Gil Brandt picks Matt Ryan to win league MVP award

00813 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) loosens up for the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

00813 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) loosens up for the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

JACKSONVILLE Gil Brandt, of Sirius NFL radio and NFL.com,  is all-in on the Falcons.

On Sirius NFL Radio last night, while talking to Dr. Falcon on the air, he announced that he’s selecting Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to win the NFL’s MVP award.

“I think he’s going to be a big factor in the success of that team,” Brandt said on the Late Hits show.

Brandt, the longtime former personnel man with the Dallas Cowboys,  said he had to write a piece for NFL.com and in the article he picking Ryan.

Last season, Peyton Manning won the award for a record fourth time.

“I won’t be a bit surprised if Atlanta wins the NFC South,” Brandt said.

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94 comments Add your comment

James of Ball Ground

September 2nd, 2010
12:10 pm

This man clearly knows his stuff. Go you hairy Falcons

Jim

September 2nd, 2010
12:11 pm

I`d rather they fly under the radar-too much expectations as of now-gonna be hard to live up to them?

CJ

September 2nd, 2010
12:14 pm

I would love for him to be right, but anybody making that prediction at this point in time obviously hasn’t kept up with the Falcons enough.

Section 108

September 2nd, 2010
12:15 pm

MattyIce is the man. Pure and simple

Season Ticket Holder

September 2nd, 2010
12:22 pm

Gil Brandt is correct about one thing: Matt is going to be a big factor in the success of the falcons. With that said, the Falcons may be in trouble.

BeefATL72

September 2nd, 2010
12:34 pm

CJ – anyone making contrary predictions hasn’t been keeping up with the Falcons. Which happens to be the majority.

Remember right after the SB last year, when the “experts” blew up a bunch of balloons with team logo’s on them & then started popping them with pins. All those experts didn’t even have the Falcons in the top 15 much less on the playoff bubble. Now half of them have us winning the division over the Aints.

What changed? What changed is guys like Gil Brandt were contradicting them & deep inside they know not to go against guys like him. The media are nothing but copycats & bandwagon jumpers. They see someone of respect like Brandt say early on that he believes the Falcons will do great, win the division, make the playoffs, etc. etc. and like lemmings they change their tune & start saying the same thing. But to not look like idiots, they exagerate little things & make non-issues into issues. They stupidly look at preseason stats & use them as a basis for predicting a team or player’s season.

Fact is, Gil Brandt knows more about this game than 99% of the ignorant media could dream of knowing. And the vast majority of his predictions, which he doesn’t give very often, end up coming true.

Just wait & see. Week 8 when the Falcons are 7-1, all these experts will purposely forget popping Atlanta’s balloon & the fact that Gil Brandt was telling everyone back in April how good the Falcons & Ryan were going to be, & they’ll claim they were one of the few who knew it all along & pat themselve on the back rather than credit Brandt.

You’re following the lemmings, friend.

wind, rain, oil, FALCONS

September 2nd, 2010
12:42 pm

Ryan is good. That’s it. He’s just good, not great, not an MVP, just pretty good. The Falcons are a grind it out, smash mouth, defensive team that is capable of winning big if the QB can manage the game. He’s not going to win the MVP, but he might win a Super Bowl.

Jesse

September 2nd, 2010
12:43 pm

AH….. no MVP award for him. With Turner in the backfield Matt’s passing numbers won’t match Brees or Peyton’s or Brady’s….. so no chance of him throwing for 4500 yards and 30+ TDs.

David

September 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

Smart Man. I can’t wait for the season.

Falcon Fanatic

September 2nd, 2010
12:50 pm

This could be Ryan’s break out year. Everyone else on the team will need to pull their own weight.

Joe Tess Fish House

September 2nd, 2010
12:52 pm

How can Ryan win MVP without TO?

Bill Campbell

September 2nd, 2010
12:54 pm

Receiving corp is lacking!

DJ Sniper

September 2nd, 2010
12:55 pm

Joe Tess, how many other QB’s have won the MVP with Terrell Owens? I’ll tell you: none. Please get over it already. TO was never coming here.

Breesus is my homeboy

September 2nd, 2010
12:59 pm

Seriously, stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Ryan isn’t the best QB in the NFC South, much less the entire NFL to win the MVP award.

FrontRow

September 2nd, 2010
1:21 pm

I think he meant MVP of the NFL, not your fantasy league.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 2nd, 2010
1:21 pm

JTFH — Who is T.0.?

