Continuing with their”under Pressure” series, NFL.com’s Around The League blog recently brought Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan underneath the microscope. Here is what Greg Rosenthal had to say:
[Matt Ryan] has played at an elite level over the last two seasons, completing just under 62 percent of passes with 57 touchdowns against 21 interceptions for a passer rating of 91.6. During that span, the Falcons are 23-9 and won the NFC South in 2010, the same season Ryan went to his one and only Pro Bowl. Ryan’s offensive output could increase even more as the Falcons are moving to a more vertical passing attack under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
After four seasons, however, the one blemish on Ryan’s resume is a lack of personal and team success in the postseason.
There’s no question, though, that as good as Ryan, the No. 3 overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, has been during the regular season, he has not performed as well as in the playoffs. For the Falcons to enjoy any playoff success, they’ll need better play from Ryan.
A few weeks back, in response to a Greg Cosell article comparing Matt Ryan and Mike Vick, I wrote the following:
Which of these two players would you want as your franchise QB? Conventional wisdom would seem to point you in the direction of the more traditional Matt Ryan. However, once you take into account his poor playoff record (0-3) and his inability to win consistently outdoors (11-12 in games played outdoors during his 1st four NFL season), the arrow shifts toward Mike Vick.
Matt Ryan came into the league anointed as a future star quarterback and his stellar regular season play has justified that in the eyes of a few analysts. However, until he changes his fortunes in the games played in outdoor stadiums and sees some success in the postseason, Ryan will always be a middle of the pack qb in my view.