Matt Ryan: I still believe I have a lot of good football in front of me

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There was plenty of chatter prior to the draft that the Falcons could select Matt Ryan‘s successor at quarterback with the fourth overall pick.

Atlanta ended up using that selection on tight end Kyle Pitts, who has a good chance make an immediate impact. That also means there is no clear successor to Ryan currently on the roster.

Ryan just turned 36 on Monday, and there’s no reason to believe he’s planning on retiring any time soon. He threw for 4,581 yards last season with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Addressing the media for the first time this offseason on Tuesday, Ryan expressed confidence in his future.

“If you play well long enough you know these things come up,” Ryan said, via Tori McElhaney of TheAthletic.com. “I still believe I am playing really well and have a lot of good football in front of me.”

Ryan went on to say that veterans told him early on in his career, “You don’t own that locker, you rent it.” So he’s continued to try to pay his rent on time.

New head coach Arthur Smith helped elevate quarterback Ryan Tannehill as offensive coordinator of the Titans. If Smith can replicate that success in Atlanta, Ryan could have several strong seasons left.

10 responses to “Matt Ryan: I still believe I have a lot of good football in front of me

  1. Matt Ryan: I still believe I have a lot of good football in front of me– as a backup!!!!!! or a Qb coach in JUCO.

  2. “I still believe I have good football in front of me”…this quote never turns out well, ever. It is acknowledging your not the same player in performance or confidence. Matty Ice no more

  3. Matt Ryan is a consummate professional and literally the prototype of what you want to represent your franchise. He may not be the QB1 or even QB7 in the league, but he is still a heck of a good QB and sets an incredible example with his demeanour.

    When have you ever heard a single bad thing about Matt? You haven’t. I will never understand why so many people on here speak ill of him, he is literally the nicest and most polite guy out there. Atlanta is fortunate to have had Matt this long and I hope he continues to play well for years to come because it will be a sad day for ATL when he retires.

  4. He looks like a muppet made of ball skin. But he’s a heck of a nice guy and a damn good QB. Only one team gets to win it all every year and every other year for the last 20 it’s been a team with Tom Brady. So that’s ten years divided by 31 teams. It’s just doesn’t happened fir some guys. No one is saying Marino sucked.

  5. “it will be a sad day for ATL when he retires”

    So it’ll be like every day he was on the active roster…

  6. Most of these comments shows how little any of you idiots know about football. Gee I’ll go make a stupid comment about a really good football player, because I’m a loser and have no idea what I’m talking about. I’m so smart, look I made a funny.

  7. I’m a Pats fan and the 28-3 comments are getting tired, especially in the context of this article.

    Matt Ryan is a very good quarterback and by all accounts a standup human being, so if his desire is to keep playing football I’m all for it, and I wish him success in doing so.

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