Nov 3, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) reacts in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Ryan to Blame for Loss

Matt Ryan has looked terrible in the last two weeks. He has single handedly thrown our season away.

Whether or not Matt Ryan is without his best receivers, seven interceptions is a disgraceful way to represent the team on your jersey. It was beyond losing in these past two weeks. They were straight up embarrased by the division rival Carolina Panthers 34-10, and they were crushed by the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago with a score of 27-13. There were a few common themes in each loss, but the most obvious and most disapointing were Ryan’s poor performances.

The recievers coming out on to the field are Harry Douglas, Tony Gonzalez and Drew Davis on a typical formation. These, of course, interchange from game to game. That isn’t exactly the best in the NFL. In fact, it is far from it; however it isn’t the worst in the NFL.

The Buffalo Bills are sending out the likes of Stevie Johnson, Scott Chandler and T.J. Graham. Tony Gonzalez is far and beyond better than Chandler, Douglas is close to skill level as Johnson and Drew Davis and T.J. Graham are equally as bad. I would rather have the Falcons’ core over the Bills’.

The Bills are also sending out Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis at quarterback. This season Bills’ quarterbacks have only thrown eight interceptions total. It is great proof that poor decision making goes much farther in poor performance than poor recievers.

The only excuse Ryan has is the lack of protection and the running game. The Falcons rank dead last in the NFL in rushing yards. This is a direct problem of the offensive line. Steven Jackson is a very capable running back who can run the ball as good as nearly any running back in the NFL. He shouldn’t be rushing for a total of 140 yards on 38 attempts this season.

The Falcons have a slew of problems, and it has caused them to miss the playoffs. Falcons fans better hope for a good draft this offseason.



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  • Greg Huseth

    I think the second half of your article sums it up way better than the first half and the title. Ryan has been bad because he’s gotten nothing from the supporting cast. No blocking from the o-line, inability to run doesn’t allow play-action, and missing two pro bowl receivers. Opposing defenses have been able to dictate that the Falcons must pass, and have been able to tee off on the passing game. Not to mention that the defense has just been god awful. Ryan’s been bad, but that’s because nobody’s helping him out.

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