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Matty Ice Moments: Breaking single-season franchise passing records in 2012

Matty Ice Moments: Breaking single-season franchise passing records in 2012

Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI/Corbis via Matt Ryan broke the single-season franchise record for passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2012 Last offseason, I wrote a series of Throwback Thursday articles looking back at some of the most memorable moments in Atlanta Falcons history. That series culminated with an article looking back at the time newly minted general manager Thomas Dimitroff drafted Matt Ryan with the third overall pick. Here’s how that specific article concluded: As you may or may not have noticed, there wasn’t a single one of these articles which was dedicated...
The Falcoholic Jul 12, 2019
Burning 2019 Falcons questions: What can we expect from Atlanta’s offensive line?

Burning 2019 Falcons questions: What can we expect from Atlanta’s offensive line?

We saw heavy investments in this unit this offseason. Will they pay off? Matt Ryan somehow pulled together a 2018 season that was similar in productivity to his MVP year in 2016. But he did that behind an offensive line that allowed 42 sacks and a whopping 108 quarterback hits. It didn’t help that Devonta Freeman landed on injured reserve, but the line couldn’t get enough push to get anything going on the ground, either. The Falcons finished the season ranked No. 27 in the NFL with 1,573 yards on the ground. Both of Atlanta’s starting guards landed on injured reserve, and Ryan...
The Falcoholic Jul 12, 2019
Falcons trivia: Who were the first and only Atlanta quarterbacks to lead the league in passing TDs and yards?

Falcons trivia: Who were the first and only Atlanta quarterbacks to lead the league in passing TDs and yards?

Bright spots in a history of passers who couldn’t quite get there. Here’s something you may not have realized: For all their success digging up quarterbacks over the years, from Steve Bartkowski to Chris Miller to Chris Chandler to Michael Vick and finally to Matt Ryan, the Falcons have only once managed to lead the league in passing yardage and once managed to lead the league in passing touchdowns. The history of the franchise isn’t studded with Hall of Famers, granted, so this might not be stunning, It was still a little surprising to me. So a two-part question: Who was the first...
The Falcoholic Jul 12, 2019
Matt Ryan has the 10th-best MVP odds. Is that where he belongs?

Matt Ryan has the 10th-best MVP odds. Is that where he belongs?

The odds could be in his favor, but they’re not literally in his favor. The Matt Ryan buzz has been growing as we get closer to the season, which is something I’m still adjusting to as a Falcons fan used to the great Joe Flacco vs. Ryan wars of 2008-2016. Ryan’s MVP 2016 and borderline MVP 2018 have put him on NFL map in a way he hasn’t been for years, which is why you get things like this that are still mildly astonishing to me. Why does @KyleBrandt have the @AtlantaFalcons winning the NFC South?Matt Ryan. pic.twitter.com/evqE1n7tJI— GMFB (@gmfb) July 9, 2019 This is nice,...
The Falcoholic Jul 10, 2019
Matty Ice Moments: 2009 ESPY win for best breakthrough athlete

Matty Ice Moments: 2009 ESPY win for best breakthrough athlete

Ryan won the award following a fantastic rookie season. Last offseason, I wrote a series of Throwback Thursday articles looking back at some of the most memorable moments in Atlanta Falcons history. That series culminated with an article looking back at the time newly minted general manager Thomas Dimitroff drafted Matt Ryan with the third overall pick. Here’s how that specific article concluded: As you may or may not have noticed, there wasn’t a single one of these articles which was dedicated to any moment in the Matt Ryan era; that was by design. In this upcoming offseason, I hope to...
The Falcoholic Jul 10, 2019
Falcons training camp battles: Russell Gage vs. Justin Hardy

Falcons training camp battles: Russell Gage vs. Justin Hardy

The veteran with great hands will be challenged by the young guy with big upside. The top three receivers for the Falcons are secured. Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu will see the bulk of passes from Matt Ryan in 2019. That doesn’t mean that the 2 or 3 additional receivers aren’t important. These are the guys who will contribute substantially on special teams and will be counted on to snag the occasional reception in larger passing sets. Those three spots are up for grabs, though. That fourth slot is a key one, though. That player will be active on game days and will be...
The Falcoholic Jul 8, 2019
Matty Ice Moments: Half a season of perfection in 2012

Matty Ice Moments: Half a season of perfection in 2012

Ryan led the 2012 Falcons to an 8-0 record to open the season. Last offseason, I wrote a series of Throwback Thursday articles looking back at some of the most memorable moments in Atlanta Falcons history. That series culminated with an article looking back at the time newly minted general manager Thomas Dimitroff drafted Matt Ryan with the third overall pick. Here’s how that specific article concluded: As you may or may not have noticed, there wasn’t a single one of these articles which was dedicated to any moment in the Matt Ryan era; that was by design. In this upcoming offseason, I...
The Falcoholic Jul 8, 2019
Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, July 8

