DVR Alert: Matt Ryan apparently snubbed in Top 100


061912 FLOWERY BRANCH:  Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completes a pass during the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completes a pass during the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM


BIRDLAND — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, in an apparent snub by NFL players, apparently has not made the league’s popular Top 100 list.

The Top 10 players of last season will be revealed tonight at 8 p.m. on the NFL Network.

Host Lindsay Rhodes will be joined by NFL Network analysts Warren Sapp and Marshall Faulk to recap the 90 players that have been revealed thus far and discuss who will be tabbed the best player in the NFL.

The list – which has Tim Tebow rated 95th and Peyton Manning rated 50th even though he didn’t play last season — was voted on by the players themselves.

Running back Michael Turner (88), wide receiver Roddy White (65) and tight end Tony Gonzalez are the only Falcons already named. White was not real pleased with his selection, either.

Despite throwing for a franchise-record 4,153 yards last season and guiding the Falcons to the playoffs for the second consecutive season for the first time in franchise history, Ryan apparently has not made the

A Green Bay Packers fan isn't happy with the 20-17 Falcons victory at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton

A Green Bay Packers fan isn't happy with the 20-17 Falcons victory at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton

list. The NFL Network has announced that there are 13 quarterbacks. Ten have been named and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, New England’s Tom Brady and New Orleans’ Drew Brees are projected to be in the Top 10.

Here are the other quarterbacks: Tebow (95), Tony Romo (91), Joe Flacco (74), Michael Vick (70), Philip Rivers (61), P. Manning (50), Matthew Stafford (41), Cam Newton (40), Eli Manning (31) and Ben Roethlisberger (30).

Why did the players stiff Ryan?

Below is complete list of players ranked #100-11:


100. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans, RB             55. Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals, CB/PR

99. Ryan Kalil – Carolina Panthers, C                         54. Brian Cushing – Houston Texans, LB

98. Willis McGahee – Denver Broncos, RB               53. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons, TE

97. Donald Penn – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, T          52. Von Miller – Denver Broncos, LB

96. D’Qwell Jackson – Cleveland Browns, LB           51. Brian Urlacher – Chicago Bears, LB

95. Tim Tebow – New York Jets, QB                         50. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos, QB

94. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks, RB          49. Maurkice Pouncey – Pittsburgh Steelers, C

93. Cortland Finnegan – St. Louis Rams, CB            48. Devin Hester – Chicago Bears, WR/PR

92. John Kuhn – Green Bay Packers, FB                  47. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers, WR

91. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys, QB                      46. Champ Bailey – Denver Broncos, DB

90. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants, WR               45. Vonta Leach – Baltimore Ravens, FB

89. Dwight Freeney – Indianapolis Colts, DE             44. Jason Babin – Philadelphia Eagles, DE

88. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons, RB                 43. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers, TE

87. London Fletcher – Washington Redskins, LB      42. Jason Peters – Philadelphia Eagles, T

86. Darren Sproles – New Orleans Saints, RB          41. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions, QB

85. NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco 49ers, LB     40. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB

84. Chris Long – St. Louis Rams, DE                         39. Victor Cruz – New York Giants, WR

83. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills, RB                          38. Ndamukong Suh – Detroit Lions, DT

82. Joe Thomas – Cleveland Browns, T                     37. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams, RB

81. Vince Wilfork – New England Patriots, DT           36. Charles Woodson – Green Bay Packers, CB

80. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers, WR            35. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers, WR

79. Nnamdi Asomugha – Philadelphia Eagles, CB    34. Tamba Hali – Kansas City Chiefs, LB

78. Derrick Johnson – Kansas City Chiefs, LB          33. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears, RB

77. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals, WR                   32. Jahri Evans – New Orleans Saints, G

76. Carl Nicks – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, G              31. Eli Manning – New York Giants, QB

75. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys, TE                    30. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers, QB

74. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens, QB                     29. James Harrison – Pittsburgh Steelers, LB

73. Johnathan Joseph – Houston Texans, CB          28. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers, RB

72. Lance Briggs – Chicago Bears, LB                      27. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers, LB

71. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles, WR       26. Julius Peppers – Chicago Bears, DE

70. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles, QB               25. Arian Foster – Houston Texans, RB

