Matt Ryan takes funny jab at Falcons about pumping in crowd noise
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a hilarious response when asked about the possibility of pumping crowd noise into stadiums in the event fans cannot attend the first few games of the seas0n.
Ryan, rather succinctly, said he and the Falcons might not be the best spokespersons for inauthentic crowd noise, via Jason Butt’s Twitter.
Matt Ryan was asked about the possibility of playing in front of empty stadiums while pumping in crowd noise. “I’m not sure our organization should be talking about pumping in crowd noise.” 😂
— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) June 9, 2020
This might seem like a confusing statement, without historical context. But Ryan is right on the money.
The Falcons were busted for pumping fake crowd noise into their stadium during the 2014 season. They were fined $350,000 and also lost a fifth-round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Pretty brilliant comedic timing from Ryan, though he might indeed have to get accustomed to the idea of fake crowd noise.
The NFL is hoping fans will be allowed in the seats by the time September rolls around. They have yet to officially state what broadcasts might look like without fans, though announcers such as FOX mainstay Joe Buck suggested fake crowd noise could be a solution.
Alternatively, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver is intrigued by the idea of mic’d up players, suggesting it would bring a real and fresh perspective to the fans.
Fans or no fans, Ryan will be hoping to lead his team back to the playoffs in 2020.
The Falcons have gone 7-9 in each of the last two seasons, though Ryan has played well. Atlanta will hope to help Ryan by getting things going on the ground, with Todd Gurley officially joining the team after passing his physical.
In any case, Ryan is staying sharp, and in more ways than one.