2018 Falcons Year in Review: QB

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Now that the Falcons season is over we can look back and see how each player performed throughout the season by position group.

Before the season, season quarterback Matt Ryan signed a five-year, $150 million contract extension with $100 million guaranteed making him the highest paid quarterback in the league. At the time, needless to say, the pressure was on him to live up to it and he did just that. Ryan had one of his best season passing for nearly 5 thousand yards as he finished with 4924 yards. That was 3rd in the NFL behind Ben Roethlisberger (5129) and Parick Mahomes (5097). The 4924 yards was the the second highest of his career to 2016 when he was named the NFL MVP when had 4944. He also had 35 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions.This was Ryan second best year statistically and the Falcons offense finished as the 6th best in the NFL this year. Although, nearly putting up career highs across the  board, the team did not make the playoffs as they finished 7-9. Mainly due to injuries on the defense, running back Devonta Freeman, and the offensive line which caused Ryan to get sacked 42 times. That was the second behind the 2013 season when he was sacked 44 times.

I would give Matt Ryan an A for his season as he nearly had one of his best season statistically, but the Falcons still missed the playoffs as they could not overcome all the injuries.

Now we know Ryan and the Falcons will have new a offensive coordinator because the team has decided to move on from Steve Sarkisian, as he was fired one day after the season ended. The offense at times this season just seemed lost and was just inconsistent.

Dirk Koetter was brought back as the offensive coordinator for the Falcons as he was with the team (2012–2014). Mike Mularkey was also brought back as the TE coach. He also was with the Falcons as a offensive coordinator from (2008–2011). Matt Ryan has familiarity with both so the transition to a new offense should be smooth.

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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