Saturday, February 04, 2017

Matt Ryan is the NFL MVP


The NFL named Matt Ryan the MVP of the league. Sunday is when he can really cement his legacy, but the MVP award is certainly historic. Ryan finished ahead of Tom Brady. The New England quarterback missed the first four games of the season, but even if Brady had played, it would be hard to deny Ryan. The Falcons had the best Offense in the NFL this year and Ryan set career marks in nearly every category. He also spread the ball around so that it was more than just Julio Jones.

I didn't understand the hostility towards Ryan as he became the favorite for the award. I know I shouldn't care this much, but it often felt like because he doesn't play for one the NFL's golden franchises and because he went to BC, he was never going to be considered great by the talking heads. Fortunately, as in other sports, statistics and analytics are now overcoming "narrative."

Sunday matters more, but I am very happy for Matt. This has been a long time coming. I hope this is the first of many.

19 comments:

CT said...

It's not hostility. It's lazy talking points. The national media hasn't watched him. I have. Every snap for, you know, all 16 games. No smashed cell phones to boot. Well deserved. Very happy.

Georgia Eagle said...

Matt Ryan is a class act across the board in every category. Congratulations to an outstanding young man and BC graduate. I'm so proud of him.

Georgia Eagle said...

And let's hope the new kid McDonald can follow in his shoes.

mod34b said...

MAtt. Is Da man and does BC proud. This is great.

Arthur Blank was asked yesterday. "What was the greatest day in Falcon history?" A: The day we drafted Matt Ryan

Robert Kraft was asked the same Q. A: The day we hired Bellichick. (A micro aggression toTB12)

mod34b said...

Is Mattvan "elite" QB now

Yes!

Look at club he joined.

Player Team Position
1957 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns Running back
1958 Jim Brown (2) Cleveland Browns Running back
1959 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1960 Norm Van Brocklin Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback
1961 Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers Running back
1962 Jim Taylor Green Bay Packers Running back
1963 Y. A. Tittle New York Giants Quarterback
1964 Johnny Unitas (2) Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1965 Jim Brown (3) Cleveland Browns Running back
1966 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1967 Johnny Unitas (3) Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1968 Earl Morrall Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1969 Roman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams Quarterback
1970 John Brodie San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1971 Alan Page Minnesota Vikings Defensive tackle
1972 Larry Brown Washington Redskins Running back
1973 O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills Running back
1974 Ken Stabler Oakland Raiders Quarterback
1975 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
1976 Bert Jones Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1977 Walter Payton Chicago Bears Running back
1978 Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback
1979 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Running back
1980 Brian Sipe Cleveland Browns Quarterback
1981 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback
1982 Mark Moseley Washington Redskins Placekicker
1983 Joe Theismann Washington Redskins Quarterback
1984 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Quarterback
1985 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders Running back
1986 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants Linebacker
1987 John Elway Denver Broncos Quarterback
1988 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback
1989 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1990 Joe Montana (2) San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1991 Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills Running back
1992 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1993 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys Running back
1994 Steve Young (2) San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1995 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1996 Brett Favre (2) Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1997 Brett Favre (3)
Barry Sanders Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions Quarterback
Running back
1998 Terrell Davis Denver Broncos Running back
1999 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams Quarterback
2000 Marshall Faulk St. Louis Rams Running back
2001 Kurt Warner (2) St. Louis Rams Quarterback
2002 Rich Gannon Oakland Raiders Quarterback
2003 Peyton Manning
Steve McNair Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans Quarterback
Quarterback
2004 Peyton Manning (2) Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2005 Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks Running back
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers Running back
2007 Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback
2008 Peyton Manning (3) Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2009 Peyton Manning (4) Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2010 Tom Brady (2) New England Patriots Quarterback
2011 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Quarterback
2012 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Running back
2013 Peyton Manning (5) Denver Broncos Quarterback
2014 Aaron Rodgers (2) Green Bay Packers Quarterback
2015 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Quarterback
2016 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons

Knucklehead said...

Ryan makes mistakes. He throws bad interceptions and has chocked away playoff games in the past. This season he limited the mistakes and was awarded with the MVP Award. So it shows that if he deserves recognition then he will get it.

