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Brett Favre: Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan needs to win playoff games to be taken seriously

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Former Green Bay Packers Atlanta Falcons quarterback and recent Hall of Fame inductee Brett Favre has some advice for Matt Ryan. After all, he knows what Ryan has gone through as QB1 of this franchise. He faced adversity during his time in Atlanta, and he overcame it, finding colder, potentially less green pastures in Wisconsin.

Favre is, as you probably know, a no nonsense guy. He tells it like it is. In his mind, the solution for Ryan, assuming he wants or needs more respect from fans and his peers, is simple: win more playoff games. Genius! (Credit to Vaughn McClure for the quote. Go read his article now, if you haven't already.)

"Until you win playoff games and get to the big game, that's always going to dog you," Favre said. "I don't think it's a knock necessarily on him and him only. I think there's a lot of reasons why they haven't gone any further. Mainly, their defense has not matched their offense, at times. So I think Matt is a heck of a quarterback. I think he's proven that. But it's no secret here -€” and I'm sure he knows it, too -€” he's got to go on further in the postseason to get that off his back. But I think he's very capable.''

Multiple things to point out here. First, Favre likes stating the obvious. But that's not really the point. The point is that he seemingly endorses Ryan, seeing him as someone who can and should win playoff games. With a 1-4 post-season record, Ryan certainly does have some work to do. Your thoughts?