Reason 5: Matt Ryan
Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s easy to poke on the negatives however, the column calls for “optimism” so here it is:
We see teams leaning on Sam Bradford, Brandon Weeden, Josh McCown, Matt Cassel, and Alex Smith for victories. So the quarterback position can be much worse than what it actually is. Instead, let’s look at a QB who has started 126 games since 2008, won 74 of those games, passed for 32, 757 yards, 202 touchdowns, 64% completion percentage in his career, 90.9 QBR, and 31 game winning drives in his career. Ryan may have had a rough season but you also have to look on the bright side in an optimistic column, he has had years of mediocre offensive line play, three different offensive coordinators, and never really had reliable defenses to lean on. Ryan deserves a pat on the back and is still a winning quarterback.