4 Observations from Atlanta Falcons ugly loss to Joe Burrow
By Nick Halden
1. Atlanta made the right decision parting ways with Matt Ryan
As bad as Marcus Mariota was on Sunday the Colts have just as much frustration with former Atlanta quarterback Ryan. Two things can be true here Ryan can be on his final legs and playing poor football and still be one of the greatest Atlanta Falcons in franchise history.
At his best Ryan was a force who helped push the Falcons into relevance and stay healthy despite taking an unhealthy level of punishment due to the terrible lines he was often placed behind.
Matt Ryan isn’t beating Joe Burrow and the Bengals on Sunday despite still being a far superior passer to Joe Burrow. Arthur Smith saw what many Atlanta Falcons fans didn’t want to and are now realizing with Ryan in Indy and Mariota under center. Ryan appears to be aging quickly and has a bad contract and isn’t a fit for Arthur Smith’s new-look Atlanta Falcons.
Sure maybe Ryan wins a game or two that Mariota has failed to, however, just as we saw last season against the best teams (like the Bengals) Atlanta didn’t have a chance. Mariota is struggling but so is Ryan and Atlanta has moved a terrible contract and set themselves up to find their quarterback for the next decade even if Desmond Ridder isn’t who many believe the rookie to be. Trading Ryan hurt but with each passing week, it becomes clearer it was the right move for the Falcons and a sharp decision by Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith.