Matt Ryan the Problem? 20+ NFL Teams Would Disagree

Thomas Mott
November 26, 2019 - 1:55 am
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So instead of starting my show Monday talking about how horrible the defense was Sunday, or how horrible the offensive line was. I, yet again, have to talk about Matt Ryan.

Mind you, this is not my wish nor of my own thoughts. I am being forced to talk about Ryan because of you, the fans!

Now, I know, there are plenty of sane, logical and good-willed fans throughout Atlanta who understand that Ryan is not the problem. I’m not talking about y'all right now.

I’m talking about the fans out there who continue to watch the Falcons stink week after week and yet the first person they can think to blame continues to be Ryan.

In the past, I’ve done segments where I defended Ryan by showing that his stats are still great this season. He's ninth in completion percentage, sixth in yards, 10th in touchdowns and fifth in yards per game. Basically top 10 in every major QB category we can look at. However, some of y'all still don’t want to listen to the stats.

In the past, I’ve pointed to the offensive line giving Ryan zero time to throw the football.  For instance yesterday, six sacks and like 10,000 QB hits would be a great argument to why it’s not Ryan’s fault. However, some of y'all don’t want to hear that either because you think that a mobile quarterback would fix this issue.


In the past, I’ve pointed to the complete and total lack of a running game which ranks SECOND TO LAST IN YARDS PER GAME this year. However, some of y'all don’t want to listen to that argument either.

So this leads me with having to come up with new ways to argue that Ryan is not the issue.

If I can’t use the D-line, the O-line, the running game or the coaching, than I must improvise and adapt.

So here it goes. How about this? How many other teams in the NFL would take Ryan over their current QB situation?

Guess what, the number is actually shocking. Let’s look together.

I’m going to rattle off some teams’ starting QBs. You tell me if they would rather have Ryan this year than what they currently have.

  1. Carolina: Kyle Allen.
  2. Chicago: Mitch Trubisky.
  3. Cincinnati: Ryan Finley.
  4. Denver: Brandon Allen.
  5. Detroit: Jeff Driskel.
  6. Indanapolis: Brian Hoyer/Jacoby Brussett.
  7. Los Angeles Chargers: Philip Rivers.
  8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  9. Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr.
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers: Devlin Hodges.
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston.
  12. Tennessee Titnas: Ryan Tannehill.

That’s 12 teams. That’s not counting young guys who are unproven like Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones.

In fact, it could be even more teams, but I left out teams like Minnesota with Kirk Cousins, Jacksonville with Nick Foles and the Rams with Jared Goff. You could argue Ryan would be a better starter on any of those teams.

Here’s what I know. New England, Baltimore, Dallas, Green Bay, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Seattle would all argue they like their QB better. I get that.

For every other team in the NFL, they would either squeal at the thought of Ryan as their QB over what they have or they would seriously consider it.

Please stop pushing this nonsense that Matt Ryan is the problem. Because one day you might get your wish. And I don’t think you’ll end up liking the outcome.