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Matt Ryan game changer or game manager?

Matt Ryan has to have the most questionable role on the Atlanta Falcons this year. Some weeks we ask him to throw 40+ times and some weeks we only give him about 25. His highest completion percentage this year is just 66.7 and the most yards hes thrown for is 330. Ryan's highest threw 7 games last year was 72.7% and 299 yards. The competition is certainly different but I think its safe to say he has the weapons in place this year to put up the stats. So now the question is: Matt Ryan a game changer or just a game manager? 

The first thing people attack when asked about Ryan's production is his offensive line. This year he has been sacked 18 times. 5 against Chicago, 4 against Philly and Tampa, and 3 against Detroit. This same offensive line only allowed 1 sack against the Packers. I understand we dont have the best offensive line but some of it is on Ryan not getting the ball out of his hand and some of its on Mike Mularkey's play calling. The game against Chicago Ryan threw the ball 47 times (5 sacks), Philadelphia 28 times (4 sacks),  Tampa 47 times (4 sacks) and Detroit 34 times (3 sacks).

This offense was built to run the ball and Matt Ryan was drafted to manage the game. As much as I love Ryan the stats show it.Even Ryan said himself he'd like to play better  here. If Turner isn't rolling we seem to get pass happy and lose our balance. Ryan has the arm the accuracy and the weapons to be an elite quarterback in this league but as of now I think hes still a game manager.  Do not get me wrong Matt Ryan is a hell of a quarterback especially during our no huddle offense but I don't think hes a game changer just yet. 

Quarters

Att

Comp

Pct

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

Int

1st

1st%

20+

Sck

Rate

1st Quarter

50

35

70.0

369

7.4

30

3

2

23

46.0

3

3

94.5

 

2nd Quarter

64

41

64.1

384

6.0

30

3

2

22

34.4

4

4

83.1

 

3rd Quarter

57

29

50.9

399

7.0

49

1

1

17

29.8

6

7

72.2

 

4th Quarter

81

49

60.5

531

6.6

49

2

3

29

35.8

4

4

72.6

 

4th Quarter within 7

40

24

60.0

210

5.2

34

0

1

13

32.5

1

2

63.5

 

 

all stats from nfl.com

 

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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