Matt Ryan reacts to Falcons possibly blowing it up
The Atlanta Falcons’ firing of head coach Dan Quinn may indicate that a rebuild could soon be on the horizon for the franchise, but longtime quarterback Matt Ryan is more focused on the team’s present than their future.
According to Mike Giardi of the NFL Network, when asked about the possibility of massive changes with the Falcons, the 35-year-old Ryan said that he isn’t worried about the team’s transition and instead will focus on their season. Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP, said that this is also what he’s been telling his teammates.
"I can't worry about that yet. It's not like we're making this transition…we have 11 games in front of us." – Matt Ryan on if he has concerns abt a total rebuild in Atlanta. Stressed keeping his focus very narrow and that's what he's sharing with the team. #Falcons @nflnetwork
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) October 14, 2020
Quinn, who ended his five-year stint with the Falcons with a 43-42 win-loss record in the regular season and a 3-2 playoff record, was fired after a disastrous 0-5 start with the team, with the latest a 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 5. The Falcons, along with the New York Jets and New York Giants, remain the only winless teams this season.
The firing of Quinn could signal a rebuild for Atlanta, and Ryan, along with wide receiver Julio Jones, may not be inclined to stay and instead prefer to play for contenders. Ryan, however, has a massive contract with the team until the 2023 season. Back in May 2018, the four-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $150 million contract extension with the Falcons, which at the time made him the first player in the league to earn an average of at least $30 million a year.
Through five games, Ryan has made 129 of 204 passes for a 63.2 completion percentage, passing for 1,472 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions. However, his completion percentage is his lowest since the 2011 season.