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

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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.

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32 Responses to “Arthur Blank says Matt Ryan is everything you could want in a CEO”
  1. bearsstillsuck says: Apr 2, 2012 1:34 PM

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

  2. falconsfan says: Apr 2, 2012 1:41 PM

    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. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 2, 2012 1:46 PM

    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. lolo376 says: Apr 2, 2012 1:47 PM

    Over Rated!

  5. crabboil says: Apr 2, 2012 1:50 PM

    Matty Spice has the arm strength of your typical CEO.

  6. 49erstim says: Apr 2, 2012 1:50 PM

    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.

  7. ugly4s says: Apr 2, 2012 1:50 PM

    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.

  8. CKL says: Apr 2, 2012 1:51 PM

    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.

  9. dexterismyhero says: Apr 2, 2012 1:53 PM

    @bearsstillsuck says:Apr 2, 2012 1:34 PM
    ==============================

    Peyton you idiot.

  10. captatl says: Apr 2, 2012 1:56 PM

    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

  11. phillyfreak24 says: Apr 2, 2012 1:57 PM

    Ryan is a CEO?

  12. tblitz25 says: Apr 2, 2012 2:03 PM

    This is what you get when you take the “Safer more NFL ready” player.

  13. dogluverssuck says: Apr 2, 2012 2:10 PM

    Its funny that Arthur didn’t mention it has been nearly 10 years since the last playoff win :)

  14. wicky888 says: Apr 2, 2012 2:15 PM

    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…….

  15. kane337 says: Apr 2, 2012 2:18 PM

    No worries. He will start winning some playoff games soon.

  16. Grulks says: Apr 2, 2012 2:20 PM

    bearsstillsuck wrote:

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

  17. nobisoreal says: Apr 2, 2012 2:24 PM

    Can we finally say that Joe Flacco is better yet?

  18. 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.

  19. mannyicey says: Apr 2, 2012 2:38 PM

    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.

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

    Sanchez , FOUR road playoff wins

  21. hutch119 says: Apr 2, 2012 2:55 PM

    Can we finally say that Joe Flacco is better yet?

    —————–

    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.

  22. trefkennedy says: Apr 2, 2012 3:02 PM

    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

  23. jlawless87 says: Apr 2, 2012 3:04 PM

    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.

    __________________________________________

    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.

  24. bullcharger says: Apr 2, 2012 3:45 PM

    elroyjetsson says:Apr 2, 2012 2:49 PM

    Sanchez , FOUR road playoff wins

    ——————-

    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.

  25. atlien698 says: Apr 2, 2012 4:05 PM

    Well, at least Blank didn’t Ryan the Elway-Tebow treatment by saying, “If I want someone to marry my daughter, it’s him.”

  26. n0hopeleft says: Apr 2, 2012 4:07 PM

    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.

  27. stavreafavre says: Apr 2, 2012 4:09 PM

    CEOs don’t have to throw the deep out.

  28. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Apr 2, 2012 4:20 PM

    elroyjetsson says:Apr 2, 2012 2:49 PM

    Sanchez , FOUR road playoff wins

    ——————-

    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.

    —–

    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.

  29. wvuandsteelers says: Apr 2, 2012 5:36 PM

    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.

  30. mcqphx says: Apr 2, 2012 6:20 PM

    Matty Light

  31. johntonioholmes says: Apr 2, 2012 10:49 PM

    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.

  32. besdayz says: Apr 3, 2012 12:07 AM

    Matty Ramen Noodle Arm Ice

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