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Matt Ryan: “We certainly didn’t take a step forward”

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Ryan is helped up by Blalock and Clabo after an incomplete pass in the 2nd half during their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford Reuters

The reloaded Falcons offense didn’t score a point against the Giants.  The Falcons defense eventually wore down and got steamrolled in the second half.

Another one and done in the playoffs by the Falcons has folks wondering if the 2011 team made any progress under coach Mike Smith.

“We did not play consistent football,” said Smith via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

We think the opposite is true. The Falcons were among the most consistents team in the league. They were a consistent B-. They beat bad teams and lost to good teams. They were vanilla ice cream.

Asked if the team took a step back in 2011, quarterback Matt Ryan said, ““We certainly didn’t take a step forward.”

We don’t want to minimize what G.M. Thomas Dimitroff and Smith have accomplished. The Falcons never had back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history, and the two men have directed four straight winning teams.

Dimitroff is building this team the right way, but it’s been difficult getting from good to great. They lost the last two playoff games by a combined score of 72-23.

“I don’t think we took a step back [this season]. Obviously 0-3 in the playoffs is not where anybody wants to be,” owner Arthur Blank said. “It was disappointing not scoring any points . . . They made a couple of explosive plays.”

The Falcons and their fans have grown too used to that happening against them in January.

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84 Responses to “Matt Ryan: “We certainly didn’t take a step forward””
  1. cakemixa says: Jan 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    ESPECIALLY on 4th and 1s, they did not take a step forward!

  2. factoryofsadness says: Jan 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    As a Browns fan, thank you for losing. Pick #22 coming our way.

  3. terrellpryorstattooartist says: Jan 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    This kid has had better WRs, o-line, tight end, and a better offensive coordinator then Joe flacco every single year he’s been in the league and who has better numbers overall? Nuff said

  4. hscorpio says: Jan 9, 2012 9:34 AM

    It’s not really hard to get from bad to good. Teams do it all the time.

    Getting from “good” to “great” is the hardest thing to do in the NFL.

  5. test2402 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:34 AM

    A step forward = Tim Tebow.

  6. leftdust says: Jan 9, 2012 9:34 AM

    Ryan needs to become the alpha dog in a hurry – he’s yet to prove he’s a true franchise QB. Whether that’s the Falcons staff’s fault or his – time’s running out for the kid with the 15-year-old’s body.

  7. dontslapthebass says: Jan 9, 2012 9:35 AM

    the offensive line is HORRIBLE.

  8. skippynj says: Jan 9, 2012 9:35 AM

    @droppydarock

    Where are you this morning kid? Probably can’t get out of bed. It’s not too late. Turn away from the dark side and become a Saints fan. Seriously, the Braves have more offense than the falcons. Enjoy our march for 2DAT!

  9. schmitty2 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:35 AM

    Asked if the team took a step back in 2011, quarterback Matt Ryan said, ““We certainly didn’t take a step forward.”

    And Matt certainly proved he can’t take steps anywhere outside the pocket and be effective

  10. southpaw2k says: Jan 9, 2012 9:35 AM

    Flacco’s definitely been spotty in his career to date, but I don’t see how or why anyone would take Matt Ryan over Flacco given Ryan’s career record away from the Georgia Dome and his 0-3 playoff record.

  11. rdawg911 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:35 AM

    I am not too sure what the problem is here. This team has a lot of skill players on offense which leads me to believe it is either the offensive line that is the issue, or Matt Ryan. It has to be the former, because I do believe Matt Ryan is a top 10 quarterback in this league. The defense needs help in the secondary. This team is going to have issues with Brees and Cam in the division for years to come.

  12. blackngoldsuperbowl says: Jan 9, 2012 9:36 AM

    Nicks Dirty Bird Dance was EPIC !!!!

    (Saints Fan Here)

    ATL, is just vanilla.

  13. bikindrumz says: Jan 9, 2012 9:38 AM

    Curious to what the outcome could have been if it wasn’t for those failed 4th and short attempts. A good team, but consistently inconsistent. Giants D looked solid.

