The Indianapolis Colts acquired Matt Ryan to help lead the team to success, but should his past few seasons be a concern for Indy?
This offseason, the Indianapolis Colts moved on from Carson Wentz and acquired Matt Ryan via trade. Since Ryan arrived in Indy, optimism has been high. Everyone has raved about his leadership and throwing ability. After a disappointing finish for the Colts last season, Ryan is tabbed as the man to come and help Indy take things to the next level. However, Ryan hasn’t been to that next level, himself, in a while.
In 2016, Matt Ryan did win the league’s MVP award and led the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl appearance, but since then, things have not been so bright for Ryan-led teams. The Falcons returned to the playoffs a year later in 2017, but after that, Ryan and Atlanta didn’t have another winning season.
In Ryan’s last four seasons, the Falcons were 25-39. He wasn’t able to help Atlanta reach the success that many are expecting him to help the Colts reach. Should this concern Indianapolis? Cody Benjamin from CBS Sports doesn’t think so.
In a recent piece looking at the top 10 bounce-back candidates, Benjamin listed Matt Ryan as a player that’s primed for a resurgence. Considering Ryan’s new surrounding team, Benjamin is right to expect a more successful year from Ryan.
Matt Ryan is prepared for a bounce-back season
Although Atlanta wasn’t winning a lot in the last four seasons, it wasn’t solely because of Ryan, after all, football is a team game. Following the Falcons’ Super Bowl appearance, their team begin to fall apart and the roster got weaker year by year.
Now, Ryan joins one of the most talented rosters in all of football. He has the privilege of playing behind a solid offensive line and with one of the best running backs in football. On the other side of the ball, the Colts have an opportunistic defense that has the potential to be a top unit in the league.
With a quality defense and an elite run game, Ryan should be able to settle in nicely at the quarterback position and contribute to a winning franchise. He doesn’t have to come to Indianapolis and be the savior, but just a competent piece of a quality roster that has the potential to win a lot of games.
If Ryan can hold up his end of the bargain, and the Colts hold up theirs, Indianapolis and Matt Ryan should be able to reach levels of success that neither has experienced in recent years.