Atlanta Falcons fans have every right to wonder if Matt Ryan truly does care about winning. It’s hard to believe Ryan was not aware of the Atlanta Falcons’ salary cap situation that was brooding for years heading into this offseason. Yet, he did nothing to make the situation improve.
At this point in his career, Matt Ryan is probably more focused on building his resume for the Hall of Fame and has accepted a Super Bowl ring just isn’t in the cards. He has been saying all the right things and doing them outwardly, but that doesn’t mean he’s truly committed to the cause.
Matt Ryan has about one more year to prove he can be the guy to lead the Atlanta Falcons.
Take the situation in Green Bay for a quick case study. It is clear Aaron Rodgers and the team are having a tiff. Davante Adams who is one of the top receivers in the league went to bat for his quarterback. (Not quite Terrell Owens style)
Still, Adams made it clear he’s been speaking to Rodgers and that not playing with him could have an impact on his free agency. Adams knows they are much worse off without Rodgers at the helm.
Matt Ryan had a chance to throw his weight behind keeping Julio. There’s no way you can think the Falcons are better without him. Other than saying he enjoyed playing with him, the most Ryan could offer was “I don’t get involved in [the business] side of it.”
That doesn’t sound like a quarterback who cares or is interested in winning a Super Bowl.
That sounds like someone who knows his restructured contract is the only reason he’s still in Atlanta. Ryan is 36 years old. He’s on the clear downside in his career. Why would you not want to go out with the best weapons you got and say to hell with everything else, we are going all-in for a title.
Ryan had a chance to put the pressure on the front office and say you got us in this mess, figure it out but I get a chance to play with Julio Jones, Kyle Pitts, Calvin Ridley and whatever piecemeal guy you found for a running back. If anything I’ve earned the right to compete with these guys at least for a season.
But Falcons’ fans saw none of that.
Instead, we saw a guy resigned to accept his fate and knowledge that he won’t ever be a tier-one guy and will just accept whatever decisions are made around him. Which again begs the question. Does Matt Ryan really care about winning games for the Atlanta Falcons?
And from the looks of it, the answer is no.