  14. rr2000k says: Jan 9, 2012 9:42 AM

    Now please stop comparing Ryan to Flacco!

  15. ncaafollower says: Jan 9, 2012 9:43 AM

    Falcons had a stupid gameplan, showing empty backfield sets with it being 4th and inches.

    It’s the NFL… you need to put points on the board as frequently as possible. You can’t just sit around and hope that the other team will be just as dumb in its play calling.

  16. jjohnson154 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:43 AM

    Here’s a step forward. Fire Mike Smith. YOU DON’T GO FOR IT ON 4th IN FIELD GOAL RANGE.

  17. longdrivesaint says: Jan 9, 2012 9:44 AM

    And the Gmen quote Dirty Harry to the Failcons on going for it again on 4th down: “Go ahead punk, make my day” lmao. Same ole’ Failcons

  18. wegonnadoitbaby says: Jan 9, 2012 9:46 AM

    Atlanta does not play well on the road, and they don’t play well in non-domed stadiums.

    That said, there was no room for error. The two fourth and one calls were inexplicable. They not only left points off the board, but by not making them they gave the Giants an emotional lift as well as brought the crowd to life.

    You can’t say what would have happened had they taken the field goals, but you can say Mike Smith did the same thing during the regular season and failed and lost, so why would he do the same thing in the loser go home playoffs. It’s a problem.

  19. craggt says: Jan 9, 2012 9:48 AM

    “Dimitroff is building this team the right way, but it’s been difficult getting from good to great.”

    Paying a King’s ransom to draft a 1st round wide receiver is not building a team the right way. Julio Jones is very talented but if you have good scouts you can find WRs for nothing (undrafted) or almost nothing (late rounds) Perfect examples are Victor Cruz and Stevie Johnson.

    The trade to get Jones is going to hurt this team.

  20. salmen76 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:48 AM

    Falcons have never won anything and they never will. I listen to their fans spout crap about how good they are and how bad they’re going to beat someone every week. And they name their QB “Matty Ice” for what. He’s never won a single playoff game. He’s lost 3. And i just let it go in one ear and out the other because i know when the Falcons get in the playoffs they’ll always do what they do best, “lose”. Ha Ha. I laugh in their faces! Geaux Saints!

  21. dannyreneau says: Jan 9, 2012 9:50 AM

    Im not convinced they will ever be more then a B- team.

  22. jamaltimore says: Jan 9, 2012 9:51 AM

    Once again this kid and his team chokes in the playoffs. Meanwhile Flacco is getting ready to 4th playoff run in 4 years (winning at least one game every year and an AFC championship appearance. Flacco is the better QB yet he gets none of the respect from the national media that matty ice cold in big games does.

  23. kingjoe1 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:55 AM

    Matty Ice, apparently doesnt like the southern heat. He choked again.

  24. bhindenemylines says: Jan 9, 2012 9:55 AM

    So “Matty Ice” is now 0-3 in the playoffs.

    Sounds like he can’t win the big game.

    At what point does the media and haters start crucifying him as they did/do Romo?

    Romo went 1-2 in his 1st three post season starts, yet 99% of the free world consider him a bust.

    If that is the case, what does that say about Ryan???

  25. jimr10 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:56 AM

    well, thank your coach for giving away all those draft choices.. Atlanta could have used some more guys on defense…

  26. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jan 9, 2012 9:56 AM

    Tony Romo > Matt Ryan

  27. raven410 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:59 AM

    I don’t wanna hear any more talk about Matt Ryan being better than Flacco. That’s it..it’s done. I’m not saying that Flacco is elite..all I’m saying is that Matt Ryan isn’t better. No more excuses..There is no reason why the Falcons couldn’t put up at least 3 points..come back and Talk when Ryan wins a playoff game.

  28. gallaghedj311 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:00 AM

    Michael Vick has a better track record in the playoffs fo Atlanta than Matty ice does….

  29. ajknox88 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:02 AM

    Falcons fans question, is Matt Ryan your guy going into next year?

  30. ironhead3000 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:03 AM

    This year Matt? What about the previous 2 or 3 seasons? Having a good regular season only goes so far, especially if you you lay a egg in the postseason. I think it’s about time to drop the “Matty Ice” nickname.