Bill Campbell — Welcome back.

Blue Fender

September 2nd, 2010
1:22 pm

I think Lofton wins it after his 342nd tackle of the season rips off Reggie Bush’s head.

waynester

September 2nd, 2010
1:27 pm

Some people just can’t handle prosperity. They’re like the guy who wins the Powerball and blows it all on scratch-offs. We’ve finally got a young QB with MVP potential, but some “fans” would rather see him fail so they can say “I told ya’ so” than see him take this team to the bigtime. Too many negative Nancy-boys on here with half-full glasses. Here’s hoping ol’ Gil is right as rain…..

Joey M

September 2nd, 2010
1:33 pm

Our Offensive Line is healthy and better. Another year together. I just hope they stay healthy. With Michael Turner’s dedication to making himself the best back in the league and Matt Ryan’s obsession with film study I see no reason why Matt Ryan won’t be Offensive MVP this season. I will never forget when one reporter here (Moore) complained because we went with the white QB and not the black DB in the draft. He said it was shameful and that he could not get behind the Falcons on that pick. Glenn Dorsey was the player. This news outlet let Moore write his anti white thoughts for years. Complaining because we went with Greg Maddux over Barry Bonds. But, if anyone believes Dorsey was the correct pick, let us know and why.

mcbubba

September 2nd, 2010
1:33 pm

As long as he stays off the cover of SI and Madden, sounds good to me..

dbird1

September 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

Leage MVP. Probly not. deep into the playoffs..absolutly

dbird1

September 2nd, 2010
1:46 pm

JTFH. Dude get over the TO B.S. it was never going to happen. go buy a Bengals Jersey

Saints LSU

September 2nd, 2010
2:00 pm

GIL forgot there 31 other QB’S in the NFL i know he ’s old i don’t know he’s that old this is not the 60’s are 70’s c’mon old man Brees, Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Rivers,Mcnabb, Big Ben, the other Matt in Houston need i say more c’mon man LOL MVP of the NFL please GIL find another job Falcons fan you guys are in for a long season following GIL

Dirty Bird

September 2nd, 2010
2:14 pm

Did this dude watch any of the preseason games? Don’t get me wrong, I love the falcons and Matt Ryan, but our offense looked horrible. I’m praying he gets it together before the first game. Goooooo falcons!!!

RobbE33

September 2nd, 2010
2:14 pm

I concur with Jim. All this preseason hype makes me nervous. I’d much rather they quietly take care of business under everyone’s radar in a professional manner and leave the gaudy stats to Brees, Rivers, Manning & Brady. I know Blank needs to fill seats but expectations haven’t been kind to the birds in the past. The first string only needs to play for one series in Jacksonville before giving way to the fray of frantic hopefuls.

Joe Tess Fish House

September 2nd, 2010
2:17 pm

So Ryan will win with Jenkins on the roster? No way!

Nique

September 2nd, 2010
2:18 pm

Sorry but this one won’t happen! Sorry but Ryan is one of my worries on the team, not that he’s not a good Qb, because he is, he’s actually better than just good, he has the potential to be great, but he’s just not there yet! Maybe during his 5th season i could see this as a true statement but right now…….he hasn’t done anything or progressed nearly enough 4 someone to make such a bold statement as that.

I like Matt but his completion percentage, decision making, & thus INT’s are far from what they’d need to be for him to win MVP, not to mention with the lack of a true # 2 wr, it’s just not gonna happen! I believe the Birds win the NFC South but no disrespect, i think in some ways it happens in spite of Matt & not because of him! He turns it over too much & in the clutch 2 & as i said the completion percentage is far to low, his TD to INT ratio has to be more than 2 to 1 & he’s yet to do that yet, & if he is going to win the MVP, it’ll need to be more like 3 to 1 or even 4 to1. Those are HUGE jumps in a year to make & nothing he’s done in the preseason & our inability to upgrade our wr core lead me to believe that this will happen! Right now Matt’s not even a top 10 QB in the league. Top 15 yes, but not top 10, he’s still got a lot of work to do! I’ll just be happy if he proves himself to be in the top 10 this year & upgrades like that honestly.

DirtyBird3

September 2nd, 2010
2:24 pm

The Falcons have as much of a complete team as any other in the league. I like M. Ryan and his bearing as a good person and hard worker. Sometimes I wondered during the 11-5 season was Chris Redmon a better QB. Ryan is the future, but I think Redmon has a bit of Brett Favre in him. If I am not mistaken, Roddy White had his 1st 1000 yrd year prior to Ryan being drafted. He looked very much in control on his TD drive against Miami and his passes were mostly crisp and on the mark. Without question the Falcons are a solid QB away from winning the SB. I believe M. Ryan has the potential to take us there, but Redmon may be the better passer right now.

