A rousing Falcons win, but what’s the deal with Ryan?

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) lies on the field after bobbling the ball and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Ricardo Allen (37) made the interception during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 26-24. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

These short takes are presented as a companion to the Falcons-Eagles game column, which can be found here. The Falcons won 26-24 after blowing a 20-3 lead.

1. I hate to start with a negative, but Matt Ryan is becoming a really weird quarterback. His good moments are many and splendid: He completed 23 of 34 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns, and his deep throw to Julio Jones after the Falcons had fallen behind 24-23 changed a game going wrong. But two Ryan interceptions earlier — one in the end zone, another that gave the Eagles possession at the Atlanta 8 — changed a game going right into a hairbreadth thing. The same happened last season, more than once. (The throw-to-nowhere at Wembley against the Lions was the most glaring example, but it wasn’t the only one.) He’s so precise with most of his throws that you’d swear he has a metronome for a right arm, and then … out of nowhere, he throws the ball to the other team and makes you go, “What was THAT?”

2. OK, to the positives: The defense made a play to win the game. Haven’t seen that very often lately, have we? The Falcons could have iced the game with one first down. They went three-and-out. (Three runs, though coach Dan Quinn said afterward there was a pass option to the third-and-1 call.) The Eagles took the ball with at their 14 with 1:49 remaining, and I have to admit: I fully expected them to win on a field goal at the gun, same as Detroit had done in London, same as Cleveland did here last year. But no. Linebacker Paul Worrilow slammed into Jordan Matthews just after the receiver had bobbled Sam Bradford’s pass, and Ricardo Allen made a sliding interception on the deflection. An actual stop! With the game on the line! It’s a miracle!

3. Julio Jones was the best player on the field. That has happened before, but never has he been any better than this. He was targeted 11 times. He caught nine passes. (Byron Maxwell broke up one of the incompletions.) He gained 141 yards. He caught two touchdown passes. (The Falcons would score only two touchdowns.) Jones wasn’t just getting open; he was getting open with disdain. The Eagles couldn’t stop him, and he knew it. Somebody give that man a new contract! (Just kidding. The Falcons already did.)

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) lies on the field after bobbling the ball and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Ricardo Allen (37) made the interception during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 26-24. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The thrill of victory, I do believe it’s called. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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TrueFan1
TrueFan1

pride 5ptsFeatured
2 days ago

Only 4 QB's in the NFC with a higher rating in week 1 than Ryan:

Rogers

Palmer

Foles

Romo


You haters can't handle the truth.

Slimjr
Slimjr

" Elephant in the room"

 Mr. Bradley,

you do realize that Matt Ryan threw 19 interceptions as a senior QB at Boston College. So this pattern that some are now sensing has always been there.. Hmmmmmm


Bill Parcels was the GM with Miami in 2007 who could have used a QB with the 1st pick and passed right over Matt Ryan.. Hmmmmm


How many Super Bowls has Mr. Parcels won as a head coach? I believe he knows a little bit about the game of professional football ya think...


TOJacket
TOJacket

@Slimjr It's obvious as he!! that you don't know anything sport?

Hopeless in ATL
Hopeless in ATL

@Slimjr When was the last time Mr. Parcels was relevant in the NFL?  Maybe he should have taken Matt Ryan.   

Todd22
Todd22

@Slimjr 

And how did that work out for the dolphins?

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

I said back in 2012 that Ryan's career is going to follow a similar path to John Elway's and I believe that just as much now.  A pretty good QB with generally above average results with several seasons of "shoulda been better" scattered about.  Going into every season he's expected to put up big numbers on the way to contending for the Super Bowl but at the end of every season is a bad playoff loss or no playoff at all.  That is until the career gets validated by a stud RB.

This isn't a knock on Ryan.  I'm just giving a point of reference using a HoF QB to put this in perspective.  Elway was no Montana just like Ryan is no Brady.  People need to stop being so defensive of fair criticism.  Why is it okay for fans to point out all issues with the Falcons except QB play?  I can't understand it.  Pretending that every bad experience is another player's fault isn't going to make a championship appear.



TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawgnIT Ryam will never be like Tom Brady..........Matty Ice doesn't cheat!

John Ellis
John Ellis

adjective

1.

exciting; stirring.

"a rousing speech"

synonyms:stirring, inspiring, exciting, stimulating, moving, electrifying, invigorating, energizing, exhilarating

Slimjr
Slimjr

"but what’s the deal with Ryan?"

Ryan has lost velocity on his passes as some astute observers have stated on several blogs. What makes it more magnified is the fact he did not start with an elite arm to begin with 8 years ago.. It's not going to get stronger at the age of 30...


Ryan and the Falcons gave the Eagles plenty of chances to pull out a victory last night but the Eagles shot themselves in the foot time and again.. Winning on the road is no easy task. [Ryan and the Falcons are sub .500 on the road throughout his career for example].



TOJacket
TOJacket

@Slimjr Damn sport..........how much did you have on the Cheese Steaks?

TrueFan1
TrueFan1

@Slimjr Mathew Stafford has a powerful arm.... No way we want him under center....Falcons beat Eagles....

Todd22
Todd22

@Slimjr Another stupid comment... What "astute observers" are you talking about?  Name someone. He doesn't have a problem with arm strength. Interceptions have been mental errors and not physical.

clewis564
clewis564

Real life football isn't play station

TOJacket
TOJacket

Evey Falcon win is a "rousing" Falcon win!!

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Slimjr Here is another stat......if your wife told you to give her 6 inches and make it hurt ......you would have to do her twice and burn her with a cigarette?

TG88
TG88

Give Ryan a break this is a new system. Once the players and Ryan get use it going to be great!

Slimjr
Slimjr

"That ship has sailed"


Matt Ryan's [window of opportunity] to take his team to the promise land and win a Superbowl was 2012. Yea he'll make some noise, but his semi weak inaccurate arm will ultimately be his and the Falcons undoing..


There's a pattern forming and some of us have begun to sense it, like Mr. Bradley.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@Slimjr

Ryan threw 3 passes that were poor.  The first interception was simply a great play and the near interception targeted for Julio was because Jones slipped making his cut.  Did you see the other 24 passes that were on the money.

Calling you stupid is insulting to stupid people.

Slimjr
Slimjr

@RangeRover @Slimjr 

You can't handle the truth genius?

What's the excuse for the 3 interceptions for touchdowns in the Carolina game last season? The 1st one had nothing to do with the pocket collapsing because he had time.. Never mind genius... 



Scottie? Yes Captain engage the scroll key when these Neanderthals open their yap!

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Slimjr Just think Slimbrain...........while your posting all your whining and crying like a woman.......Matty Ice is making about what 20 mill a year?.............what does Scottie do for you?

TrueFan1
TrueFan1

@RangeRover @Slimjr All QBs' suffer at times.... Who would you rather see under center??? I see, afraid to name names eh?

Todd22
Todd22

@Slimjr Your opinions are so absurd that I can no longer respond. You are irrelevant as a commentator. Matt Ryan has obviously screwed your wife. 

peanutgallery
peanutgallery

So who is the alternative to Ryan? Nobody. There are not enough decent QBs for every team in the NFL. 

Yeah you want him to stop throwing the costly picks. 


Just understand the whining and moaning doesn't mean squat until someone offers a realistic alternative. 

mike91
mike91

When will people take there head out of the sand and realize M.Ryan is a little above average.He gets scared and gets happy feet and sometimes throws idiotic interceptions.He needs to take his game to the next level.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@miked91 Mike.....I would have loved to see your butt getting popped every other play the last 2 years.........have some cheese with that whine sally.


mike91
mike91

@TOjacket lol Thats part of the game .NO excuses!

Hopeless in ATL
Hopeless in ATL

@miked91 Ryan makes no excuses.  He doesn't whine for a call or cry about his mistakes.  He's all business, and it's not the dog-fighting business.  

Slimjr
Slimjr


My how time does fly?