  31. mlenenski says: Jan 9, 2012 10:03 AM

    The bottom line is that Mike Smith doesn’t trust Michael Turner to gain a yard when they need it.
    Turner probably hasn’t been forgiven for fumbling in the playoff game against the Cardinal in 2008.

    The Atlanta coaching staff is foolish to believe they could solve this short yardage problem they have without better interior lineman and a more powerful running back that doesn’t fumble in playoff games.

    Foolish might be the wrong word. Delusional is probably better.

  32. ripits says: Jan 9, 2012 10:07 AM

    most overrated player in the league

  33. yamchargers says: Jan 9, 2012 10:08 AM

    There are the new Chargers. And dont let my screename fool you thats not a compliment.

  34. duanethomas says: Jan 9, 2012 10:08 AM

    Matty Ice. ESPN came up with that nickname and all the fools in the media followed. Well follow this: Tebow and Yates have more wins then “Matty Ice”.

  35. duanethomas says: Jan 9, 2012 10:09 AM

    In the playoffs I mean. Ryan 0-3 Tebow 1-0 Yates 1-0

  36. bawston1 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:11 AM

    Statement sounds familiar, four years at BC and never won the big game against VT.

  37. KIR says: Jan 9, 2012 10:12 AM

    So says the check down King.

  38. KIR says: Jan 9, 2012 10:13 AM

    Tim Tebow > Matt Ryan
    You can’t measure guts and heart

  39. footballfan83 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:14 AM

    Don’t worry Matt you are still a media darling. I don’t see any of the major sports networks giving Ryan any blame. You give up an entire draft for Julio Jones and settle for dink and dunk check downs? 0 offensive points? Julio runs faster and farther than Ryan’s noodle arm can throw. In fact, most of Ryan’s big play TDs this year were Julio doing most of the work. 20 yard pass turned into an 80 yard TD with Julio running for 60 yards after the catch. But don’t worry Matt they will blame everyone but you.

  40. megatron81urcrazy says: Jan 9, 2012 10:14 AM

    The Giants got after Ryan but most of his throws were just off. He looked like he was forcing it. When you look at Brady, Brees or Rodgers they look so confident in the pocket, Ryan doesn’t. I think his recievers and running game make him look better than he is. Everyone says defense and running game wins in the playoffs and while that may be true in the AFC this is the NFC where you gotta go through GB,NO,NyG,DET,PHI all with QBs who can kill you. Atlanta needs a QB that can carve someone up when his running game is shut down, Ryan is not that. Atlanta is going nowhere, they aren’t getting any younger.

  41. footballfan83 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:19 AM

    dontslapthebass says:
    Jan 9, 2012 9:35 AM
    the offensive line is HORRIBLE.

    And yet somehow Turner was #3 in the NFL in rushing behind such a “horrible” offensive line.

    And Ryan was sacked only twice against NYG – one of them to end the game.

    Funny – that the offensive line is all of a sudden “horrible” and gets the blame. I guess you have to blame someone…anyone…other than Ryan himself.

  42. virger says: Jan 9, 2012 10:20 AM

    This kid has had better WRs, o-line, tight end, and a better offensive coordinator then Joe flacco every single year he’s been in the league and who has better numbers overall? Nuff said
    ———-

    So, Flacco is marginally better than Matt Ryan, who is a mediocre, overrated QB.

  43. mikea311 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:20 AM

    Eli manning lost his first three playoff games too. Hell he just won his first home game.

  44. rpiotr01 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:26 AM

    Trading two drafts worth of high picks for a WR is NOT the right way.

    Matt Ryan has played well from the get-go of his career but it looks more and more like he has hit his ceiling both physically and mentally as a QB. He’s simply not a guy who can take a team on his back and win a game for them.

  45. damnsureis says: Jan 9, 2012 10:32 AM

    I blame this loss on Mike Smith and his decision to go for on 4th down in field goal range early and failing twice. If they kick field goals then this game stays much closer and the defense doesn’t decide to fold up in the second half.

