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Has Matt Ryan solved Falcons QB situation moving forward?

92.9 The Game
92.9 The Game
 2021-11-11

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The Atlanta Falcons elected not to draft Matt Ryan's successor in a quarterback heavy 2021 NFL Draft class. But has Ryan proven them right in their decision-making?

Ryan started the season off slow in new head coach Arthur Smith's system but, since Week 3, has been one of the best and most efficient quarterbacks in the league right now.

Since Week 3, Ryan has completed 69.5% of his passes for 1,693 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and has a passer rating of 106.1.

In addition, when he's under pressure, Ryan is 93 of 112 passing for 645 yards, seven TDs, two INTs and a 96.4 passer rating. Only two other quarterbacks are more efficient than Ryan under pressure; Kyler Murray and Teddy Bridgewater.

Has Ryan solved the issues that general manager Terry Fontenot and coach Smith have at the Falcons QB situation moving forward--both when it comes to cap space and finding a successor?

"I don't want to say that he's earned the right to be the quarterback (moving forward), it just seems like he's showing them that he can still play at this high level and it's not the top priority," Randy McMichael said.

"They've got to find an heir apparent sooner than later...and sooner does not mean next season. But i gives you--as long as he keeps playing at this level--some more leeway as far as when you're going into the draft next year, where do you take a quarterback."

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