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, July 8

Links to ease you into your post-July 4th weekend. These midweek July 4th celebrations always leave me with zero idea what actual day it is. It kind of feels like a Wednesday, but I’m in the office looking at the calendar and it’s stacked with meetings, so it’s definitely Monday. And if it’s Monday, that means you’ve got a new edition of Falcoholinks for your viewing pleasure. Read on for the latest Falcons headlines and analysis. Matty and his resume Matt Ryan is a polarizing quarterback. It’s been that way his entire career, and his detractors usually don’t follow the...
The Falcoholic Jul 6, 2019
Biggest hope and fear for Matt Ryan in 2019

Biggest hope and fear for Matt Ryan in 2019

The Falcons hopes for the season hinge on this man. With the NFL season getting closer and closer, it’s fair to wonder just how great (or poorly) the season could go for the Falcons. Part of that will depend on how great (or poorly) the season goes for many of the key players on the team. None is more key than franchise QB Matt Ryan. Every fan knows how critical he is to the team’s success, but how great a season can we hope for? And what thoughts haunts us at nights? Let’s take a look. Biggest Hope Really, since 2016, Ryan has been at the top of his game. Even if his 2017 stats...
The Falcoholic Jul 5, 2019
Is Matt Ryan historically underrated? Taking stock of his legacy with stats and context

Is Matt Ryan historically underrated? Taking stock of his legacy with stats and context

The case for future Canton. To both Falcons fans and outsiders, I believe it’s fair to say that Matt Ryan’s career has been pretty interesting. If you’re on my side of the fence, you acknowledge Ryan as one of the Top-5 quarterbacks in the NFL today, arguably the best quarterback from 2016-2018 and a Top-30 quarterback in the history of pro football. If you’re on the other side of the fence, you probably view Ryan as a garbage time Andy Dalton upgrade who has had the benefit of playing in a dome, chucking balls to Julio Jones and a historically great set of weapons. I’d say the...
The Falcoholic Jul 4, 2019
Which Falcons player or coach would you invite to your July 4th cookout?

Which Falcons player or coach would you invite to your July 4th cookout?

Happy Independence Day! As we all celebrate our independence today, The Falcoholic has a burning question for you. Which Falcons player or coach would you invite to your cookout today? Maybe it’s Matt Ryan, because you need someone to bring the ice. Maybe you’ve got a lot of food, so you need some offensive linemen to keep you from dealing with a bunch of leftovers. These are the players our writers would invite, and weigh in with your choices in the comments. Julio Jones and I’d give him a plus-three for the Migos This would be a 4th of July story for the ages. The only thing...
The Falcoholic Jul 3, 2019
Falcons training camp battles: Kurt Benkert vs. Matt Schaub

Falcons training camp battles: Kurt Benkert vs. Matt Schaub

The battle between the grizzled veteran and the upstart young quarterback should stretch deep into the summer. Matt Ryan is entering his 12th season as the Falcons’ unquestioned starter at quarterback, and he’ll go down as the best ever to do it in Atlanta. As usual, though, there’s a battle looming over who gets to be his backup. For the last few years, that’s been Matt Schaub, who has fended off a series of challengers with relative ease as a coach-in-training and break-glass-in-case-of-emergency-QB. This year, Schaub’s under what’s effectively a one-year deal with a team...
ClutchPoints Jul 2, 2019
Falcons’ Matt Ryan viewed as one of the league’s most underrated players

Falcons’ Matt Ryan viewed as one of the league’s most underrated players

Is Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan not getting his due? Despite signing a five-year extension with Atlanta in 2018 worth $150 million—only to be outdone by Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers soon afterwards—many around the NFL still view the four-time Pro Bowler to be “underrated.” “I think he’s the most underrated quarterback in the […] The post Falcons’ Matt Ryan viewed as one of the league’s most underrated players appeared first on ClutchPoints.
The Falcoholic Jul 2, 2019
How Matt Bryant’s leg contributed to Matt Ryan’s legacy

How Matt Bryant’s leg contributed to Matt Ryan’s legacy

Money has always been there when Ice needed him Since 2009, anytime Matt Ryan has gotten the Atlanta Falcons into field goal range, the team would turn to kicker Matt Bryant. That’ll obviously change in 2019, as the Falcons parted ways with Bryant this offseason. According to Pro Football Reference, Matt Ryan has 36 total game-winning drives to his name. While on the roster, Bryant was able to take a shot at the field goal for 31 of the game-winning drives. The question is, how many of Ryan’s game-winning drives were settled thanks to the leg of Matt Bryant? The quick answer is 11 of...
ClutchPoints Jul 2, 2019
3 players who must take the next step for the Atlanta Falcons in 2019

3 players who must take the next step for the Atlanta Falcons in 2019

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t seemed to get over their embarrassing loss in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots. Of course, they led the game 28-3 at one point in the second half, only to be turned into an endless meme. No one has forgotten that loss by Matt Ryan and company and it […] The post 3 players who must take the next step for the Atlanta Falcons in 2019 appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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