Atlanta and their franchise QB Matt Ryan are entering the 9th season and it’s about time to start evaluating talent down the road to become his eventual replacement, but at the current moment it seems that the Falcons could play up on a controversy at QB.
Matt Ryan had a bumpy ride last season as he only threw 21 touchdowns and almost threw as many interceptions with 16 and since the NFC Championship loss in 2012 he has not had the same confidence as the Matty Ice Falcons fans had come to love. He has Julio Jones as a main target but that is only one of the solutions to help him turn things around.
Enter Matt Schaub a former third round pick of the Falcons in 2004 and now 13-year NFL veteran who has been placed in a system he is comfortable with in Atlanta. Schaub played his best years in Houston (2007-2013) as he made 2 Pro Bowl appearances and passed for over 4,000 yards 3 times. He played in the same type of offense Shanahan runs with the Falcons one Ryan is yet to adapt too.
Ryan is having issues with audibles and awareness in the pocket mainly because of his knowledge of the playbook. This is his first change up with an offense scheme and it showed last season and through the first preseason game, which could land the Falcons in a tough spot and Ryan in hot water.
Schaub has looked good in camp and he seemed to have grasp Shanahan’s style and seemed comfortable during his first out against Washington.
It is only preseason and it’s not the time to panic and I know it would be tough to bench a $100 million dollar QB but it’s about the team right? So if Ryan continues to struggle what should be Atlanta’s move? It would be a tough decision, but again IT’S ONLY THE PRESEASON!!!!