Media taking Matt Ryan for granted should no longer be a shocker to anyone.
However, when you question Matt Ryan’s age in order to justify where you believe that he ranks among the 32 starting NFL quarterbacks, you are grasping for straws and that is what Gary Sheffield Jr did in his latest article for Outkick.
If you know anything about Outkick, they thrive off of hot takes. They buy into the Kim Kardashian rule of PR – no news is bad news. For Outkick, any mention is a good mention.
Here is what Sheffield had to say about Matt Ryan –
"I have Matt Ryan aging like pirate’s feet. For a guy that loves to hit a down the field wizard in Julio Jones, being 35-years-old doesn’t work. If you think Matt Ryan will just dial it back and hit short routes: when has he ever been good in tight windows? There’s a reason the Matt Ryan-Julio Jones tandem never could get the ball in the end zone. They’re better in space an aging quarterbacks and down the field throwing go together like Salmon and A.1."
Since he doesn’t like aging quarterbacks, we should only assume that his rankings would feature nothing but young up and coming quarterbacks in the top 10 and you would be wrong.
Instead, he did what everyone else has done – fawned over Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, kissed the asses of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees , Tom Brady and for some reason thought it was a good idea to say that guys like Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, and Jimmy Garoppolo are all better than Matt Ryan.
He completely ignores the fact that Matt has outplayed nearly everyone ahead of him for several years now and instead says Matt would be nothing without Julio – another unoriginal thought that has been debunked more times than the earth is flat theory.
The best part of 2020 and the resurgence of the Falcons under Matt Ryan will be all of these hack writers and media personalities having to brainstorm an original thought about Matty Ice and the Falcons.