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Arthur Blank: Matt Ryan can “absolutely” lead Falcons to Super Bowl

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 27:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons shakes hands with team owner Arthur Blank after beating the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Falcons have a number of problems to address as they try to return to competitiveness in the NFC South.

But according to owner Arthur Blank, quarterback isn’t on the list of things to address, as he thinks Matt Ryan can lead them to the Super Bowl.

Absolutely,” Blank said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “No question about it. But it doesn’t take one player to get there. It takes a lot of players around him and having a lot of talent around him. It’s going to take a lot of players to do that; offensively, defensively, and special teams. And it’s going to take coaches and the coaching staff that will help support that.”

Ryan’s coming off a difficult season, which included 21 turnovers while he stood at the wheel of a team that started 5-0 but finished 8-8. But Blank remains confident that his $100 million quarterback is the right guy, so long as they put the right parts around him and Julio Jones.

“Obviously, we have a great faith in Matt Ryan,” Blank said. “He’s only 30 years old. He’ll be our quarterback for many years to come. As Rich Gannon said to me the other morning — and Gannon was a very competitive player in the league for many, many years and a high-level quarterback — he said, ‘You’ve got a quarterback that about 20 other teams would love to have.’ And I think I would agree with him on that.”

Twenty might be high, but it hasn’t been that long since Ryan looked like a guy who might be worth it the kind of money he’s making. And with so many issues looming, replacing him isn’t anything that comes close to being a priority.

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34 Responses to “Arthur Blank: Matt Ryan can “absolutely” lead Falcons to Super Bowl”
  1. nolagirl says: Feb 11, 2016 12:06 PM

    LOL!

  2. typicalnipple says: Feb 11, 2016 12:09 PM

    He has the same chance as Big John Football.

  3. fumblenuts says: Feb 11, 2016 12:14 PM

    Sorry Blank, he peaked a while ago…….

  4. cowboysallday says: Feb 11, 2016 12:20 PM

    Lol I remember when Trent Dilfer said “Matt Ryan vs Aaron Rodgers will be the next great rivalry just like Brady vs Manning” hahahahaha

  5. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Feb 11, 2016 12:22 PM

    Matt Ryan can get Atlanta a ring if/when he is surrounded by the same level of talent that Trent Dilfer had with the Ravens, or Peyton had with Denver. Otherwise it just isnt happening.

  6. jmethane says: Feb 11, 2016 12:28 PM

    After watching Russell Wilson for four years as an avid Seahawks fan, when I watch Matty ice play he looks like a statue stomping through deep powder…or in the sand.

    Maybe rw is the exact opposite and its not really fair to compare them but I saw Matt go down many times last year where I KNOW Russell would’ve just rolled out easily for more time. Matt NEEDS a good offensive line to even be adle to function. He is the slowest guy on the field by far.

    It was actually quite frustrating during the couple games that I was actually rooting for them (vs Carolina for example). Watching Matt makes me very happy to have Russell to root for every week.

  7. vicnocal says: Feb 11, 2016 12:31 PM

    I don’t know if he can “lead” them there, but with a strong enough team around him he can certainly be the QB on a Super Bowl team.

  8. dougchillin says: Feb 11, 2016 12:36 PM

    If Joe Flacco can do it, that means pretty much half the league can.

  9. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 11, 2016 12:39 PM

    I feel bad for Arthur because he was just diagnosed with cancer, but this is delusional. Ryan and his noodle arm caught up with him back in 2010 when the Packers mopped up the Falcons as the underdog IN ATLANTA.

    He’s had plenty of great weapons to work with and throw the ball to and they still can’t make him look like anything close to a viable SB QB.

  10. george1859 says: Feb 11, 2016 12:41 PM

    Melty Ice.

  11. dcapettini says: Feb 11, 2016 12:43 PM

    Ryan has more weapons than Trent Dilfer had with the Ravens. In fact, he has had more weapons that Joe Flacco ever had and yet the Falcons go nowhere. Flacco has never had a receiver in the same league as Julio Jones or Roddy White. while Ryan had them at the same time. Ryan is, at best, a journeyman QB that piles up big numbers in garbage time but goes nowhere with the season on the line. A Dan Pastorini, Steve Deberg, or Roman Gabriel.

  12. purpleguy says: Feb 11, 2016 12:45 PM

    Sure, most any top 20 NFL QB can — as long as they have the NFL’s #1 defense. Atlanta doesn’t.

  13. weepingjebus says: Feb 11, 2016 12:48 PM

    *piped in applause*

  14. kurdishpats1 says: Feb 11, 2016 12:52 PM

    Don’t think so. You can tell which QBs have that “it” factor by being able to make the players around him better. I don’t know not a single weapon outside of Julio Jones. That tells me Ryan can’t develop his own receivers.

    Look at Cam Newton. Dude had a historic season throwing to castoffs all year.

    All the Super Bowl QBs have been able to do a lot with less.

