In my first installment of H v H, I will take a look at Matt Ryan from a hater's pov and also a homer's pov.
Every week or few days I will have a new subject for HvH, the next one will feature your General Manager, TD..
But for now, here's a look at your franchise QB
HOMER: Matt Ryan rode his white stallion into Flowery Branch (trampling on Bobby Petrino/Mike Vick along the way) almost 4 yrs ago to the day. His first NFL pass went for 6 & immediately endeared him into the hearts of Falcons faithful. It was a glimpse into the future, showing the fans what they can expect from #2 at the GA dome for yrs to come. Matt Ryan, at home, is as good a QB as you can hope for in the NFL. The first time I saw Ryan play in person was on a Thurs night game at home against the Ravens in 2010, and what a game it was. In the first quarter the Ravens brought serious pressure up the middle, trying to shoot those A gaps next to Ngata. Matty stood tall, made his reads, was seeminlgy unphased by the Ravens relentless attack. I was impressed by his composure, but it was his play in the 4th quarter that showed me how legit he already was in his 3rd season. The Ravens finally took a lead late in the game, but left #2 all the time he needed to orchestrate a game winning drive against one of the best defenses in the league. One of many game winning drives #2 has already led, and just one of many more to come. That game made me a Matt Ryan believer, meaning, I expect him to lead his team to a Superbowl. 10 yrs from now, Matt Ryan will be the best QB in franchise history and will have a shiny ring to prove it. In my opinion, to reach the Superbowl, the Falcons need only to get that #1 or #2 seed in the NFC so they can get a bye and a home playoff game. The next time they do that, theyre going to the dance. Just wait and see.
HATER: Matt Ryan is a slightly above avg QB at best and he won't be the one to lead the Falcons to their first Superbowl victory. Ryan doesnt have the arm strength to take full advantage of Julio Jones or any deep passing game, especially when not in the climate controlled Dome. Matt Ryan is nothing more than a solid regular season QB that is outclassed when he has to face the top defenses in the NFC playoffs. IF Ryan is so good, how did his defensive teammates (that were pretty average as a whole) outscore him in a full 60 minute game? How did Ryan get shut out in the playoffs when even Tim Tebow is passing and running for postseason touchdowns against a #1 defense(statistically)? All the positives Ryan exhibits in the GA Dome, are negated by his inefficiencies against good teams on the road. All the great things Ryan does in the regular season, are erased by his poor playoff performances. Matt Ryan is an above average NFL QB that can lead his team to winning records in the reg. season, but his performances in the NFL playoffs speak the loudest, and illustrate his shortcomings.