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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:55 pm 
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The $100 million question for Matt Ryan

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Matt Ryan says he doesn't feel any added pressure because of his lucrative contract.
Matt Ryan is not one to be consumed by outside opinion.

True to his character, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback brushed off any notion that he feels added pressure since becoming a $100 million quarterback. Ryan signed a five-year extension last July worth a maximum value of $103.50 million, a contract that included a then-record $58 million guaranteed. His salary-cap numbers for the next five seasons: $17,500,000; $19,500,000; $23,750,000; $23,750,000; and $21,650,000.

Critics wonder if Ryan was worth the investment based on his 1-4 postseason record. Then came last year’s 4-12 implosion, a drop-off which, in all fairness, was far beyond Ryan’s control.

Such skepticism about Ryan is often expressed on local talk radio or in the Twitter universe.

"I don’t worry about it too much," Ryan told ESPN.com. "I think it’s one of those things ... you understand playing this position, the stuff that comes with it. And that’s one of those things that comes with it.

"I’m a big believer in if you’re worrying about that stuff, you’re not worrying about the right stuff. I have to be concerned with what I’m doing on the field, what I’m doing in the weight room, and how I’m preparing myself in the meeting rooms. And I feel like if you do that stuff and you’re concentrating on improving in those areas, then all the other stuff ends up taking care of itself. And that’s kind of the way I’ve approached it."

Falcons coach Mike Smith bristled when asked about the increased scrutiny his quarterback faces based on the team’s hefty investment.

"Well, I don’t see added pressure," Smith said. "We’re all compensated. We have a job. Really, it’s nobody’s business, in my opinion, what a person makes. We don’t know what you make. We don’t know what other people make. And it really should be nobody’s business. But unfortunately, that’s not the way it is in the NFL.

"When you’re a starting quarterback in the NFL, it doesn’t really matter what your compensation is. You’re supposed to do the same thing regardless of what team you’re on: win. And the market is the market. I don’t really ever look at it and think about what the guy is being paid. We should focus on what we can control, and that’s doing the best we can to win."

Ryan realizes winning a Super Bowl could solidify his place among the league’s elite quarterbacks. The Falcons believe Ryan can guide them back to playoff contention, provided he remains upright. This is why they invested in the offensive line, bringing in free-agent right guard Jon Asamoah and drafting right tackle Jake Matthews.

Throw in the return of top receiver Julio Jones and an improved running game, and Ryan should have enough around him to get the Falcons back in the playoff conversation -- if the defense holds up.

However the season unfolds, the $100 million quarterback won’t put added pressure on himself.

"I dealt with that with my rookie contract, too," said Ryan, who initially signed a six-year, $72 million rookie deal that included $34.75 million guaranteed. "Coming in, it was the same kind of whatever you want to call it -- pressure. And I’ve been of the belief that if I just try and do my job, do my business the right way, work as hard as I possibly can, all that other stuff takes care of itself."

Smith appreciates Ryan’s approach.

"Matt doesn’t think about that stuff," Smith noted. "Like I’ve said, there are two people that are held responsible for wins and losses, and that’s the quarterback and the head coach.

"It doesn’t really matter what your salary is. That’s the way it is. And you’re held responsible for the outcomes. Unfortunately, you get credit when you win and you get [blamed] when you lose. But it’s all part of being a starting quarterback and head coach in the NFL."


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:10 am 
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Yep, if it were not for that darn salary cap, what you make wouldn't matter.

I've not rushed to any decisions about Matt Ryan, I'm in the minority but think Coach Smith is as good a coach as Ryan is a Qb.

In the Ajc that I accidently read this morning, in addition to a speedster receiver they found in free agency, and Coach Smith said T. J. Yates is not a lock at second string Qb, he's also found a free agent Qb this year.

It seems the success of free agents last year has peaked Coach Smith's interest in free agents. He said their will be competition for all free agents,.....Perhaps he's distancing himself a little from Thomas D??

When Coach Smith talked about winning didn't he said it mostly comes down to himself and Ryan caring the most? Heck - i'LL GO TO THE AJC and find that article.

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One could argue that the NFL should be uncapped and they should make ridiculous sums of money while MLB should have a cap that suppresses their contract size.

Still amazes me how MLB player can make $290 million over 10 years but some of the NFL's elite won't come close to that number. Brees got a 5-year $100 million dollar deal, Peterson a 7-year $96 Million, Mario Williams 6 year $96 million, etc... NFL players have a significantly shorter shelf life and their elite players won't come close to some of the top contracts in baseball. Despite the NFL making far more money than MLB these days.

NFL 2013 Revenue: $9.5 Billion
MLB 2013 Revenue: $7.5 Billion

NFL Top 5 Contracts (2014 Season)
Aaron Rodgers: $22 Million
Matt Ryan: $20.75 Million
Joe Flacco: $20.10 Million
Drew Brees: $20 Million
Peyton Manning: $19.2 Million

MLB Top 5 Contracts (2014 Season)
Zack Greinke: $26 Million
Cliff Lee: $25 Million
Ryan Howard: $25 Million
Prince Fielder: $24 Million
Robinson Cano: $24 Million

Hell... You have to get all the way down to the MLB's 12th highest paid player for 2014 before you find someone that has a single season equivalent to the NFL's top player @ $22 million.

