DVR ALERT: Matt Ryan on NFL Network’s Top 100

100813 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)

100813 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)

BIRDLAND — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who has led the team to the playoffs in two of his first three years in the league, will be featured in this Sunday’s episode of ‘The Top 100: Players of 2011′ at  8 p.m. Sunday on the NFL Network.

Ryan is ranked between 60-51 by his own peers in the 100-player countdown. Ryan case will be presented by former Falcons coach Jerry Glanville.

As a team, the Falcons have a total of five players ranked in the Top 100.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Leeman Bennett

May 27th, 2011
10:09 am

Who are the other birds?

Northern Bird

May 27th, 2011
10:13 am

Roddy
Turner
Tony
5th: ?

Gritz Blitz

May 27th, 2011
10:20 am

Couldn’t Ryan’s case be made by somebody besides Jerry Glanville? This man was such a good talent evaluator that he traded away Brett Favre. I’ll be watching, but I wish someone else could have made this presentation. Falcon fans are still trying to forget the dark years of Jerry Glanville.

Dawglasville

May 27th, 2011
10:21 am

The owners and players have got to get back to the business of playing football. There will be a lot of excitement this year about the Birds.

hiramsaint

May 27th, 2011
10:21 am

based on what?

Logan

May 27th, 2011
10:22 am

John Abraham was ranked #69. So far he is the only Falcon to be ranked. I really thought Matty Ice would be ranked a little higher, but if you stop and think about it, there are a lot of good players in this league.

Rikus

May 27th, 2011
10:26 am

John Abraham (duh)

Rikus

May 27th, 2011
10:26 am

@Logan: Matty will be ranked higher in a year or two, after he wins his first Superbowl ring.

Davy Dmx

May 27th, 2011
10:43 am

My next list of Falcons is

1. Roddy White

2. Michael Turner

3. Tony Gonzalez

Davey Boy Smith

May 27th, 2011
10:56 am

I cannnot wait for the UFL season. Can’t wait to watch guys who actually care about football go out there and get after it, not a bunch of spoiled, whiny babies and their bosses.

An unintended consequence of the power play by the owners and players is that a UFL team or two, should they run things the right way, could elevate themselves to the point of having to be absorbed by the NFL.

Nick

May 27th, 2011
10:59 am

Haha, Davey, you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. You probably never played football or were the undersized kid who always got picked on. These are the best of the best, they bring in money to those greedy owners who have also never played football, they just want the money (that the players earn).

BigTimeTechFan

May 27th, 2011
11:09 am

Hey D O Ledbetter,
What team has the most players on that list? my guess is is the Chargers?

Seen (Sean Peyton) This (allegedly take/distribute painkillers) B4

May 27th, 2011
11:22 am

Ryan is easily a top 12, borderline top 10 QB in this league as of right now. His ranking in this list is neither surprising nor undeserved.

rollo lawson

May 27th, 2011
11:26 am

MV 7, Top Ten!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 27th, 2011
11:29 am

I don’ t have the whole list. I will check into that. I would think Pittsburgh has more than S.D.

buckhead benny

May 27th, 2011
11:38 am

john abraham is number 5, turner, gonzalez, roddy white, matt ryan

elroy

May 27th, 2011
12:03 pm

assuming there is football this year, next years top 100 should include a couple of more players from defense(loften, babs(#95), spoon(#56), & moore could be worthy).

55

May 27th, 2011
12:14 pm

After having the best record in the NFC last season and getting blown out their first playoff game AT HOME don’t none of them deserve to be on no list but I guess strength of schedule goes a long way. WILL SEE THIS SEASON!!!!!!!

wd

May 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

Bet Grimes is on there

Ryan2White

May 27th, 2011
12:42 pm

Why would you write an article titled “Five Falcons among NFL’s top 100″ and only name 1 of them. This is almost as bad as the idiot that reported that we were interested in Chad Johnson. I guess the AJC will let anyone write a sports article regardless of it’s validity or worth.

kd

May 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

Because the full list hasn’t been released yet. Some idiot, huh?

Coach Johnson

May 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

You got to be kidding!

Rikus

May 27th, 2011
1:00 pm

@Davey Boy Smith: dude, you are too funny. “elevate themselves to the point of having to be absorbed by the NFL”??? Wow. Those are some nice rose-colored glasses.

@Nick: Jerry Richardson is the most prominent figure among the owners in the lockout, and he played in the NFL for several years.

