Look I'm stopping this right here!! There have been a few on the board that I thought had a mindset that we couldn't win with certain coaches; ect, a mantra if you will.
I have always thought Ryan could get better and still do as I've posted a couple of times.
Look if Flacco didn't have a better post season this year then I'm wrong.
If turnovers aren't the crucial part of momentum and winning in the post season then
I'm wrong again.
Anyway Ryan is the franchise Qb, his play is looked at closely. If the rest of what we have is garbage (and I just don't want to argue about that with you; then Coach Smith must be the best coach in ages.)
Here's another reporters view on post season before this year's playoffs.
by Ben Pickman | Posted on January 12, 2013 by Ben Pickman
Both Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan were first round draft picks in 2008. Ryan was the third pick in the draft and Flacco the eighteenth. Flacco has led the Ravens to the playoffs every season in his career, while this is Ryan’s 4th postseason appearance and has made the playoffs three straight seasons. But Ryan and Flacco have had very different results in the postseason.
For quarterbacks, the NFL postseason defines your legacy. No matter how putrid a quarterback might have played in the regular season, a Super Bowl championship will make people forget about the regular season numbers. Think of Eli Manning, for example, Manning in 2008 played mediocre football, throwing twenty-one touchdowns, ten interceptions, 3238 yards, and completing a little more than sixty percent of his throws. When discussing Eli Manning’s 2008 season, no one mentions these pedestrian numbers, but instead his unforgettable Super Bowl run leading to his first title.
So far in Ryan’s young career he is yet to win a playoff game. Ryan led the Falcons to the playoffs in his rookie campaign, sneaking in as the five seed playing the NFC west winning Arizona Cardinals in Arizona. For a rookie Ryan played a mediocre game, passing for less than two-hundred yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ryan’s Falcons lost that game, which turned out to be Arizona’s first postseason victory in their journey to Super Bowl XLIII and Ryan’s first postseason defeat.
Ryan’s next appearance in the playoffs was in the 2010 season, where the Falcons were the number one seed facing the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. In this 48-21 loss to Green Bay, Ryan played even worse than he did in 2008, throwing one touchdown, two interceptions, and only 186 yards. In the 2010 regular season Ryan threw only nine interceptions, twenty-eight touchdowns, and just less than 4000 yards, but these quality regular season numbers are forgotten because of Atlanta’s early postseason exit.
The very next season Ryan led his Atlanta Falcons into MetLife Stadium to play the New York Giants. For the third time in his career Ryan struggled failing to throw a touchdowns and again throwing less than two-hundred yards. Atlanta lost to the Giants 24-2 failing to score a touchdown or field goal. Ryan’s third postseason defeat again overshadowed his regular season where he threw for more than 4000 yards and 29 touchdowns.
This weekend Ryan plays the Seattle Seahawks in the Georgia Dome. Ryan’s dominated defenses this past regular season throwing for more than 4700 yards and a career high thirty-two touchdowns, while leading the team to a 13-3 record. But even after this fantastic regular season for Ryan and the Falcons, there are many doubters. Ryan is yet to throw for two-hundred yards in a playoff game and throw more touchdowns than interceptions. If Ryan leads his team to his first career post-season victory than many of Ryan’s previous post-season results will be overlooked. But if he struggles again, than he may be just another Tony Romo 2.0, someone who plays good to great regular season football, but cannot win the games that matter.
Flacco on the other hand is yet to throw for 4000 yards and more than twenty-five touchdowns in the regular season. One week Flacco throws for one-hundred and eighty yards, no touchdowns, and one interception and the very next throws for three-hundred and fifty yards and three touchdowns.
Unlike Ryan, Flacco is incredibly inconsistent in the regular season, but to this point Flacco has achieved postseason success. Already in his young career Flacco has played in eight postseason games, Saturday January 12th being his ninth. Flacco has been to two AFC championship games, and if not for a missed Billy Cundiff field goal would have played in a Super Bowl.
To this point their careers, Matty “Ice” has been more like Matty “Ice Cold” in the postseason, where as Joe Flacco has made people remember that he is Joe Flacco and not his regular season allies Joe “Fluke-o.”
This weekend Ryan hopes to change his legacy one-hundred and eighty degrees in the other direction playing Seattle at 1:00 pm EST on Sunday, and Flacco hopes to continue his post-season success against Denver at 4:00 EST on Saturday.