The Atlanta Falcons finally traded Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday which was first reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport this past Sunday. Many Falcons fans are going to be upset with the compensation of a second and fourth-round pick but that was the best offer on the table for a guy that no longer wanted to be there.
Julio Jones is no question going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer and a franchise legend. Trading him away is going to sting but the Falcons had no choice when he requested the trade.
Julio is likely going to have one to two more dominant joining an offense with Derrick Henry and AJ Brown. The biggest question left is what is going to happen to the Atlanta Falcons offense?
Julio Jones is no doubt a huge loss for the Atlanta Falcons, but their offense is going to improve this year because of the coaching change. Arthur Smith is going to do a much better job than Dirk Koetter and players like Matt Ryan and Calvin Ridley are going to benefit greatly.
The national media is starting to speculate the main reason why Julio Jones is leaving is because of Matt Ryan’s “weak arm” which is misinformation.
The report originally came from Jeremy Fowler claiming Julio Jones wants to play for a team with a big arm which insists Julio is throwing Matt Ryan under the bus. This could not be further from the truth because Fowler did not claim any sources, has not talked to Julio, and made up a claim out of thin air.
Misinformation has been spread plenty of times around Matt Ryan and the narrative is going to be even worse.
The national media and fans continue to disrespect Matt Ryan all because they looked at the Falcons’ record and do not pay any attention to them.
Another example is Bleacher Report putting a graphic of the Falcons without Julio Jones and putting Olamide Zaccheaus as the number two receiver instead of Russell Gage. If they watched a single game this past season, they would know Russell Gage is clearly the number two receiver now that Julio Jones left.
The disrespect continues for Matt Ryan and the perception and narratives of him are damaged because of the national media.
It sure feels like Julio Jones threw Matt Ryan under the bus.