DHD

September 2nd, 2010
2:27 pm

It’s funny how someone has an opinion then others blast him for it. How many of you “experts” picked Jose Bautista to hit over 40 HRs this year? There are always surprises in very league of every sport. So, let the guy have his opinion and prediction. As predictions go, nobody will remember it if it doesn’t happen, but if it does, he looks like the genius.

keeping it Real

September 2nd, 2010
2:29 pm

A weak arm Ryan to win MVP. put the pipe down now. you have lost your mind!!!

keeping it Real

September 2nd, 2010
2:35 pm

In some minds he(Ryan) may look the part but he is not all that just pure hype. Tip Ryan pure patty melt when heat is applyed!! NOW IF THEY PAY OFF THE NFL HE MAYBE MVP!!!

Falcon Fan 664

September 2nd, 2010
2:46 pm

I believe the Falcons have sufficient players to win big, I just do not believe they have the schemes or schemers to do it. Matt Ryan is very good I just do not see him as great.The team has a few other players that can match up solid with just about any club. One star does not make a team.

Troy Taylor

September 2nd, 2010
2:48 pm

Well said Wayne. It seems some folks buy their season tickets so that they can pull for the other teams. I’ve never seen anything like it.

I don’t understand why people in this city can’t get behind their teams and those teams’ players. Matt Ryan is a stud NFL QB, and we’re lucky to have him. There are very few teams in the league who wouldn’t gladly give up their starting QB if they had a chance to have Matt behind their center.

I guess many here would love it if we had MV#7 back because he had a cannon for an arm but couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn w/ it. Heck, that’s even when he decided that he should throw instead of trying to make every play with his legs. Unbelievable!

Honestly, I think a good many that post here have no clue of what it takes to win in the NFL.

dbird1

September 2nd, 2010
2:59 pm

Pay off the NFL. It worked for the sAints

Nique

September 2nd, 2010
3:02 pm

What is it with you Falcons fans who that ya’ll have to continuously bring up Vick, to support Ryan u don’t have to bring up & bash Vick & to be against Ryan you don’t have to bring up or exalt Vick. Vick is Vick, he did his dirt, paid his price, & is dead & gone to Atl, like it or not, it is what it is. He’s moved on from ATL can we please move on 2??? Goodness & this excludes the ignorant saints fans who have nothing better to do (not all of them but a few on here fall into that category). This is a falcons blog, Vick isn’t a Falcon anymore, lets keep this thing relevant to the present & not live in the past!

JimmyFalcon

September 2nd, 2010
3:06 pm

@ Troy Taylor, Honestly by looking at posts on here I have no clue if these people even watch footbal. Shakes head

Nique

September 2nd, 2010
3:13 pm

YDS CMP% TD INT RAT
4202 68.4 33 7 107.2

YDS CMP% TD INT RAT
4434 64.7 30 7 103.2

YDS CMP% TD INT RAT
4254 65.2 28 9 104.4

YDS CMP% TD INT RAT
4388 70.6 34 11 109.6

These are potential MVP #’s at QB

YDS CMP% TD INT RAT
2916 58.3 22 14 80.9
These are not……..

What makes you believe Ryan will go from these to those? Especially when we’re a run 1st team? I am not knocking the man for making a prediction, especially 1 as bold as this 1, I’m just saying i don’t see it & am asking for those of ya’ll who do, how do you, what are your rationales & basis? Bc I’m curious & would also love to believe this, but I just can’t right now

Troy Taylor

September 2nd, 2010
3:21 pm

Nique, I wasn’t trying to bash MV#7 to boast MR#2. The point was that having a cannon for an arm doesn’t make that person a great QB. But you’re right, that’s in the past, and I’ll leave it there in all future posts.

I will say this, all Matt Ryan has done since coming in here is work his butt off, help win games, help turn a 3-13 into an 11-5 team in his rookie year, help take us to the playoffs in his rookie year, and help break a 43 year curse of never winning back to back seasons. He’s accomplished those things in just two years in the league. Makes me smile from ear to ear knowing where this team can go in the next few years.

Here’s a good post from ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nfl/preview10/team/_/name/atl

Troy Taylor

September 2nd, 2010
3:24 pm

Nique, I agree. I don’t think Matt will win league MVP. I just don’t see it.

