Players View writer Adam Rosen steps up to lay down his requirements for Matt Ryan to be considered an elite quarterback.
Do me a favor and don’t call Matt Ryan elite.
Not just yet.
Since being drafted 3rd overall in the 2008 NFL draft, Ryan has struggled in his first three postseason appearances.
As a rookie in the 2008 season, Ryan and the Falcons lost at Arizona, as he failed to throw for over 200 yards, finishing the game with a quarterback rating of 72.8
In 2010 season, despite having the No. 1 seed, Ryan was embarrassed at home to Green Bay in a 48-21 loss, throwing for 186 yards, two interceptions and finished another playoff defeat with a QBR of 69.4.
Last season, in Atlanta’s 24-2 loss to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round, Ryan was unable to push the ball downfield in swirling winds.
The Falcons’ offense failed to score a single point, raising more questions about Ryan’s big game ability.
For three years, the “ice” in Ryan’s veins was melting.