Matt Ryan has some great expectations for the upcoming football campaign. When asked to forecast what his goals for 2019 are, Ryan needed just one word to deliver an emphatic message — “champs”.
One would hope that the team expects to win it all, and that they don’t settle in their goals. Matt Ryan is Atlanta’s general, and he seems to want it all going into the epic battles of 2019.
The Falcons failed to live up to expectations last year, going 7-9 in what turned out to be a brutal season which featured seemingly endless catastrophic injuries. Hopefully we don’t look back on 2019 with disappointment on our faces, the way we look back on 2018.
Matt Ryan, however, had a excellent season despite the team’s poor record. He threw for 4924 passing yards, a TD/INT ratio of 35/7 on 8.1 yards per attempt, and registered a passer rating of 108.1. All of those are the best single-season marks of Ryan’s career, outside of his 2016 MVP season.
This isn’t the first time Matt Ryan has expressed really high expectations of his team leading up to a new season. In the Spring of 2016, he took to his own social media account to express his desire to get some “really big rings”.
Matt Ryan would go on to win MVP that season, and he would lead the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl. Had Kyle Shanahan just dialed up a few extra run plays in that Super Bowl, that Instagram post from Ryan would have gone down in Atlanta sports folklore.
Hopefully Ryan and the Falcons can fulfill that prophecy of really big rings, in 2019.
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Super Bowl Champions
NFC Champions with no Super Bowl title
NFC South Champions with no Super Bowl title
A Wild Card team with no Super Bowl title
Not even a playoff participant