Matt Ryan Grade: Falcons fans losing patience following his worst game
Grading Matt Ryan’s performance against the Los Angeles Chargers
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan played his worst game of the season Sunday afternoon in a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Matt Ryan finished the afternoon against the Chargers completing 21-of-32 passing attempts for 224 yards and one touchdown to a season-high three interceptions. Those three interceptions- which all happened in the second half- led to the 10 points for the Chargers.
If the volume of interceptions weren’t bad enough, Ryan also threw his final one late in the fourth quarter and that set up the game-winning drive for the Chargers.
Anyone who has been keeping up with the league this year knows how bad the Chargers have been- especially defensively. Even with Julio Jones out, the expectation for the Falcons was that they were going to score some points. Unfortunately, those three interceptions were the difference in the outcome of the game and they led to yet another loss.
Outside of the three interceptions, Ryan completed 65.6 percent of his passing attempts and threw for 224 yards (7 YPA).
It was, without a doubt, his worst game of the season and it’s something that the QB will need to put behind him.
Matt Ryan Grade vs. Chargers: D-
Falcons fans are losing patience with Matt Ryan
There are thousands of Falcons fans right now that have run out of patience with Matt Ryan. They see the steady decline that has occurred since 2017 in the franchise and believe Ryan is the cause.
That’s where I disagree.
Does Ryan shoulder blame for the franchise’s losses and decline over the past few years? Yes. Is he the main source of the problems? No.
Even coming off the worst game of his season and one of the worst in his career, there were plenty of other problems that simply haven’t been addressed.
The secondary still struggles at times. The offensive line has not been good this year. The coaching has been absolutely poor for quite a while. All of that can’t be blamed on Ryan.
There’s nothing wrong with rightfully pointing out his mistakes and noting that the three interceptions cost the Falcons the game, but you can’t simply ignore all the other issues with this team.
Patience might be growing thin, but you’re directing too much in the wrong place if you’re only blaming Ryan for the troubles.