Matt Ryan never considered leaving Atlanta for a fresh start elsewhere

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP and a passer who continues to position himself among the all-time greats when it comes to all major statistical categories, enters his fourteenth season in Atlanta. It’s a time of significant change.

The changes are so significant that, last year, owner Arthur Blank made it clear that Ryan would have a voice in whether he stays for 2021. Earlier this week, Ryan told me that he never considered leaving.

“It never crossed my mind,” Ryan said in a visit sponsored by Tide’s new #TurnToCold initiative. “I mean, I know that there’s been lots of that in the NFL right now. A lot of people, specifically at the quarterback position, moving in different directions. And everybody’s situation is unique. For me, I never wanted to do that. I love being here. I love being a part of this organization. Arthur Blank has been incredible to me, from the minute I was drafted. He’s incredible to my family. So I’m thankful for that opportunity. I love being in this city, living here. It’s home for my wife and I and our kids. And it’s a good place to live. And I want to stay here. I want to be here for a long time. For me, it never really was a part of my thinking.”

Ryan, who has a head coach with a offensive background for the first time in his fourteen-year career, won’t have Julio Jones. He will have Calvin Ridley and rookie tight end Kyle Pitts.

The Falcons have no real expectations for 2021. That often becomes a key ingredient for a team surprising the football world with a stellar season. They quietly continue to have one of the most important ingredients to being relevant — a franchise quarterback.

6 responses to “Matt Ryan never considered leaving Atlanta for a fresh start elsewhere

  1. I’m sure a lot of the falcons fan base considered it. Especially, since they passed on some quarterbacks for a TE.

  2. “Matt Ryan, continues to position himself among the all-time greats”???????

    Really? The biggest thing he’s known for is a complete collapse in the Super Bowl.

    More people know him for the Super Bowl collapse than being an MVP.

  3. Matt is pure class and always has been. Notable is his appreciation of Arthur Blank, a stark contrast to how Julio Jones left disgruntled and gave Bank the silent treatment despite being made the highest paid receiver of all time.

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