Monday, July 2, 2012
Jaws' QB countdown: Matt Ryan is No. 11
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN is televising a 30-part Jaws' QB Countdown series where NFL analyst and noted film room guru Ron Jaworski examines each of the league’s veteran starting quarterbacks and Tim Tebow.
This past weekend, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo were unveiled as the 11th- and 10th-ranked NFL veteran starters respectively.
Here are some of the transcribed comments from Jaworski’s assessments:
“Number 11 on my quarterback big board is Matt Ryan. You know what I really appreciate about Ryan? He has improved in each of his four years as the Falcons starter. How about this, folks? He’s won 69 percent of his NFL starts. That’s pretty good!
“Ryan is a timing and rhythm passer. He hits his back foot, and the ball comes out. First down was the explosive play down for Ryan. He had 24 completions of 20 yards or more. That touchdown was Ryan at his best: play-action, gets his head around quickly, looks to (Atlanta Falcons wide receiver) Julio Jones on the post, sees the corner’s back turned and immediately knows he has (Atlanta Falcons wide receiver) Roddy White on the crosser.
“I also like Ryan’s natural feel for anticipating throws. This touchdown to Jones was a great snapshot. Right here, Ryan pulled the trigger. That, folks, is unbelievable anticipation.
“In 2011, Ryan was given more responsibility at the line of scrimmage. The ability to control the game before the snap is an increasingly-important attribute in today’s NFL."