ryan didn’t connect on a couple of passes that he usually makes with his eyes closed, the Falcons still rally around their quarterback and believe that he can once again lead them out of this messy situation.
“Matt Ryan has a lot of pride in this game and he works really hard to do well,” running back Jason Snelling told ESPN. “He makes those throws in practice; some of the ones that he felt like he missed.
“As a teammate, you see it and you want to rally around him and tell him we have to make more plays to help him. We have to put him in situations where, if he doesn’t make the perfect throw, that we help him by making great catches or we do more things to help him so we’re not in those [desperate] situations.”
With Ryan throwing for a career-high 421 yards and two touchdowns, he was hard on himself for missing a couple of passes that would most likely have changed the outcome of the game. Ryan admitted that he did not throw the best passes to his wideout Roddy White and took full responsibility of not coming through when his team needed it the most.
On the Falcons’ final drive, Ryan completed just one of four passes, as he struggled with his accuracy in key moments of the game.
While the Falcons are set for a Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets, Ryan has already begun preparing on how he can fix the mistakes that he made and things he can do better at.
Many people have already said that Ryan is not a “clutch” quarterback and that he isn’t “elite” just because of his inability to cash in in the red zone so far this season.
This is the same guy who has led the Falcons to some of their best seasons. Ryan continues to grow as a leader and passer, and he is one of the hardest working players in the league. Just because he had a couple of bad throws and incompletions does not make him an unreliable quarterback.
Ryan is still the man in Atlanta and will be for the rest of his career. He may end up one day going down as one of the best quarterbacks in franchise history and in the NFL.
And for all the haters that say Ryan isn’t good because their 1-3 record, just take a look at how Joe Flacco is doing (along with his five interceptions).
I believe in Ryan for the simple fact that he is one undoubtedly one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL. I expect him to have a great year, and in time the Falcons will rebound and make the playoffs. As Ryan goes, so do the Falcons. I’m willing to bet that Ryan will have one of his best seasons.
So despite missing a couple of throws, in the grand scheme of things, who cares. Players will have their days, and for Ryan, he doesn’t have many days where is off. Look out for Ryan to come back stronger and with something to prove starting with the Jets.