  15. mlenenski says: Feb 11, 2016 12:54 PM

    He can’t run the ball, or sneak the ball. And moreover, Ryan fumbled the ball twelve times(double his career average) in 2015 which definitely cost them at least two games…….which I still think it is the center’s fault(if you agree, thumbs up please)

  16. eselv73 says: Feb 11, 2016 12:58 PM

    I hope the Falcons keep matty ice for a long time. Coming from a Panthers fan…

  17. whatjusthapped says: Feb 11, 2016 12:59 PM

    He might get the Falcons to the Superbowl but he’ll first have to apply for a commercial driver’s license if he intends to operate that Greyhound bus.

    As for getting them there via his qB play on a football field, lets just kindly say that if his past history is any indication of his future performance, then its a pipe dream.

  18. wallabear says: Feb 11, 2016 1:07 PM

    But when? = Likely never

  19. jjackwagon says: Feb 11, 2016 1:11 PM

    Obviously owners need to be tested for drugs.

  20. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 11, 2016 1:14 PM

    He has lost something on his fastball and he isn’t real athletic. If you are going to sit back there like a statue you better be able to really sling it.

  21. icebergsimpson says: Feb 11, 2016 1:24 PM

    Matt Ryan is the 4th best QB in his division….

  22. 6ball says: Feb 11, 2016 1:35 PM

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    Matt Ryan : where interceptions meet ” Murphys Law” , meaning he has a penchant for not only throwing interceptions, but doing it at exactly the wrong time.
    .

  23. joepatrickmartin says: Feb 11, 2016 2:08 PM

    Man, what prisoners of the moment all of these commenters are. Dude has one bad year and all of the sudden he is a chump. He is not a top 5 QB, but he is firmly entrenched somewhere in the top half of the league. PFF graded him at #8 in 2015. No doubt, this was a down year for Ryan, but he was out of his realm with this offense and I am expecting big things out of this offense next year. They still finished as the #7 offense in the league for 2015. In fact, a mere 34 yards of offense per game separated them from the #1 offense in the league. Oh, that #1 offense happened to be the AZ Cardinals, who were quarterbacked by former embattled QB who everyone once thought was a chump after he forced his way out of Cincy and was cut by another team.

  24. tlw109 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:31 PM

    Of course he can. Nearly got there in 2012. Probably would have already won one if the Falcons would have had any sign of a defense in the 5 year stretch of winning seasons.

  25. skimbell says: Feb 11, 2016 2:36 PM

    Anybody could lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
    Their section of seats will be plainly marked.

  26. stevedenetz says: Feb 11, 2016 3:01 PM

    ryan=Stafford=cutler. they seem like the same players in different uni’s . sometimes they just can’t seem to get out of their own way

  27. stevedenetz says: Feb 11, 2016 3:03 PM

    joepatrickmartin says:
    Feb 11, 2016 2:08 PM

    Man, what prisoners of the moment all of these commenters are. Dude has one bad year and all of the sudden he is a chump. He is not a top 5 QB, but he is firmly entrenched somewhere in the top half of the league. PFF graded him at #8 in 2015. No doubt, this was a down year for Ryan, but he was out of his realm with this offense and I am expecting big things out of this offense next year. They still finished as the #7 offense in the league for 2015. In fact, a mere 34 yards of offense per game separated them from the #1 offense in the league. Oh, that #1 offense happened to be the AZ Cardinals, who were quarterbacked by former embattled QB who everyone once thought was a chump after he forced his way out of Cincy and was cut by another team.
    …………………………………………………………………

    palmer hasn’t been their either

  28. joepatrickmartin says: Feb 11, 2016 3:07 PM

    Some QB’s only get that one legitimate shot. They are usually the QBs who are on a team without a legitimate defense. When the team has any semblance of a defense, you’ve got to capitalize. The best QB in the league has only been there once in 11 years (see Rodgers). Marino only got there once. Flacco has only been there once. 2012 was Ryan and the Falcons year. They just didn’t get it done.

  29. asseenonokra says: Feb 11, 2016 4:16 PM

    Matty Spice screams like Ned Flanders.

  30. stoptellingmeaboutyourfantasyteam says: Feb 11, 2016 6:05 PM

    He’s okay, not great.

  31. railcarcowboy says: Feb 12, 2016 1:13 AM

    Dats funny

  32. iamedreed says: Feb 12, 2016 10:17 AM

    Yeah flacco has only been to 1 SB, but hes also played in more AFC championship games then Matty Ice has total playoff appearances

    and matty better put up monster stats when his entire team is built arround offense and he has by far the best WRs in the league

  33. mikelin99 says: Feb 13, 2016 5:39 AM

    If Peyton Manning can get to the Super Bowl during his worst year as a professional, Matt Ryan definitely can lead the Falcons. Improving the defense is a must. Particularly the linebackers.

  34. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 14, 2016 2:28 PM

    He could…but not as long as Thomas Dummytroff is calling the shots…

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