Matt Ryan’s laughable player ranking should fuel the Atlanta Falcons


Matt Ryan fell. No, the Atlanta Falcons QB1 isn’t hurt. And yes, this fall is rather superficial. Perhaps it’s a slip then.

But as the NFL begins its release of its Top 100 players of 2018, Matt Ryan’s name appeared on day three. Unlike the draft, this is a moment where players want it to be a while before their name is called.

So what was he ranked? Number 69.

That there were 68 players better than him last year is rather laughable. So let’s tick through the numbers for just a second.

In his MVP season, Ryan threw for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. That was in 2016-17, when he also led the team to the Super Bowl. He ranked number 10 that year.

In 2018-19, Ryan threw for 4,924 yards, 35 touchdowns, and wait, just seven interceptions. And he comes in as the 69th best players?

The year before that, Ryan was ranked number 29 with fewer yards, fewer touchdowns, and more interceptions. Following the logic here? No? Neither are we.

The only difference in the seasons are wins. Ryan had won as many games last year as interceptions he threw and the Falcons missed the playoffs. But let’s be real, accounting for the injuries, the sometimes questionable play calling of Steve Sarkisian, and some odd plays, Matt Ryan simply balled.

His ranking this year is borderline disrespectful and since it’s the players ranking, Ryan doesn’t have to go on shows to do interviews. He doesn’t have to beef with the media. Heck, he doesn’t have to say anything to anyone.

Except each week, carve up defenses like a Thanksgiving Day turkey. And on Thanksgiving Day, out-duel Drew Brees. In fact, Ryan is a quiet assassin and they may have just given him the fuel he needs.

That, with a slightly improved defense, should mean more wins. And winning cures all.

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And if the team stays healthy, Matt Ryan won’t just move up the top 100 list. He’ll be in the MVP conversation.