  46. CKL says: Jan 9, 2012 10:32 AM

    southpaw2k says:
    Jan 9, 2012 9:35 AM
    Flacco’s definitely been spotty in his career to date, but I don’t see how or why anyone would take Matt Ryan over Flacco given Ryan’s career record away from the Georgia Dome and his 0-3 playoff record.
    __________________________________
    I’m far from a Ryan fan (I think he’s an above avg Qb but no more than that) but he’s never had a defense behind him like Flacco has. His OL is also not as physical as Balt’s. It’s weird, usually I think of a team that can run the ball like ATL’s has to be a physically tough team but Atl just isn’t. Baltimore is physically tough. Your team is in the tub all week after playing them for sure. Atl, they’re probably lifting weights& running marathons the next day after playing Atl.

    If Ryan ever went something like 4/10 with an INT in a playoff game and won no one would credit him with having any part in a victory. I watched Flacco have that game against my team in the playoffs in 09 and win.

    Ryan was just a 60% passer when he played outside in college, methinks this is just Ryan. His stats are inflated by playing in a climate controlled environment. All QBs’ stats would be but when you’re an average type QB the difference is more glaring.

  47. cadub49er says: Jan 9, 2012 10:40 AM

    If you watched the Falcons during the year, they rarely have any rhythm on offense. I would blame Mike Mularkey for this. How does this guy even get a sniff in being considerd for a head coaching job?

    Mularkey turns Matt Ryan into a wannabe Peyton Manning with all his reads and checkdowns before each play. before you know it, the whole 40 second clock has run down.

    The offenseive line is less than mediocre and it seems it takes Michael Turner an eternity to get to the line of scrimmage. He is like Brandon Jacobs. Don’t put him in a play where he has to run laterally and then go up the field. Get him up the field ASAP. The Falcons would be better off with two backs and need an Ahmad Bradshaw type back to complement Turner.

    Julio Jones is a piece of the puzzle and while Roddy White can still move, he is the other WR. Gonzo has maybe one or two more years if he feels like playing.

    It’s frustrating watching the Falcons offense as they continue to underachieve. Put the blame on the playcalling and Mularkey. He is ridiculously overrated.

  48. tv426 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:42 AM

    Sorry, I can’t root for a team coached by Steve Martin.

  49. ttommytom says: Jan 9, 2012 10:43 AM

    Not having Moore and Grimes eventually caught up to them. Plus their OL is bad. Go back to the reach that was Sam Baker. Don’t draft for need in the first 2 rounds.

  50. footballfan83 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:43 AM

    Anyone that wants to compare Ryan and Flacco, just look at how their rookie WRs scored their TDs this year – Flacco hit Torrey Smith in stride in the endzone for a good portion of Torrey’s TDs this year. Ryan threw 10-20 yard passes to Julio and Julio ran 40, 50…80 yards after the catch for a TD. Look it up. Besides the 50 yard TD against the Colts, all of Ryan’s TD passes to Julio were a result of Julio breaking it ON HIS OWN, whereas Torrey Smith got his TDs because Flacco hit him in motion in the endzone.

  51. ttommytom says: Jan 9, 2012 10:48 AM

    P.S…
    Getting good to great is the hardest thing to do in any endeavor in life. Economics 101 explains it best in the Law of Diminishing Returns.

  52. megaroad1 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:50 AM

    ‘Matty Ice’ the ESPN darling showed that he’s an average QB at best.

  53. alewatcher says: Jan 9, 2012 10:52 AM

    The Falcons again prove that shiny hood ornaments (i.e., Julio Jones) don’t help teams win games. The fact that they gave up so many draft picks makes it even worse.

  54. roamingabriel says: Jan 9, 2012 10:52 AM

    Mark Sanchez > Matt Ryan

  55. panthers34 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:55 AM

    Anybody else get a Houston Oilers of the late 80’s/early 90’s vibe from these guys?

  56. purpleguy says: Jan 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    I can’t figure this team out. Either it’s a very well coached team that is making the best of limited talent (except a few big name guys), or poorly coached on offense. Clearly, something’s missing.

