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Matt Ryan feels no added pressure from his contract

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan signed a lucrative new deal with the Falcons before last season and then ran the offense as the team tumbled from the NFC Championship Game to a 4-12 record.

Ryan’s culpability for the slide ranked well below injuries, an ineffective offensive line and other things, but the nature of the quarterback position means that his role still came up for discussion. Specifically, whether Ryan was worth the investment for a team that found itself with a lot of work to do around him when it came to building a winning team. Ryan says he doesn’t feel any more pressured to produce because of this contract than he did under his rookie deal, though, because it comes with the territory of playing the position.

“I don’t worry about it too much,” Ryan said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “I think it’s one of those things … you understand playing this position, the stuff that comes with it. And that’s one of those things that comes with it.  I’m a big believer in if you’re worrying about that stuff, you’re not worrying about the right stuff. I have to be concerned with what I’m doing on the field, what I’m doing in the weight room, and how I’m preparing myself in the meeting rooms. And I feel like if you do that stuff and you’re concentrating on improving in those areas, then all the other stuff ends up taking care of itself. And that’s kind of the way I’ve approached it.”

Coach Mike Smith had a similar take, saying it doesn’t matter what you are getting paid when you are the starting quarterback. There can be a ripple effect on the roster when so much money is devoted to one position, though, and it would be naive to think that there aren’t higher expectations attached to that salary. If the Falcons can’t rebound this year, there will surely be more questions about Ryan, his contract and how they fit into the team’s overall trajectory.

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10 Responses to “Matt Ryan feels no added pressure from his contract”
  1. sportsnut101 says: Jun 24, 2014 9:41 AM

    Guess matty ice has cooled off

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 24, 2014 9:54 AM

    The offense will be fine. Top 10 for sure, top 5 is quite possible.

  3. shecklesmckenzie says: Jun 24, 2014 10:06 AM

    Anyone who watched them last year know that the only reason they were competitive in any games last year were because of Matt Ryan. As much as the networks like to emphasize QBs, the QB doesn’t play defense and he definitely can’t play O-Line…well, maybe he could do a better job than last year’s group.

  4. beckzhere says: Jun 24, 2014 10:19 AM

    Falcons will have a bounce back year and will be contenders in the playoffs.

  5. bbb82 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:35 AM

    Yes, let’s all question Matt Ryan after last year. /sarcasm.

    Just like if you go to a restaurant and order steak potatoes and wine, but only give the chef beef jerky, Pringles and grape juice to work with. Yep, it must be the chef’s fault.

  6. cliverush says: Jun 24, 2014 11:04 AM

    Many teams around the league would enjoy having a QB such as Ryan. He is a competitive player who always takes responsibility for his play. This is what helps to define a leader.

  7. brianfromcanada says: Jun 24, 2014 12:41 PM

    What were the Falcons options? There is nobody better that would be available. Do you not pay him and blow up the franchise again? Besides, excluding last year he’s always in the top 10. I’m glad he’s our QB. It’s been our defense that has been worrying me.

  8. snookau says: Jun 24, 2014 1:02 PM

    Window has closed in Atlanta.

    Tony Gonzalez is gone.

    That huge contract to Ryan will be even more laughable this season.

  9. nirvana504 says: Jun 24, 2014 1:38 PM

    As a Saints fan, I hope Matt Ryan stay with the Falcons for a looooong time.

  10. jfcol says: Jun 24, 2014 3:20 PM

    As a Falcons fan, I also hope Matt Ryan stays for a looooong time. Unlike Brees, who on the downside of his career still demanded a ridiculous contract that will hamper the team for years to come.

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