If Ryan limits his interceptions and fumbles to 1. Then the Falcons will be "in the game" with a chance to win. If he turns the ball over more than that the Falcons will lose.

Most games come down to QB play. With the Falcons the QB play is even more paramount.

I pray. Literally. That Ryan doesn't get flustered, throw 2 picks and fumble the ball away. Meaning that he crumbles under the scrutinty today. If he keeps his "shit" together today then people will respect him more going forward.

JBQ said...

@Knucklehead: By the way, Matt explained why he was making those mistakes. He was scouted and the defense played eight man lines and confused him with a different four rushing on each play. In a way, he had attention deficit disorder which led to post traumatic stress. The new coach, Dan Quinn, changed all that. He brought in better receivers such as Julio and Matt threw quickly to a set target area. Doesn't that sound familiar? The Dazzler faces eight man fronts and still tries to run and claims that the defense will "save the day". Hopefully, he will be gone by Thanksgiving. Matt has really grown, has shown himself to be humble in interviews, and is a worthy representative of the legacy of Boston College. Let's now all hum "For Boston" till the echoes rings again.

Thomas said...

Dan Quinn isn't the GM and Julio has been Matt's favorite receiver for 6 years.

Bravesbill said...

Maybe he was talking about Gabriel and Sanu?

Guido said...

Matt would do well today if he had a "Healthy All Pro" center. However, with the status of Alex Mack - everything changes. Congratulations - Matt you are a class act, but I never realized the anti- Boston College mentality in this area. It is very sad !!!!

Retroman said...

This is good

Knucklehead said...

Do you believe that Mack is hurt? I heard that the Falcons don't have anyone on "hurt" list? Doesn't the league mandate that injured players be put on the list?

I am calling bullshit on the Mack injury.

John said...

He is playing hurt (ankle, lower leg njury). The big question is will he aggravate the injury. This guy is needed for sure.

Go Matt.

Guido said...

Knucklehead - CBS sports (and also Adam Schefter -ESPN) say that Alex Mack has a fractured left leg , but he will play. Back in 2005 , Terrell Owens played with a similar injury against the advice of his MD , and played fairly well. He also has a high ankle sprain. Do not understand NFL injury reports , but he does have these injuries and they kept him out of practice for a week and a half - he practiced a little on Thursday and Friday. He broke this leg also back in 2014. They will shoot him up with painkiller etc. This situation is scary from 2 standpoints - HIS FUTURE CAREER and then without him , Matt will be seriously impaired without his leadership and this would lead to damaged confidence and maybe turnover problems.

Knucklehead said...

I heard the reports, thank you. Last night the reporting was that Atlanta had nobody on the injured list and the Patriots had Hightower among others as Questionable. Then Mack has a broken leg 6 hours later?

If Mack isn't on the injury list now then I think the broken leg is BS, mind game.

Guido said...

K - Head , I have no idea the mind games that are involved and I am sure that you read everything about injury reports etc unlike myself , but I believe that the NFL can not only fine the team , but may also take away a draft pick.(maybe you could educate me on that situation). My major point was simply the negative impact that an injured All Pro Center would have on the performance of Matt . And , quite frankly , I am a huge fan of Matt and I also want him to perform well - WIN or LOSE. I have listened to so many Pats fans saying that Matt would "Choke" under the pressure of a Bill Belichick defensive scheme - It has annoyed me to no end and I hope that he shreds the Pats defense. WIN or Lose !!!

dixieagle said...

I have never wanted a Super Bowl win as much as I do for Matt Ryan, Josh Keyes and the Falcons. I'm a born and bred New Englander, but very much over Belichick and Brady. I worry that Matt will try to do too much, feeling the pressure to bring the championship to Atlanta, and that the Mack injury could throw Ryan off his game; hope it won't affect his play.

It does seem like a very different Falcons team this year, with Matty Ice living up to his name. I hope he can maintain his cool - no INTs or fumbles. I am a total nervous wreck about this game.

ReiDaDor said...

Ryan might be the MVP but he's a choke in the super bowl...seriously Ryan? How many times are u gonna sit in the pocket for 10 min and take a sack?? My god...

ReiDaDor said...

What a joke...