  57. raven410 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    CKL- The defense has nothing to do with it in this situation. Excuses Excuses Excuses. Flacco has never had a WR tandem as good as ATL..even last year when we had all the washed up old WR’s. If the QB’s switched teams..I promise you Flacco would have at LEAST led the Falcons to field goal range. Can’t complain about the defense that put up the only points of the game..a two run homer by Chipper Jones. C’mon man! LOL

  58. djkeitse22 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:03 AM

    jjohnson154 says:
    Jan 9, 2012 9:43 AM
    Here’s a step forward. Fire Mike Smith. YOU DON’T GO FOR IT ON 4th IN FIELD GOAL RANGE.

    They just trying to be like the Saints, so what’s new.

  59. 6ball says: Jan 9, 2012 11:11 AM

    .

    @factoryofsadness

    “Thanks for losing. Pick #22 coming our way. ( to Cleveland )”

    In other words we can officially start referring to the still undrafted, Pick 22 as “the bust “.

    .

  60. shoooootum says: Jan 9, 2012 11:13 AM

    this goes out to the Dirty Turds.,.,.

    You had a bad day
    You’re taking one down
    You sing a sad song just to turn it around
    You say you don’t know
    You tell me don’t lie
    You work at a smile and you go for a ride
    You had a bad day
    The camera don’t lie
    You’re coming back down and you really don’t mind
    You had a bad dayyyyyy’aaaa ya had a bad day

    who dat

  61. lenke08 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:17 AM

    thanks for the draft pick. from a browns fan

  62. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 9, 2012 11:28 AM

    Calm down Saints Fans!! Let’s not forget you cut off your Nose to spite your faces for the past 2-3 decades. Bags over your head to watch games… Enuff Said.. And I will say it… With the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, yes you guess have become the sympathetic darlings… So stop it with all the great football city talk… As for the Falcons Mike Smith or Matt Ryan Pick one or Both to not return next year… Mike Smith has done all he can do, but he can’t get them over the hump… Matt Ryan is a slightly above average QB but nowhere near elite. Definition of Insanity is doing the same thing expecting a different outcome. Time for change in THE A.. Tony Dungy or Jon Gruden. Championship Coach who can get good teams over the Hump to become NFL Champs. And that Peyton Manning guy as your QB to get the ball down Field to the Best 1,2 receiving combo in the league in Roddy and Julio.. But change must come.

  63. grogansheroes says: Jan 9, 2012 11:29 AM

    I’m from Boston, so i got to see a lot of Ryan’s games at BC. Every time BC had a chance to win a game to get to a major bowl, you guessed it, he choked. Get used to it Falcon fans. He is like the home run hitter that gets you three home runs in a 14-1 game, and strikes out in the ninth down by a run.

  64. fishtank86 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    They didnt play to their strengths. Mike smith should of learned his lesson on those 4th down calls. No michael turner on those 4 and shorts? Stacked line, no backfield. Gee, qb sneak against 3 all pro linemen? Just poor playcalling. No situational preperation. Not enough screens or flat passes against a poor tackling giants secondary.

  65. slatetundra07 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:39 AM

    2 points from defense…yeah. I would argue to say that you didn’t take any steps.

  66. roadsideking says: Jan 9, 2012 11:40 AM

    I hear all this Flaco/Ryan talk. Doesn’t anybody understand that there is a big difference between the Ravens D Vs the Falcon D? Also instead of blaming Ryan how about their dumb offensive coordinator who needed to be fired 3 years ago! I hope The O coordinator ends up in Miami so he can ruin that team as well.

  67. ebeg420 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:51 AM

    Tim Tebow 1-0
    TJ Yates 1-0
    Matty “ICE” 0-3 LMAO

    OVER RATED!!!!
    And it doesn’t help to have a MORON as a head coach!!

  68. ebeg420 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:53 AM

    Somewhere, Daniel Powter is PROUD!!!

  69. bigbluelou says: Jan 9, 2012 11:57 AM

    Jints are 3-0 vs Ryans!
    Eli 4-0 Vs Falcons!
    Matty Ice melted.