SickOfStupid

May 27th, 2011
1:07 pm

Seriously?

1) Who pays the players salary? The Owners.
2) Who pays the salary of the coaches, trainers, scouts, support staff? The Owners.
3) Who pays rent/mortgage on the facilities? The Owners.
4) Who has smartly positioned the NFL as the elite league in the world? The Owners.
5) Who markets this league? The Owners.
6) Who takes on ALL the financial risk of the business? The Owners.
7) Who gets reimbursed (VERY well I might add) for making the Owners money? The Players.
8) Who would NOT be making millions w/o the Owners (while the Owners STILL made billions)? The Players.

Hmm…sounds a lot like my job, with lmore dollar signs involved. And you know what? If I told my boss he made too much and needed to share his salary with me I’d be fired in a heartbeat. If the players don’t like their cushy job then they can do like the rest of us and find NEW employment.

I MUS WRITE

May 27th, 2011
1:07 pm

Captain Check Down is overrated ………Period Good player not great. He may be the 3rd best qb in our division……… Brees, Ryan/Freeman,

The Real Falcon

May 27th, 2011
1:08 pm

Fortunately this list was voted on by the players.
So all the Abe haters can just chill.
Who do you think knows best, them or you?

The Real Falcon

May 27th, 2011
1:10 pm

I have not seen one owner take a hit yet.
Get over it. That’s like saying unions were never needed but you take all your vacation time and sick leave.
No unions none of that.

PACKERBACKER

May 27th, 2011
1:13 pm

Is he higher than Aaron Rodgers?

AngryFalcon

May 27th, 2011
1:15 pm

Is the the list for Top 100 in 2011??

If so, my guess : Top Five in 2011 = Abraham, Ryan, Turner, White, and Grimes. Sorry Tony.

Marcus

May 27th, 2011
1:21 pm

I concur with Angry Falcon: if we are talking the 2010 season in review (basically the top returning 100 in 2011) Grimes had a breakout year.

@SICKOFSTUPID

May 27th, 2011
1:47 pm

Actually, you, the fan pays a lot of that via merchandise, concessions, TV advertising, tickets, etc…

rollo lawson

May 27th, 2011
1:56 pm

Roddy White first five year avg. (Didn’t include his rookie year to make it fair): 80 rec. 1126 yards 5tds (Currently considered one of the best in the NFL)

Andre Rison 5 year avg. 84 rec. 1126 yards 11tds. During his time only Rice nd Sterling Sharpe compared. Maybe Andre Reed too.

Looks like Andre belongs to me

rollo lawson

May 27th, 2011
2:02 pm

wrong blog, sorry

Naah!

May 27th, 2011
2:08 pm

To SickOfStupid, I see your point, but “The Owners” should be substituted with “The Fans”
We’re the ones who pay for everything, but unfortunately they treat us the same way the government does, at the bottom of the chain.

Bret Favre

May 27th, 2011
2:11 pm

I should be the only name on the list. I am the 100 best players in the NFL, even when I have retired.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2011
2:20 pm

“And you know what? If I told my boss he made too much and needed to share his salary with me I’d be fired in a heartbeat. ”

Yeah, because there are thousands if not millions of people out there who can do your job. There are not thousands of people out there who can tackle a 230 pound man running at 4.3 40 speeds or who can throw perfectly accurate spirals to moving targets 70 yards away from them. People don’t buy cars because they are fans of the guy who works on the assembly line, and they don’t buy clothes because they are fans of the guy who picked the cotton, but they sure as hell do buy football tickets because they want to see the players. Good luck being an NFL owner and trying to sell tickets to come watch scrubs play. Comparing my job or yours to the job of an NFL player — or really to anyone else in the entertainment industry, or anyone who makes their money doing something unique — is nonsensical.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2011
2:21 pm

Also, I’m tired of hearing about all the “risk” the owners incur. The owners own franchises in a league that operates as a government-sanctioned monopoly. They have made arguably the least risky investment that can be made in this country. They are set to get paid $4 billion collectively by the TV networks this year for NOT playing football games. Yeah, some risk. Meanwhile the players get their heads beat in on every play and get Alzheimers by age 40, and I guess that’s not risky at all.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2011
2:25 pm

As for the blog topic, this “list” is clearly just a ploy by the NFL to distract football fans from the lockout ugliness, but with that being said, Grimes should be on the list.

bravos fan

May 27th, 2011
2:28 pm

The 5 falcons are 1. Ryan 2. Gonzolaz 3. Turner 4. White 5. Abraham or Lofton

FalconsFan

May 27th, 2011
3:19 pm

To those throwing out various other names that SHOULD be on the list, we’re talking about the top 6% of the players in the NFL. Now it’s pretty awesome that the Falcons have 5 out of the Top 100 players because that means on average an NFL team should have about 3.125 players per team on the list and the Falcons have 5.

