3 Reasons the Atlanta Falcons made the right move trading Matt Ryan
2. Matt Ryan deserved more help and protection than Atlanta has given him
Anyone that watched Atlanta closely last season knows just how little Matt Ryan had to work with. He had a guard in Jalen Mayfield that did his best to usher every pass rusher in the league straight into Matt Ryan’s lap and a receiving group led by Tajae Sharpe and Russell Gage.
Handing your veteran quarterback who is in year fourteen the worst receiving group of his career along with arguably the worst offensive line he has ever had with a bottom-tier defense set Ryan up for failure from the start. It is hard to believe that this new front office and coaching staff ever really wanted Ryan to succeed. Their refusal to give Ryan help despite the trade and free-agent markets having clear upgrades was head-scratching throughout the 2021 season.
If Atlanta had been in contention for a top draft pick refusing to upgrade would have made a level of sense. However, Atlanta was a surprise wildcard contender and still refused to improve the roster or make a change at the receiver position or along the offensive line. If Atlanta wasn’t going to support Ryan there is no reason to continue to start the veteran and ask him to take punishment and without giving him a fair shot to win.