  70. goawayeverybody says: Jan 9, 2012 12:16 PM

    I love how certainly analysts opined during the pre-season that the Falcons were headed to the Super Bowl with their new weapon Julio Jones. Nothing made me happier yesterday than watching the Dirty Birds crash and burn yet again in the playoffs.

    Oh wait, watching the Steelers lose to Tebow was better. I almost forgot.

  71. ravensfan996 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:27 PM

    @cadub49er ; underachieve? This is the same team that scored 42 points in 2 quarters last week??? Here’s the thing, Ryan chokes!!! He hasn’t won a big game, ever!!! Flacco may not look like Manning in his playoff wins, but he has won. And yes, he may have been 4/10 against the Pats, but he really never had to throw the ball, R.R had already given the Ravens a 14-0 lead, and the Defense was shutting Brady down.

  72. jdandcoke says: Jan 9, 2012 12:35 PM

    eli manning did NOT start out 0-3 in the playoffs. he lost his first TWO, then won the SB, then lost again, then won yesterday. he’s currently 5-3 in the postseason.

  73. steelerfansareretards says: Jan 9, 2012 1:05 PM

    CKL says:
    Jan 9, 2012 10:32 AM

    If Ryan ever went something like 4/10 with an INT in a playoff game and won no one would credit him with having any part in a victory. I watched Flacco have that game against my team in the playoffs in 09 and win.

    ————————————————

    I’m not sure why everyone always points to that game. Should we take away one of Flacco’s wins in the post season because his team got out to a 28-7 half time lead, and there was no reason to throw the ball? How does Flacco having 10 attempts make him better or worse than Ryan? Can you please find me a QB that can win a game by only throwing (and/or rushing) the ball 10 times?

    I get what you’re saying…you’re saying that Flacco didn’t really win that game so comparing playoff wins against Ryan is mute because Flacco didn’t really win that game. Ok, fair enough. What about at Kansis City last year when he threw a couple TD passes and put up decent numbers? What about the Titans game 3 years ago when he delivered a two minute drill drive to put Stover into FG position to win the game?

    What if Flacco delivers another effective game with 2 or 3 TD passes against Houston to give him a 5-3 playoff record? What will you say then? Oh well he has Ray Rice and a good defense? Matt Ryan’s offense is LOADED. Flacco had a 36 year WR who’s not even in the NFL anymore. In time, I think this will become less of a debate because Flacco will continue to win and Ryan will continue to choke.

  74. shoooootum says: Jan 9, 2012 1:15 PM

    edrownwaregal:

    Keep your sympathy ,.,,.,. we don’t want it, we don’t need it,.,.
    you must bee a Dirty Turd..,.,.,.,.

  75. blasterpastor says: Jan 9, 2012 1:54 PM

    You can win all season but, if you consistently lose in the playoffs, you simply aren’t a good team. I’m in Atlanta and this morning’s headline reads: “Coming Up Empty” – exactly!

  76. ultraback29 says: Jan 9, 2012 2:04 PM

    The Falcons offense wasn’t as bad as the score indicated (they refused to take some fairly easy field goals), but to only come up with a safety as a team in the playoffs is outright shameful in this day and age especially with the playmakers that are on that offense.

    Two years ago, Bob Costas had an interview in ’09 with Matt Ryan and made mention of the fact of how Tim Tebow (@UF then) was more recognizable in Atlanta than him. The team is in the unfortunate position of not getting serious media scrutiny. It doesn’t help that CNN closed its sports div several years ago.

    Matt Ryan and the Falcons, so consistent compared with the past, are way too good for the results they’re gotten so far. The team needs to be examined in some way from the outside. If not the media, then consultants ought to be brought in. I guess Dan Reeves could be brought back in some capacity, maybe?

  77. ppdoc13 says: Jan 9, 2012 2:07 PM

    I agree with all the Ravens posters. Until your boy wins a game in the playoffs there is NO comparison. Joe has the best record of any QB in the first 4 years of his career and has 4 playoff wins. Matt Ryan has ZIP.

    At least now we know what he is called Matty Ice. Because when it matters most he gets real cold and can’t hit the passes he needs. As far as comparing our defenses you have a valid point, but lets also say that Joe Flacco has nothing like Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony G playing for him. And the Falcons have one of the better OL’s in the league.

