Is Ryan Going to be Ready to be the Falcons Starter From Day One?


Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Ashley Fox wrote a column today on the possibility of first-round pick Matt Ryan walking into the starting job this season with the Falcons. “If there’s one thing I learned growing up in that area it’s that you can’t worry about” expectations, Ryan said last week to Fox. “You can’t even think about it. If you do, if you get caught up in it, it can only distract you. For me, I certainly have high expectations for myself and what I want to accomplish as a player. You have to live up to those expectations, and that’s really the way I’ve gone about it.”

Ryan has a lot heaped on him in his first season with the Falcons, and that does not even include a whopping contract that pays his $72 million over six seasons. Some think that Ryan has the intangibles to be as good as a QB like Carson Palmer, others think he’ll flame out like failed QB’s Ryan Leaf or Rick Mier. As Fox rightly points out, one thing that Ryan has going for him today is the fact he’s signed and sealed, and will be in camp on time.

Atlanta wants Ryan to be the savior of the team, putting the awful 2007 season to bed, and owner Arthur Blank wants him to be the QB that puts the memory of Michael Vick to rest as well. Time will tell if Ryan is going to be able to do that.

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One Response to “Is Ryan Going to be Ready to be the Falcons Starter From Day One?”

  1. Vindication says:

    Will Ryan be ready? Well what about Vick and then Harrington? The Falcons so easily forget. Will they throw darts at Ryan should he not live up to their expectations? What about loyalty. The Falcons have a history of tossing players aside only to have them discovered by someone else. That indivual thrives and then the Falcons regret their decision. Harrington was not given a chance. Why should the red mat be laid out for Ryan? Vick brought money for the Falcons. As soon as Vick got into a bad situation and needed their support, they were no longer around. Harrington did’t perform as they expected or desired him to perform. They rushed to get someone else. That didn’t work out. Will Ryan work, out only time will tell. I was told that God is a just God. Need I say more.