It just amazes me how MLB players who barely move for large swaths of the game (and I love Baseball) get paid overall far more than their NFL and NBA counterparts both of which are far more physical sports.

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 Post subject: Re: More Matt Ryan
PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:14 am 
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26 million a year or 5 million a year. Who cares. That is a lot of money either way for playing a game.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:02 am 
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I am also a big baseball fan and have never understood this either when you also consider that the NFL is so much more popular. Then again, when you play 10 times more games the ownership has ten times more opportunities to take in revenue. If they weren't "worth" it they wouldn't get paid it. Relatively speaking, baseball is raw capitalism.

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 Post subject: Re: More Matt Ryan
PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:08 am 
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It also helps that baseball rosters are 25-deep, while football rosters are 53-deep.

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Even I am big fan of both the games baseball & football. But for betting I like baseball .It is comparatively easy to earn money in baseball.


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 Post subject: Re: More Matt Ryan
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:48 pm 
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Pudge wrote:
It also helps that baseball rosters are 25-deep, while football rosters are 53-deep.

True but baseball has a practice squad that is four leagues deep.

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 Post subject: Re: More Matt Ryan
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Falcons will thrive by living in the pass
June, 27, 2014
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By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com

The Falcons want to be a balanced offense, but are at their best when Matt Ryan is throwing deep.
There seems to be quite a bit of optimism about the Atlanta Falcons boasting a more balanced offensive attack this season. One skill-position player even told me he expects it to be "50-50" in terms of run and pass plays.

Sounds nice, but I'm not buying it.

Even if the Falcons come out running in the preseason, I won't believe in such balance until I see it during a meaningful game. I won't subscribe to it until I see a conscious effort to run the ball in the first quarter or on first down.

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has acknowledged a renewed emphasis on the run game. But a crafty playcaller such as Koetter knows protecting quarterback Matt Ryan and allowing him to sling the ball to the likes of Julio Jones and Roddy White is what helped the Falcons get one step from the Super Bowl two years ago. It's the same type of aggressive attack I expect will allow the Falcons to rebound from last year's 4-12 implosion and get back into playoff contention -- if the defense can at least contain opposing offenses.

New offensive line coach Mike Tice put it best when I spoke with him during organized team activities.

"We're not going to be a run-first football team, by any means, with those two great receivers and that great quarterback," Tice said bluntly. "But when that man -- my buddy Dirk Koetter -- dials up the run, we better be able to run it for four yards."

I'm by no means suggesting this will be a repeat of last season, when Ryan attempted a career-high 651 passes and the Falcons averaged a mere 3.9 yards per carry on a league-low 321 rushing attempts. The Falcons played their share of games from behind, forcing Ryan into even more throwing situations, and the ground game was barely existent to begin with, particularly after Steven Jackson was slowed by a hamstring injury.

I expect Ryan to be among the top five quarterbacks in passing yards for a third consecutive season. I just think he will put up those numbers under better circumstances. I expect we'll see more of the Ryan we saw in San Francisco last season, when he carved up the 49ers, completing 37 of 48 passes for 348 yards and two scores. I also expect the Falcons to be among the league's top 10 in scoring, like they were in 2010, 2011 and 2012 (fifth, seventh and seventh, respectively). Last season, they dipped to 20th with an average of 22.1 points per game.

Of course, Ryan and the offense have to be smart and take what opposing defenses give them. It's just hard to imagine them running the ball down a team’s throat the entire game.

A lot depends on the new-look offensive line. We should get a better feel for the unit during training camp, particularly when the Falcons have their joint practices with the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans. But the Falcons didn't sign Jon Asamoah and draft Jake Matthews with the intent of becoming a grind-it-out team. It's about protecting Ryan and giving him adequate time to find his receivers and go deep. And his deep ball has been on point this offseason. Just ask undrafted rookie receiver Bernard Reedy, the recipient of many of those sharp throws.

Ryan was pressured on a league-high 204 of his dropbacks last season. That can't happen again. The line has to hold its own, even with the intense pressure it will face in the NFC South from the Saints, Panthers and Buccaneers.

There are other variables to consider. Will Jones return to full form after a second surgery on his right foot? Will White avoid the nagging injuries that plagued him last season? Will tight end Levine Toilolo's contribution in the red zone make Tony Gonzalez a distant memory? Will left tackle Sam Baker's left knee hold up an entire season?

If the answer to at least the first two of those questions is "yes," then I see no reason why the Falcons shouldn't have success through the air.

I'm not disregarding the contribution of the running backs in the grand scheme. Tice brought in some new running concepts from his years of expertise. I believe Jackson has one more solid year left in him. I believe rookie Devonta Freeman can have an immediate impact. And I believe Jacquizz Rodgers has great value in the screen game, which is essentially an extension of the run.

But when it comes to the Falcons' offensive success this season, I'll simply take a pass.

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 Post subject: Re: More Matt Ryan
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The Falcons upgraded their offensive line, but remember it was rather awful. I still expect Ryan to have a hard time getting rid of the ball.

8-8 is about all I can hope for!!

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