Ryan sets baseline for NFL QB expectations

What is the Matt Ryan Line?

Thomas Mott
August 14, 2019 - 12:25 am

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So, what exactly is the Matt Ryan Line?  

Nick Wright, from FS1's show, First Things First, came up with a graphic to help determine if a Quarterback is worth a contract extension.  Nick calls this, the Matt Ryan Line.  

Everyone, including Ryan and those above Ryan, is absolutely worth the extension.  There are no rookies included on this list.  Thomas Mott, host of Ready or Mott, explains the list and breaks down Nick's fantastic graphic.

Above the Matt Ryan line: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Ben Rothlisberger, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, Kirk Cousins.

Ryan has been in the league long enough and established himself as an elite QB.  It doesn't necessarily mean everyone above Ryan is better. But the quality of Ryan's contract and the player himself, set a perfect standard.  Thomas doesn't believe Cam Newton deserves to be listed above the Matt Ryan Line.  Shoulder issues and inconsistency have shown that. Kirk Cousins is another QB that probably shouldn't be above the Matt Ryan Line either, due to inconsistency. Philip Rivers, with the right team around him, could still win a championship.    

Below:  Matthew Stafford, Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr, Alex Smith, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill.

Thomas agrees 100 percent with the list below the Matt Ryan Line.  Matt Stafford hasn't done anything since getting a massive contract.  Jimmy Garoppolo hasn't been healthy, and Derek Carr doesn't even appear to be liked by Gruden.  

You should use the Matt Ryan Line going forward as an example of what to expect from your QB.