69. Carlos Rogers – San Francisco 49ers, CB          24. Jason Pierre-Paul – New York Giants, DE

68. Elvis Dumervil – Denver Broncos, DE                 23. Wes Welker – New England Patriots, WR

67. Joe Staley – San Francisco 49ers, T                    22. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens, RB

66. Earl Thomas – Seattle Seahawks, S                    21. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, TE

65. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons, WR                    20. Ray Lewis – Baltimore Ravens, LB

64. Logan Mankins – New England Patriots, G         19. Troy Polamalu – Pittsburgh Steelers, S

63. LaMarr Woodley – Pittsburgh Steelers, LB          18. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles, RB

62. Justin Tuck – New York Giants, DE                     17. Justin Smith – San Francisco 49ers, DE

61. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers, QB             16. Ed Reed – Baltimore Ravens, S

60. Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders, RB          15. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans, WR

59. Jake Long – Miami Dolphins, T                             14. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints, TE

58. Jonathan Vilma – New Orleans Saints, LB          13. Jared Allen – Minnesota Vikings, DE

57. Trent Cole – Philadelphia Eagles, DE                   12. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars, RB

56. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers, WR          11. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens, LB



–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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229 comments Add your comment


June 28th, 2012
9:28 am

Thanks D. Led. I’ve been trying to get some insight into his personality a bit. Glad to know his mindframe isnt as frail as I beleived. I totally agree with you…I’d look like a deer in the headlights to if my O-Line (PARTICULARLY MY SHORT ARMED LEFT TACKLE) lets everyone get by him. I’d have little confidence in them myself. REALLY hope that changes this year b/c a lot of what we’re gonna do will be contigent on how this rag tag line of ours improves. I like Blalock, still like Mud Duck, and I dont like Clabo as much I did Dahl but that lamenting ship has long I’d love to see this:
LT- ANYONE better than Baker LG-Blalock has this bla-LOCKED C-Hawley should push McClure, kinda want to see what Hawley can do full time RG-Konz or Manuwai would be fine right here RT-Clabo has the clank on this one. lol I think this group could be an upgrade along with Pat Hill’s new scheme.


June 28th, 2012
9:34 am

Put Matt Ryan behind the OL at GB, NO or NE and he would be in the Top 10 (r Top 20 for certain) just like Rodgers, Brees & Brady!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2012
9:54 am

FINAL 10: 1. Aaron Rodgers, 2. Drew Brees, 3. Calvin Johnson, 4. Tom Brady, 5. Darrelle ReviS, 6. DeMarcus Ware, 7. Larry Fitzgerald, 8. Adrian Peterson, 9. Haloti Ngata and 10. Patrick Willis.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2012
10:05 am

Son of Bart – He’s a very tough individual.


June 28th, 2012
10:08 am


D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2012
10:09 am

Ken – I understand. But winning the Super Bowl has to mean something. Eli made some awesome throws in both Super Bowl games. During the season, he tends to force too much stuff and gets burned.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2012
10:13 am

DR. FALCON – Excellent points. (However, Mularkey deserves some credit,too.)

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June 28th, 2012
12:02 pm

He was “snubbed” because, though folks loved to quote Ryan’s regular season stats, he hasn’t led his team to victory when it counts most…the playoffs. It would be different if he played even decently in the playoff games we lost, but he was pretty much awful in all of them. I’m sure this is why he’s not on the list & I can’t argue with that. We could talk all day about his stats or QB ability versus Tebow’s, but the bottom line is this: Can you lead your team to playoff wins? In that category, Tebow’s batting .500 & Ryan’s batting .000.


June 28th, 2012
12:16 pm

And for those of you blaming the o-line: Yes, the o-line was horrific last season. However, I challenge you to look at some of the throws Ryan made in the game against the Giants on plays in which the protection was solid. Then I want to go back & look at his play in the ‘08 & ‘10 playoff games, when our o-line was actually pretty good. Four words: He was still horrible. I wish you guys would stop with the regular season stat quoting. If I had to choose between a guy that puts up great regular season stats but consistently stinks it up in the playoffs & a guy that puts up just decent regular season stats but leads us to playoff wins…I’ll take the latter.

Just Sayin.....