Matt Ryan is 1-5 [the Carolina last regular season game at the Georgia Dome was essentially a playoff game, thus I count it as a playoff loss] in the playoffs for good reasons. He throws interceptions at the worst times and kills his teams chances in the money game..


PICK SIX=  An interception returned for 6pts. That is probably one of the worst mistakes a QB can make, especially in a playoff game.


Back to the the Carolina game at home, a nationally televised game the Falcons were dismantled in..


Ryan threw not one, not two, but three interceptions that were returned for six points [PICK SIX].


Granted the second one in the 3rd qtr was  called back by the refs on a penalty..I still count it because he did make the pass  and the rock was returned for six..



He threw his 1st one with 6:38 left on the game clock with Carolina up 10-3 in the second qtr.


Everybody knew it was game, set, and match once that occurred..Carolina won 34-3 that day..



Keep up the great work Mr. Bradley..


Hopeless in ATL
Hopeless in ATL

@Slimjr  Vick lost 27 fumbles and threw 52 picks in 6 years here; and those numbers were rising before he was jailed.  

Slimjr
Slimjr

"he[Matty Ice] is good enough to win a Super Bowl – with the right supporting cast."

I would suggest you hire a driver.....

RCCole
RCCole

He will get exposed this year. No more excuses about not having a line, a defense, a running game etc etc. His arm is weak in game 1 as compared to when it usually happens in game 10.


moboman
moboman

Ryan was decent, but still had SMH moments.  Like the fumble lost.  Like the weak throw that was short an hit the defender in the helmet.  Like the two picks.  Like the failure to get 7's and had to settle for 3's.  And lets remember he had more protection last night than he's had in two years.


His good moments were very good (TD pass to Julio), but he HAS to limit the bad ones.  Too many of his bad plays are game changers and momentum killers.  

Lobosolo
Lobosolo

Ryan is much better at his profession than you are, Mr. Bradley.... I'd bet he'd be better at yours than yourself as well...  we readers say "What was that!!???" every time one of your columns rears its head...

honestjohnny
honestjohnny

@Lobosolo chill dude @markbradlyAJC  has a very valid point....Matt Ryan made some critical  mistakes last night and has done so often in the past in which it cost us some big games!! think back to the year we were the number 1 seed and we host the Packers, Matt Ryan threw a pick 6 to end the half... in the NFC championship against the 49ers he panicked & rush the throw to roddy white & tony gonzalez was wide open...so yes @markbradlyAJC has a good point!!!

ErkMunson
ErkMunson

Taking it one week at a time with this Falcon's team. 

GloryBetweenTheHedges
GloryBetweenTheHedges

I have always said that in this league if Julio is healthy I would take him first at WR.

pride
pride

Only 4 QB's in the NFC with a higher rating in week 1 than Ryan:

Rogers

Palmer

Foles

Romo 


You haters can't handle the truth.


khd713
khd713

@pride Wow. That shut up all the idiots in a hurry.

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

With all the negativity when we win, what will it be like here when we actually lose?  You can critique, dissect, and overanalyze all you want, but Atlanta won a game that not many (me included) thought they would win.  One hurdle cleared, on to the next.

featherly
featherly

Same ol tentative Matty. Gets comfortable with the weapons he has, focuses on saving his energy for smiling for ads representing the Falcons, and realizes that if he doesn't put a little more into the mediocrity that he is, they will lose the game...Always gives up intensity in the 3rd & early 4th quarter.  We've seen this for YEARS

Hopeless in ATL
Hopeless in ATL

@featherly Why don't you just say it?  MV7 wrecked his life and this franchise, but he was a great QB.  Vick lost 27 fumbles and threw 52 picks in 6 years here; and those numbers were rising when before he was jailed.  Ryan is white and a portion of this fan base just can't get past it. 

PeterCrawford
PeterCrawford

New offense, 3 interior O Linemen added 10 days before kickoff, it is no wonder Matty didn't look comfortable. He will be fine and our team will only improve as the season progresses and especially the O Line. No worries from this fan.