Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a rough year. He made some questionable decisions that led to turnovers. For whatever reason, some fans have started to question his status as the presumptive starter. While I understand the frustration, Ryan will need to
kill someone regress significantly before the Falcons go in a different direction. And believe it or not, he's still pretty reliable.
Per Football Outsiders, Ryan had the 11th best failed completion percentage. (In other words, he had the 11th lowest percentage.) His failed completion percentage was 22.1 percent; put differently, he had 407 completions, and only 90 were "failed completions." For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, here's how PFO describes it.
One of the quickest categories we can analyze from the play-by-play data is failed completions. These are any complete passes that fail to gain 45 percent of needed yards on first down; 60 percent on second down; or 100 percent on third or fourth down.
So what does this mean? It means Ryan, when
he's not on his butt able to complete a pass, will normally get the expected yardage. You need just a few yards to convert the third down? You got it. Want 4-5 yards on a quick slant on first down? Matty's there for you.
Look, there's a lot of room for improvement headed into 2016. Ryan told Dan Quinn he can and will thrive in Kyle Shanahan's system. Them is fighting words.