  78. starderup says: Jan 9, 2012 2:15 PM

    The Gnats are going to be watching after this week. They won’t get the home cooking they got all day yesterday.
    I didn’t agree with going for it twice on 4th, but Smith has been good for the franchise. We do need a new OC, and right away.
    Those of you out there that seem to have some kind of grudge against the Falcons, can kiss our butts. They have come a long way since the days of the original owners, who were horrible.

  79. rando74 says: Jan 9, 2012 2:16 PM

    Dear Matt,

    Please stop doing my job for me.

    Thank you,

    Captain Obvious.

  80. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 9, 2012 2:29 PM

    Can we stop calling him Matty ice now?

  81. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 9, 2012 3:01 PM

    Do not blame the weather it felt like a fall day with zero wind.

    I want to personaly thank Mr. Rynn the rest of the Falcons including the owners and coaches for allowing the Giant Fans to have a great time at Metlife aka Giant Stadium

    Right now the Giants may not be as good as the packers but they do not know that and after a shutout
    Well again Thank You ATL it was our pleasure I hope you all enjoyed northern hospitality

  82. buffalomafia says: Jan 9, 2012 3:04 PM

    Just like the Atlanta Braves the Falcons choked again!

    With all that talent the Falcons have you would think they would be more dominant?!

  83. raylewis96 says: Jan 9, 2012 3:56 PM

    You got that right

  84. CKL says: Jan 9, 2012 4:08 PM

    steelerfansareretards says: Jan 9, 2012 1:05 PM

    I’m not sure why everyone always points to that game. Should we take away one of Flacco’s wins in the post season because his team got out to a 28-7 half time lead, and there was no reason to throw the ball? How does Flacco having 10 attempts make him better or worse than Ryan? Can you please find me a QB that can win a game by only throwing (and/or rushing) the ball 10 times?

    I get what you’re saying…you’re saying that Flacco didn’t really win that game so comparing playoff wins against Ryan is mute because Flacco didn’t really win that game. Ok, fair enough. What about at Kansis City last year when he threw a couple TD passes and put up decent numbers? What about the Titans game 3 years ago when he delivered a two minute drill drive to put Stover into FG position to win the game?

    What if Flacco delivers another effective game with 2 or 3 TD passes against Houston to give him a 5-3 playoff record? What will you say then? Oh well he has Ray Rice and a good defense? Matt Ryan’s offense is LOADED. Flacco had a 36 year WR who’s not even in the NFL anymore. In time, I think this will become less of a debate because Flacco will continue to win and Ryan will continue to choke.
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    RE: your first paragraph-Nope, I’m just not big on saying any one player “has” a W-L record. HCs have W-L records. Franchises have W-L records. Not individual players in team sports. Flacco has played well in losses and poorly in wins, like a lot of other QBs. As to the last sentence of that paragraph, FLACCO is one who threw 10 passes and won so I am not sure what your questions was.

    I don’t look at W-L or rings in evaluating players. I look at does he help or hurt his team in its journey to GET rings/wins. Much as I dislike Peyton Manning, I never thought it was fair to say “nanny nanny boo boo Brady has 3 rings and he has none that’s the reason Brady’s better” prior to 06. If he’s more of a reason that holds a team back then he’s not great. And if he elevates his team/his unit he is.

    You are correct that Flacco has never had the WR corps that Ryan has now. There have been times they have let him down more than a pro WR corps should. That’s a counter to Ryan never having Flacco’s defense backing him. My sole point was really that neither guy is usually (not EVER, but USUALLY) a main reason their team wins. But they aren’t bad players. Just average with a ceiling of above average.

    I personally would love a world where an above average QB, a great run game and nasty D wins a SB more often. I like that style better than this arena league stuff that’s the norm now . It’s nice to see teams like Balt, SF, Den and Hou in the dance. I like all of their styles of play. Atl is too finesse. My team has been a victim of that too so I know it when I see it, unfortunately. My team has a difference maker type of QB though so it isn’t as glaring as it is with Atl.

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