There aren’t 12 QB’s in the NFL better than Matt Ryan
At this point, leaving Matt Ryan outside of the top five or six quarterbacks in the league is nothing but ignorance.
Matt Ryan understands it, you blame him for the 2012 NFC Championship game collapse as well as the 2016 Superbowl collapse. He cannot go back in time and change those outcomes, he probably wished he could because at least then, he would receive the recognition he deserves and more importantly the recognition he has earned.
For those that still keep him outside the Top 10 in their quarterback rankings, what are you looking at?
Randi Gurzi from NFL Spin Zone published his 2020 NFL Quarterback Power Rankings and had Matt Ryan ranked 13th heading into 2020.
Yes, you read that right, he believes that there are 12 other quarterbacks in the league ahead of Matt Ryan.
Here are Randi’s thoughts on Matt Ryan:
"Personally, I have a hard time with Matt Ryan. He seems to be a player who is universally loved and he even won the NFL MVP in 2016. And yes, he was spectacular that season. The problem is, that came under the tutelage of Kyle Shanahan, who had Ryan absolutely dealing. The run he had with Shanahan put to bed the questions he had for years before that — and since Shanahan left, Ryan looks like the same player he was before their former offensive coordinator got into his ear.None of this is to say Ryan is a bad player but those who think he’s an elite passer are probably still leaning on what he did during the Shanahan years in Atlanta."
He then goes on to rank Cam Newton, Matt Stafford, Kirk Cousins, Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson, and Patrick Mahomes ahead of Matt Ryan.
We will concede Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson at this point but the rest of them is laughable. Lamar had a great 2019, can he do that again in 2020? Carson Wentz has yet to be better than Matt Ryan. Drew Brees and Tom Brady have weaker arms at this point than Matt does and are throwing five-yard slant routes.
Matt Ryan has been better than Aaron Rodgers since 2015 and that isn’t debatable. Kirk Cousins in anyone’s Top 10 is hysterically bad.
As a Clemson alumnus, I love Deshaun Watson, but he hasn’t been a better passer than Matt Ryan nor is Dak Prescott and that is exactly what Randi says about Matt Ryan – he isn’t an elite passer. But all that Jackson, Watson, Prescott, Wentz, Rodgers, Newton do better than Matt is run the ball. None of them are better passers.
Matt Ryan and Matt Stafford have been in the league for 11 years together. Matt Ryan has had more passing yards seven times, more TD’s seven times, fewer interceptions five times, and a better completions percentage nine times.
The only quarterback on this list to have at least nine straight seasons of 4,000 passing yards and at least 20 touchdowns is Ryan. No, he isn’t mobile like most of this list, but he has a better and more accurate arm than most of them and that does, in fact, make him an elite passer.