Though Atlanta Falcons proprietor Arthur Clean expressed admiration for Matt Ryan, he didn’t absolutely decide to the one-time MVP because the quarterback of the long run because the franchise searches for a brand new head coach and normal supervisor.
Clean parted methods with coach Dan Quinn and normal supervisor Thomas Dimitroff on Sunday following an 0-5 begin. Raheem Morris was named interim head coach, whereas president/CEO Wealthy McKay was designated to supervise the day-to-day operations within the interim.
Clean addressed the media Monday and was requested if the 35-year-old Ryan is the quarterback into the long run.
“I really like Matt, very similar to I really like Dan, I really like Thomas,” Clean stated. “Matt’s been a franchise chief for us, nice quarterback; one of many main quarterbacks within the final 13 years within the NFL. I hope he’ll be a part of our plans going ahead. However that might be a call that I will not make.
“Matt has the power to play at a really excessive degree, even at this age. Whether or not that is going to proceed or not, I am unsure. I respect his willingness to contemplate doing that and the extent at what he is performed for us for 13 years, which has been unbelievable. So we’ll should see. However then once more, that is going to be a call, on the finish of the day, that a part of will probably be as much as the participant; a part of will probably be as much as the teaching employees. And whether or not or not Matt can maintain himself collectively. God prepared, he’ll be capable of try this and play on the degree that he is able to enjoying at.”
Clean didn’t use his typical phrase of “Falcon for all times” whereas discussing Ryan. In the meantime, Ryan instructed ESPN final yr he desires to play into his 40s.
“I feel, No. 1, I’ve obtained a protracted technique to go till I get there,” Ryan stated. “However for those who can keep wholesome and you are still enjoying at a excessive degree and all these issues, I do not see why not.”
Ryan, who signed a five-year, $150 million extension in Could 2018 that included $100 million assured, has three years and $74.75 million left on his deal. He’ll rely $40,912,500 towards the 2021 cap for now, though the Falcons restructured his contract twice over the previous yr to create cap area and doubtless must do the identical once more to boost the roster subsequent season.
The Falcons haven’t given any indication of plans to half methods with Ryan, though they did interview prime quarterback prospects Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa earlier than this yr’s NFL draft as “due diligence,” in line with Dimitroff.
McKay stated Monday the brand new normal supervisor would have management of personnel choices beneath the brand new construction, with the brand new normal supervisor and head coach reporting to McKay. Clean stated the standard strategy can be to rent the GM first then the top coach, however added it could possibly be out of sequence this go-around.
McKay was requested if there are plans to commerce high-priced veteran gamers as a result of staff’s projected tight 2021 salary-cap state of affairs.
“No,” McKay stated. “Final yr, we made one commerce [Mohamed Sanu to Patriots for a second-round draft pick]. And it was a commerce that we thought was in the very best curiosity of the participant. It was positively in our greatest curiosity, we thought. And we executed that commerce.
“If anyone got here to us with a commerce for a participant and it made sense to us — it was in that participant’s greatest curiosity, our greatest curiosity and we may do it — would we contemplate it? Possibly. That is one thing we’d have a look at. However this is not going to be a state of affairs the place we will predetermine the roster for the subsequent head coach and normal supervisor. We’ll allow them to are available, allow them to consider this roster, allow them to see the strikes they wish to make.”
McKay went on to say there are a number of extremely paid gamers on the roster who considerably have an effect on the wage cap. Nonetheless, McKay believes the wage cap at all times “is one thing that you would be able to maneuver round.”
Proper now, the Falcons have six gamers scheduled to soak up greater than $136 million in cap area subsequent season: Ryan, vast receiver Julio Jones ($23.05 million), defensive deal with Grady Jarrett ($20.83 million), left deal with Jake Matthews ($20.21 million), pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr. ($18.67 million) and linebacker Deion Jones ($12.63 million). Whether or not the Falcons intend to do a full rebuild seems to rely upon how the brand new coach and normal supervisor view the returning roster. Clean stated the expertise on the roster proper now’s higher than the 0-5 document signifies.
As for Ryan, he admitted not performing as much as expectations this season. He hasn’t thrown a landing go prior to now two video games and threw a pricey fourth-quarter interception ultimately zone throughout the Falcons’ 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Via 5 video games, Ryan has accomplished 129 of 204 passes for 1,472 yards with seven touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer score of 90.2.
The third general choose within the 2008 draft, Ryan presently sits ninth on the all-time passing record with 52,658 yards.