That’s 5 players who are better than 94% of the NFL according to their peers, that’s pretty impressive. Ryan, White, Abe, Turner and Gonzo are ELITE by definition according to their peers.

DJ Sniper

May 27th, 2011
3:20 pm

Najeh, kudos for that first post. I always get a laugh out of people who frown upon the players for wanting the owners to open up their books. They’ll talk about how their own bosses would probably fire them for that request. People need to realize that pro sports operates on a much different level than jobs held by us regular working stiffs.

PMC

May 27th, 2011
3:26 pm

Kind of interested to see where this new “no union” “no CBA” idea is going to go.

I do wonder how that will work with the cartel.

papadawg

May 27th, 2011
3:55 pm

I’m getting closer to not caring if they have a pro season or not. I’ll use that high priced ticket money for something else. SICK & TIRED

Skram30082

May 27th, 2011
4:07 pm

Regarding the owners, don’t forget about REVENUE SHARING, which is another phrase for REDISTRIBUTION OF INCOME, which is also a characteristic of SOCIALISM.

Don’t forget that this is a LOCKOUT, not a strike. And it’s all because the OWNERS want more money.

Don’t forget that the OWNERS have been slow to act on the effects of concussions, and that when the first studies about concussions were conducted, OWNERS turned a deaf ear to the results.

If these things involved any other industry, the majority of people would be ready throw that industry under the bus.

There is NO WAY to compare the business of professional sports with any other business.

ernisTbass

May 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

why would Turner be on the list? The most over rated guy on the team, he is a dancer not a bruiser, the reason the Falcons have to settle for field goals. He is as big as the bus Bettis but can’t get the last two yards without a huge hole. Give him a head start and he can run over a DB but he can’t create a hole and finish the job.Great backs can run the clock out with a 4 point lead and 3-5 mins left in the game, Turner can’t do that. I like the guy but he is soft at the line. As for not buying a car because of the guy on the production line etc. true but without Henry Ford the production line wouldn’t be there. The players get paid plenty and without the investment made by the owners these guys would be selling insurance. Ask Tom Brady. As good as Brady is somebody has to provide the stage and the players sure as heck ain’t got the stage. Bye the way do the players chip in and pay the Ryan Leafs of the world???? Yeah the owners have no risk. The owners risk their personal fortunes and the players risk their health, neither one has too but both choose too and just like the production line the worker/player doesn’t have to work but if they choose too they work/ play by the factory / team owner’s rules. If you don’t like it start your own factory/ league. Until then shut up and work.

AlanFalcon

May 27th, 2011
5:51 pm

Who pays the owners? THE FANS

Jesse

May 27th, 2011
6:16 pm

Hey D O Ledbetter,
What team has the most players on that list? my guess is is the Chargers?

The Green Bay Packers lead the way with 7, the whole list so far has been a bloody joke.

$9,000.00 pin stripe suit

May 27th, 2011
6:43 pm

Every NFL team should have community ownership like the Green Bay Packers.

Enough with the used car salesman type owners, their greed is outrageous.

GT GRAD

May 27th, 2011
6:53 pm

Abraham, Matt Ryan, Roddy White and obviously Tony Gonzalez are no-brainers!

The 5th player is interesting………..I would think Omughelli is probably the best fullback in the entire NFL. If they overlooked him, maybe Todd McClure or Koenen made the list (you could make a strong case for all three of these players).

Fans who think Turner should be ranked in the Top 100 are delusional…….I will be completely shocked if he makes the list. He is slow and one dimensional; however, he has been marketed heavily by the Falcons, so he very well might make the list.

I am just glad the Falcons have 5 on the list and I hope the player/owners work out the legal stuff so we can all enjoy watching some NFL football soon!!

GT GRAD

May 27th, 2011
6:59 pm

I agree with the ernisTbass comments AND I really like this guys blog name………….my favorite Andy Griffith shows were the 4 episodes which featured Enis T. Bass!!