Arthur Blank says Matt Ryan is everything you could want in a CEO

AP

The Falcons took a step backward last season, but owner Arthur Blank says he has no doubt that Matt Ryan is the quarterback to lead the franchise going forward.

And Blank paid what is, coming from a billionaire businessman, a huge compliment to Ryan’s leadership qualities: Blank says Ryan would make a great chief executive.

“He’s grown as a quarterback,” Blank told ESPN blogger Pat Yasinskas. “He’s grown as an individual. He’s obviously a great team leader. People recognize that and identify with him. He’s exactly what you would want in the CEO of a business. He’s the first to work and the last to leave. He works the hardest and studies. He provides all kinds of leadership on and off the field. I’m thrilled where he is.’’

However, Blank also acknowledged that Ryan’s progress hasn’t translated to progress for the Falcons in the postseason.

“He understands this, that to become an elite quarterback in the league, you’ve got to win playoff games,” Blank said.

So Ryan may be everything you could want in a CEO, but he’s not everything you could want in an elite quarterback.

32 responses to “Arthur Blank says Matt Ryan is everything you could want in a CEO

  1. How’d he get the nickname “matty ice” again? He has as much ice as Payton manning in the post season.

  2. It’s a High School nickname that followed him to Boston College and then into the NFL. It should be noted that he doesn’t call himself that, it’s the inane media that insists on using it.

  3. Meaning that at some point Matt will end up in jail for fraud and gross mismanagement of company funds. If he doesn’t manage to flee to the French Antilles before the auditors find the discrepancies.

  4. I thought we weren’t allowed to talk about starting QBs today…. Hmmmm.

    Matty Ice indeed. Solid regular season QB, ices down in the playoffs. He has the ability, but “potential” only gets you so far. You’ve got the weapons on offense, time to step it up Matty.

  5. Love Matt Ryan as a person, but I don’t think he has everything it takes to be an elite, Super Bowl winning QB. One thing is for sure: This is the year for him. All the pieces are in place on offense and Mike Nolan is going to make sure the defense is solid. If he can’t get it done this season, he’s likely to face some Romo-esque scrutiny going forward.

  6. He’s an above average QB but he gets WAY too much hype as some franchise QB. It’s not that Atl hasn’t won a playoff game with him at the helm, it’s how HE has played in those games that is disappointing.

  7. He gained the name in college. Although he does have 16 game winning drives under his belt. It pays to do your homework. Keeps you from looking silly to the other posters bearsstillsuck

  8. Young QB overhyped by the media …. dont act so shocked. Every QB is over-rated when their team wins and under-rated when they lose.

    Atlantas last 3 playoff appearances / losses were against the Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl winner, and Super Bowl runner up (Giants, Packers, Cardinals) Although these losses were particularly embarrassing and humbling, they were beaten by the best. But I agree that QBs are evaluated based on playoffs wins, and the Falcons showed they were not up to par, especially the last 2 years.

    I feel as if Ryan was being held back by Mike Mularkey and the offensive system he had in place for the last few years. Im hoping that will change with this new guy, but seeing what he has done in Jacksonville…….

  9. bearsstillsuck wrote:

    How’d he get the nickname “matty ice” again? He has as much ice as Payton manning in the post season.
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    It looks like you need a cheat sheet, so let me help you out a little:

    Peyton Manning (not Payton manning) has 1 ring and played in 2 SB’s. Pretty darn good for a QB.

    Sean Payton (not sean Peyton) has a perfect SB record, with 1 ring.

    Stick to hating the Bears, bc clearly making fun of the Falcons, Manning, and Matt Ryan are far above your abilities.

  10. Matt Ryan > Flacco, Alex Smith, Sanchez, Kolb, Cassel, Cutler, Moore, McCoy, T. Jackson, Dalton, Grossman, Fitzpatrick… plus he is still young. The Falcons are in position to get better else where first.

  11. I don’t get the whole emphasis on this year, as opposed to last year. I’m hearing that he’s going to have better weapons, but who are they? I can see Michael Turner, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, etc. They were here last season!

    As for the defense, they were the only ones that scored during the playoffs in yet another 1-and-done playoff appearance. So what’s going to change from last year to the next? Or the year before that? Age? Experience? Because that can be said about ANY quarterback in the NFL.

  12. Can we finally say that Joe Flacco is better yet?

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    Flaccos ability to win playoff games despite playing like the worst player on either team doesn’t make him better. His best game was probably the one against NE that he lost.

  13. I truly find this amusing, where’s the “Matty Frost can’t win a playoff game at” or things of that nature,yet Tony Romo who’s known for 4k yards n 28-30 td’s seems to always garner a hate spewing?? *shrugs* this upcoming season #TeamCowboys we need to play ATL in the divisional round,Packers and New York Dwarfs showed how to beat them,go up 21 and the game is over

  14. tropboi11 says:
    Apr 2, 2012 2:28 PM
    Matt Ryan > Flacco, Alex Smith, Sanchez, Kolb, Cassel, Cutler, Moore, McCoy, T. Jackson, Dalton, Grossman, Fitzpatrick… plus he is still young. The Falcons are in position to get better else where first.

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    Agree with QB rankings … disagree with they are in better position to get better elsewhere. The Falcons are an “All or Nothing” team that has a good year and then a bad year. The continuously fall short of expectations and are getting older. With limited draft picks this year one has to wonder if the elements they have now will be around when they get the key playmakers on defense that they desperately need.

  15. elroyjetsson says:Apr 2, 2012 2:49 PM

    Sanchez , FOUR road playoff wins

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    Sanchez, 0 division titles, 0 AFC championship titles, 0 Super Bowl wins.

    No one cares about wins unless they come with a trophy. That’s a good lesson for Matt Ryan too.

  16. Matt Ryan.

    Tony Romo.

    Michael Vick.

    They could all have ICE in their name somewhere with the bigtime choke jobs they’ve pulled in their careers.

  17. elroyjetsson says:Apr 2, 2012 2:49 PM

    Sanchez , FOUR road playoff wins

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    Sanchez, 0 division titles, 0 AFC championship titles, 0 Super Bowl wins.

    No one cares about wins unless they come with a trophy. That’s a good lesson for Matt Ryan too.

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    your logic is hilarious, and i am a panthers fan.

    jake delhomme 2 division titles, 1 nfc championship title, 0 superbowl wins.

    5-3 playoff record, including 2 nfc championship appearances and 1 super bowl appearance.

  18. This is from the guy who hired Bob Nardelli to be CEO of Home Depot who then went out and promptly ruined the company, got fired, got a huge severance package and then got hired by Chrysler. Everybody should know how he did with Chrysler. So, no wonder the Falcons suck in the playoffs.

  19. I’ve always thought Ryan was over-hyped. However, he’s had an average o-line and an average defense to work with.

    When Joe Flacco goes 1-4 with 2 interceptions, his team can still pull out a win. It’s because he has a good surrounding cast.

    Ryan is capable of winning for them, but he needs more around him than what he’s got. Sorry but he’s not good enough to be a one-man show.

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