June 28th, 2012
2:36 pm

Is it still a mystery why the Dolphins with the 2nd pick in 2008 passed on the 2nd coming of Peytonfor an offensive lineman?

Just Sayin.....

June 28th, 2012
2:40 pm

In 2007 didn’t Joey Harrington have like a 63 percent passing proficiency? Just sayin……


June 28th, 2012
4:11 pm

Awwwwwwwwwwww-Poor Matty meltdown didn’t get in the top 100 . Boo Hoo Hoo. At least Tebow has won a playoff game . Whats the melt done ? Lose 3 !

Falcons > Everyone

June 28th, 2012
4:12 pm

This is a popularity contest, so one’s inclusion or lack thereof shouldn’t be a place to hang your hat. If you say about Matt Ryan that “he needs to win a playoff game”, then that’s a cop-out. If you say it’s arm strength, that’s another poor excuse since he threw for over 4,000 yards last season. It’s not like he completed 500 8-yard passes. How many playoff games did Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford, Phillip Rivers or Peyton Manning win last season? The same amount as Ice. Matter of fact, only one of those names (Stafford) even played in a playoff game in 2011-12. If I’m Ryan, I take this with a grain of salt and keep working hard.

what the

June 28th, 2012
4:52 pm

Tebow and Romo on the list but not Ryan? Why?????????????????


June 28th, 2012
4:53 pm

Thats ok, just gives him more determination to get it done this year

Just Sayin.....

June 28th, 2012
4:55 pm

72 Million should have been all the determination he needs, but has it?


June 28th, 2012
5:01 pm

I would much rather everyone downgrade the Falcons before the season than say how great they are. Matt Ryan and the Falcons will win a Superbowl. This list is taken to the point of obsurdity by the fact that Tebow, John Kuhn, and Willis McGahee made it. Also, Ray Lewis #20? Theres no way he should be ranked this high. This is a popularity contest.

Mr. Costanza

June 28th, 2012
5:26 pm

Why is there even a top 100? If you’re not top 10 you are just average.


June 28th, 2012
10:44 pm

You are right D-Led the Lombardi trophy is what every team wants and I think the Falcons will get there soon with Matt Ryan at the helm. I can’t wait to see Matt Ryan silence all the critics and haters!!

Michael M.

June 28th, 2012
11:07 pm

There is an old wise saying that where you was yesterday is not where you will be tomorrow………..we all in for a huge surprise this Season.


June 28th, 2012
11:46 pm

ryan snubbed and ignored…but thats ok keep ignoring him. i cant wait to see the look on this leagues eyes when matty busts this league wide open this season.


June 29th, 2012
2:02 am

When has it become embarrassing to make the playoffs every single season? There are franchises that would love that but MR2 is hated on for it…interesting.?!?!?!

Jim in Va

June 29th, 2012
8:36 am

And how much bonus money does he lose ? Oh wait not a frigging penny-nothing more than a popularity contest and not much moredifferent as the pro Bowl. IMO a waste of time but the talking heads like sapp have to have something to spew on about.


June 29th, 2012
10:08 am

Matt has had every advantage that 99% of young QB’s never have that’s why his stats have been so good. Almost all the offense around him has been a first or second round pick or a good free agent . That’ pampering is unheard of in any league.,not even Peyton had that early advantage . Arthur blank, the nfl and the media are masking this kids issues until theirs a new stadium deal . They will help throw anyone under the bus until that is completed . They want a new stadium desperately and it can’t get done with uncertain locker room issues . Don’t be fooled fans it’s just that simple ! Soon after that deal is done ,Matt will be cut and will be some other teams quality back up QB. Because that’s all he really is without the great talent around him , but he is a nice guy…….


June 30th, 2012
12:46 pm

Matt has some good and bad skills. Arm strength and (sometimes) accuracy are not his best but his intelligence is good. He hasn’t shown any athletic skills but that’s because of MM methods of coddling him. If Koetter uses him correctly we will see if he has what it takes.

old falc

July 2nd, 2012
12:48 pm

have to have a o/l to be great

Saints R.E.A.M.

July 3rd, 2012
8:38 am

Yep…..the players vote on playmakers. No one is in awe of any of his abilities. He’s kinda like a poor man’s Tony Romo…..shrivels under pressure & in big games.