Quarterbacks are measured by wins and in some cases stats like Dan Marino, Warren Moon and Dan Fouts. All three of those signal callers are in Canton and put up amazing stats but never won a championship with only Marino actually playing in a Super Bowl in his second year. Fast-forward to today and Matt Ryan is one of the top quarterbacks, but is now the time to start throwing around the overrated label? Since coming into the league in 2008 and throwing a touchdown on his very first professional pass, Ryan has amassed an impressive record at home. But every team only plays eight home games a year, and his away record is far different. His playoff record is even less impressive as he and the Atlanta Falcons finally got their first playoff win last year.
It is hard for any quarterback to throw with some measure of consistency when they are under constant pressure, and the Falcons’ front line certainly has some issues. But the recent losses are showing something that no one has seen from Ryan: inaccuracy. Once you lose that part of your game then your game starts to fall, and although it is just one season, this year’s Falcons have not risen up like their famous (or infamous) slogan has so proclaimed over the last few years.
Considering the Falcons have already rewarded Ryan with a big contract and his early action did earn the compensation, most of the time you have to earn the big money after you win a championship. Now it isn’t time to panic but success waits for no one. If you cannot win in this league then you are not successful, and if this trend continues perhaps it might be sooner rather than later to find a new signal caller for the Falcons.