I don't know if any other Falcon fans have noticed but...
Atlanta has a really bad habit of letting quarterbacks go, that later prove to be incredibly successful or at least more successful than they were for us.
First QB Case: Brett Favre
Brett Favre, as many people are unaware of, was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2nd round of the 1991 NFL Draft. As a Falcon, he only attempted 4 passes. 2 resulted in interceptions, the other two in incompletions. He was traded ,only a year after he was drafted, to Green Bay. Which as many are aware, he flourished. He will undoubtedly go into the Hall of Fame. He led the fudgePackers to a SB win. The guy was an incredible success after leaving Atlanta. What happened after he left Green Bay is a different story.
Second QB Case: Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub as many fans here should be aware of, was at a time an Atlanta Falcon. The first plays I seen Matt Schaub have success on were two scrambles against Minnesota on which he gained 42 yards combined. I thought that after that, he should be made the starter of our offense. Heck, that was when Vick was still at the helm. But when March of 2007 rolled around, he was traded to the Texans. In Houston, he has become a top-notch QB, at least by my standards. He has even lead the league in passing since being gone.
Third QB Case: Michael Vick
I will be probably be scalded for this. I just want to say that Mike Vick never hit his potential as a passer with us. He helmed our team for 5 seasons, though he was with us for 6. Michael Vick never even went over 3,000 yards passing for us. Yet, in his past two seasons with Philly, even through injuries, he has gained over 3,000 yards passing. He even put together one of the best played games by a QB ever against the Redskins in week 10 of the 2010 season. Michael Vick has done more for Philly than he did for us. Even with us going to NFC Championship one year with him. This is just my opinion.
I would just like this to be a wake-up call for anybody saying no to an extension on Matt Ryan. I don't want him to be on this list of QB's in a couple of years. Plus, I would definitely like to get his contract worked out before he has a huge huge season and his price goes up. With QB prices as they are, they will only be on the incline over the next few seasons. Plus maybe, we get a bonus of extra cap space by doing it this off-season.