Atlanta Falcons: 3 Reasons Matt Ryan Can Repeat as NFL MVP
By Randy Gurzi
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was a surprise NFL MVP in 2016 and now with all eyes on him here are three reasons he can win the award again in 2017
Entering the 2016 NFL season no one was calling Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan an MVP candidate. Instead it was all the usual suspects like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton — quarterback of the Carolina Panthers.
Then Ryan went off. In his second season under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan he found his rhythm in their offense. By season’s end Ryan had 4,944 yards with 38 touchdowns and just seven picks. He also completed an amazing 69.9 percent of all his passes. All those statistics were career bests for the veteran leader of the Dirty Birds.
Now that he’s no longer a dark horse contender though, could things be different for Ryan? There are reasons to think so. One would be the potential for a let down following a Super Bowl loss like they suffered at the end of last season. Another could be the departure of Shanahan, who is now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Of course there are also reasons why Ryan could repeat as NFL MVP. Here are three reasons to believe the Atlanta Falcons signal-caller could do just that.