I just hate to see people bash him because we’re truly lucky to have him as our QB.

Jack

September 2nd, 2010
3:41 pm

Thats a bold statement from the media. As much as I would love to agree with him, lots of things need to happen for him to be considered a mvp. Lets what happens in the season

North always beat the south

September 2nd, 2010
3:52 pm

Matt Ryan I don’t think so

BKP

September 2nd, 2010
3:55 pm

Step away from the hippie lettuce Gil. Apparently you haven’t been watching the same Ryan we have.

DHunt

September 2nd, 2010
3:57 pm

Hey, It could happen. I think it’s safe to safe that MR2 is not going to get any worse, and that is a very good outlook for the Falcons. Dude is not going to start losing games for us. So all he has is upside. And the upside is that if Turner starts racking up the yards, safeties start cheating up to the line of scrimmage. No reason why Matt and the WR cannot find plenty of ways to exploit that. If our defense can finally get the other team off the field, so they have the tired defenders instead of us, there’s no reason why MR2 AND THE WR

DHunt

September 2nd, 2010
3:59 pm

cannot take advantage of that. It’s a team game guys and Ryan is far from the weakest link on the team. If some other guys step up, Matt is in a position to step up big time this year.

Dukester

September 2nd, 2010
4:00 pm

I hope the best for the kid. All I have to say is no excuses about the line not blocking, receivers not catching or getting open and bad coaching. Let the facts fall where they may. If he is great he will lead us to the super bowl if he is not we will be average. Average to me is 7-9 to 10-6. Lets see!!

D-Bird

September 2nd, 2010
4:06 pm

Gil Brandt! What a joke! Matty Ice is no MVP! Matty Ice can not throw the out route. Drew Bre and Tom Brady are both great MVP quaterback.

BeefATL72

September 2nd, 2010
4:08 pm

Drew Brees:
Season #1: only played 1 game, not worth mentioning
Season #2: 16g, 320/526, 3284yds, 17tds, 16ints, 76.9pr, 8-8 record
Season #3: 11g, 205/356, 2108yds, 11tds, 15ints, 67.5pr, 4-12 record

Peyton Manning:
Season #1: 16g, 326/575, 3739yds, 26tds, 28ints, 71.2pr, 3-13 record
Season #2: 16g, 331/533, 4135yds, 26tds, 15ints, 90.7pr, 13-3 record

Tom Brady:
Season #1: only played 1 game, not worth mentioning
Season #2: 15g, 264/413, 2843yds, 18tds, 12ints, 86.5pr, 11-5 record
Season #3: 16g, 373/601, 3764yds, 28tds, 14ints, 85.7pr, 9-7 record

Matt Ryan:
Season #1: 16g, 265/434, 3440yds, 16tds, 11ints, 87.7pr, 11-5 record
Season #2: 14g, 263/451, 2916yds, 22tds, 14ints, 80.9pr, 9-5 record

Hey, I got an idea, lets stop ignoring the fact he’s only entering his 3rd year & give him the credit he’s due. He’s got better or as good of stats & record after 2 seasons as the most elite QB’s in this league had their 1st couple seasons.

Or, you can feel like an idiot in the future when he’s winning the MVP again & going to his 2nd Superbowl. Whatever floats your boat.

Troy Taylor

September 2nd, 2010
4:18 pm

Thanks BeefATL72! Exactly!

Pre-season means squat guys. Wait ’til the real season before you start bashing the guy.

My biggest worry for this team this year is Matt Bryant. We lost 2 games and possibly 3 last year due to place kicking. I hope Matt Bryant shows more in the season than he did pre-season (and, yes, when it comes to place kicking what happens in the pre-season is relevant).

Ronnie B

September 2nd, 2010
4:23 pm

I think this is like the 9th or 10th article this offseason in the AJC about how great Matt Ryan is and what an epic season he is going to have. This makes me very nervous as a long suffering Falcons fan since ‘89. I remember the hype machine on the AJC after the Super Bowl season. The team crashed and burned at a pitiful 4-12.

Let’s take a chill pill, Media Peeps. The dude is only in his 3rd year and there’s no doubt he’s an up and comer with serious upside. But he has enough pressure on him already without all these articles and people hyping him up to be the next Manning or Brady.

Let’s Go Falcons!

Ed

September 2nd, 2010
4:53 pm

That’s funny, I heard that Flacco has a shot at NFL MVP.