Though Atlanta Falcons proprietor Arthur Clean expressed admiration for Matt Ryan, he didn’t totally decide to the one-time MVP because the quarterback of the longer term because the franchise searches for a brand new head coach and basic supervisor.
Clean parted methods with coach Dan Quinn and basic 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 Tuesday and was requested if the 35-year-old Ryan is the quarterback into the longer term.
“I like Matt, very like I like Dan, I like Thomas,” Clean mentioned. “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 can be a call that I will not make.
“Matt has the flexibility 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 think about doing that and the extent at what he is performed for us for 13 years, which has been unbelievable. So we’ll need to see. However then once more, that is going to be a call, on the finish of the day, that a part of it is going to be as much as the participant; a part of it is going to be as much as the teaching employees. And whether or not or not Matt can maintain himself collectively. God-willing, he’ll be capable of do 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 needs to play into his 40s.
“I feel, No. 1, I’ve acquired an extended option to go till I get there,” Ryan mentioned. “However in case you 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 of Could of 2018 that included $100 million assured, has three years and $74.75 million left on his deal. He’ll depend $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 reinforce 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 previous yr’s NFL draft as “due diligence,” in accordance with Dimitroff.
McKay mentioned Tuesday the brand new basic supervisor would have management of personnel choices underneath the brand new construction, with the brand new basic supervisor and head coach reporting to McKay. Clean mentioned the normal method could be to rent the GM first then the pinnacle coach however added it might be out of sequence this go-around.
McKay was requested if there are plans to commerce high-priced veteran gamers because of the staff’s projected tight 2021 salary-cap state of affairs.
“No,” McKay mentioned. “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 perfect curiosity of the participant. It was positively in our greatest curiosity, we thought. And we executed that commerce.
“If someone 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 might do it — would we contemplate it? Possibly. That is one thing we might take a look at. However this won’t be a state of affairs the place we will predetermine the roster for the following head coach and basic supervisor. We will allow them to are available, allow them to consider this roster, allow them to see the strikes they need to make.”
McKay went on to say there are plenty of extremely paid gamers on the roster that considerably impression the wage cap. Nevertheless, McKay believes the wage cap at all times “is one thing you could maneuver round.”
Proper now, the Falcons have six gamers scheduled to soak up greater than $136 million in cap area subsequent season: Ryan, broad receiver Julio Jones ($23.05 million), defensive sort out Grady Jarrett ($20.83 million), left sort out 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 depend upon how the brand new coach and basic supervisor view the returning roster. Clean mentioned 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 cross up to now two video games and threw a pricey fourth-quarter interception in the long run zone through the Falcons’ 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers this previous Sunday. By means of 5 video games, Ryan has accomplished 129 of 204 passes for 1,472 yards with seven touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer ranking of 90.2.
The third-overall choose within the 2008 draft, Ryan presently sits ninth on the all-time passing checklist with 52,658 passing yards