Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan or Kyle Shanahan has to go in 2016

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Nov 29, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) reacts on the bench after throwing an interception in the third quarter of their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Georgia Dome. The Vikings won 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

So, there are two downfalls to trading Ryan. Here are two positives.

One of the hardest things to do is learn an entirely new offensive scheme in one offseason. If the Falcons were to fire Shanahan after just one year, that would mean that Ryan would be learning his third offensive scheme in three years. That just isn’t a smart thing to do, folks.

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Another reason is his age. Ryan is already into his 30s and odds are he isn’t going to get any better than he already is. However, he is in his prime and is still better than 75 percent of the other quarterbacks in the NFL. The Falcons could possibly get another five good years out of him, but it’s definitely a risk. If they can dump him off to another team and get a sizable return as well as clearing cap space to fill other holes on the roster would be great.

I did not see this talk coming at the start of the year. I didn’t think the Falcons would make the playoffs in 2015, but I didn’t think we would be wanting to trade Ryan or fire Shanahan either! I’ve always been a Ryan supporter and always will be, but if trading him is the best thing for the franchise then i’m all for it.

I warning you now, though. Who is going to come in and replace him? That is the million dollar question.