Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey calls former MVP Matt Ryan ‘overrated’
Beyond his stellar play on the field, Jacksonville Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey has built a strong reputation for being unfiltered with his opinions and beliefs.
This was certainly the case in a wide-ranging interview with Clay Skipper of GQ Magazine as he talked about many of the quarterbacks in the league that he bashed several of them. One of which was Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Matt Ryan, who he called overrated despite having won the MVP award two years ago.
I think Matt Ryan’s overrated. You can’t tell me you win MVP two years ago, and then last year, you a complete bust, and you still got Julio Jones? There’s no way that should ever happen. I don’t care. You know what that tells me? That tells me [Offensive Coordinator Kyle] Shanahan left, went to San Francisco, got Garoppolo, made Garoppolo this big thing. And now Garoppolo is a big name—and now [Matt Ryan] has this bad year? Alright, well, was it really you, or was it your coach? He was doing what was asked of him and it was making him look really, really good.
It is clear that Ramsey doesn’t hold Ryan in high regard given how he played this past season with a significant drop in his performance on the field in 2017. The Falcons were able to scratch out one of the wildcard spots, but the notable step back in production that was coupled with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan leaving the team to be the head coach with the San Francisco finding success with Jimmy Garoppolo has hurt status in the 23-year-old’s eyes.
This has spoken to Ramsey as being that he was more a product of the system he was playing in rather than his talent on the field. Ryan has shown to be a more than capable quarterback that has had much success in the league throughout his career, but this hasn’t impressed the Jaguars Pro Bowl cornerback in any significant manner.
Ultimately, it is one player’s opinion of another, but it does potentially provide Ryan with more motivation to prove otherwise in 2018.