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RKSteel
12-30-2008, 01:14 PM
NEW YORK (AP) Matt Ryan is more than the face of the sensational turnaround by the Atlanta Falcons. He also is the best member of a superb rookie crop, earning the Associated Press 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award Tuesday.
The quarterback from Boston College, selected third overall in April's draft, was a landslide winner in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Ryan became the third quarterback in five years to win the award; before that, no QB ever took the honor.

He joins Ben Roethlisberger (2004) and Vince Young (2006) as top rookie quarterbacks.

Ryan was chosen by Atlanta as the centerpiece of its rebuilding effort following a dismal 2007 that saw quarterback Michael Vick incarcerated for dogfighting and coach Bobby Petrino leave after 13 games for Arkansas. A starter almost from the first snap he took in preseason, Ryan was brilliant in leading the Falcons to the playoffs with an 11-5 mark a year after going 4-12.

"Obviously the big question was how well Matt would perform as a rookie quarterback," Falcons veteran linebacker Keith Brooking said. "We knew there'd be bumps in the road, but it's unbelievable what he's done in such a short period of time with the guys on our offense."

Ryan ranked 11th in passer rating at 87.7 and had 16 touchdowns to go with 11 interceptions. But it wasn't the numbers as much as his command of the huddle and his cool under pressure that impressed his teammates, opponents and the voters.

Ryan collected 44 votes, far in front of Titans running back Chris Johnson with three. Broncos tackle Ryan Clady had two and Bears running back Matt Forte got one.

The balloting doesn't indicate the outstanding depth of the rookie class on offense. Running backs Steve Slaton of Houston, Tim Hightower of Arizona, Ray Rice of Baltimore, Jonathan Stewart of Carolina, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice of Dallas, Peyton Hillis of Denver, Kevin Smith of Detroit and Jamaal Charles of Kansas City all were contributors. So were wide receivers Eddie Royal of Denver, DeSean Jackson of Philadelphia, Davone Bess of Miami and Donnie Avery of St. Louis.

Another rookie quarterback, Joe Flacco of Baltimore, helped lead his team into the playoffs.

Add in tight ends John Carlson of Seattle and Dustin Keller of the Jets and the strength of the first-year crop is impressive.

And Ryan was the cream.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football ... -roy_N.htm (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/falcons/2008-12-30-ryan-roy_N.htm)

Djfan
12-30-2008, 01:21 PM
These kinds of awards are what they are. There are about 10 guys who could have won it and be legit winners. Matt is one of them.

Congrats to him.

MeetJoeGreene
12-30-2008, 02:12 PM
I would have been surprised if he DIDN'T win it.

Not that the other's aren't deserving.

Steeler Mafia
12-30-2008, 02:16 PM
He really was the no brainer choice. Although Flacco has done a good job in Baltimore, Ryan didn't have the same type of supporting cast to work with. To do what he did with the Falcons, that in itself deserves ROY.

stlrz d
12-30-2008, 03:18 PM
No Joe Flaccid! Yes Sir!

Djfan
12-30-2008, 03:22 PM
He really was the no brainer choice. Although Flacco has done a good job in Baltimore, Ryan didn't have the same type of supporting cast to work with. To do what he did with the Falcons, that in itself deserves ROY.

I'm not trying to take anything from him. Congrats to him, really. These things just crack me up.

Iron Shiek
12-30-2008, 03:23 PM
Not even a vote...I bet that ravens board is all up in arms. "But he beat Ben by .3!!" :Binky

:moon :ratsuck

stlrz d
12-30-2008, 03:30 PM
Not even a vote...I bet that ravens board is all up in arms. "But he beat Ben by .3!!" :Binky

:moon :ratsuck

You rang? :lol:

http://talk.baltimoresun.com/showthread.php?t=178911

Iron Shiek
12-30-2008, 03:41 PM
That is hilarious!

They are mad not because Ryan won, but that he won by a landslide. So they just wanted Flacco to lose by less, but still lose. Idiots.

Then someone mentioned Flacco did it against better defenses...yup, playing the Browns and Bungles 4 times is much tougher than playing the Panthers and Bucs 4 times.

And all of them attribute ATL's success to Michael Turner. I didn't think the Ravens running game was that bad. And the Ravens have a waaaay better OLine than the patchwork quilt the Falcons put together this year...I don't want to hear it you idiots.

Here's to Flaccid pulling a DAnderson in 2009, you know it will happen. :Cheers

Djfan
12-30-2008, 03:43 PM
Here's to Flaccid pulling a DAnderson in 2009, you know it will happen. :Cheers

I agree. Look forward to that. It will hurt their pride when cincy does better than they do.

Steeler Shades
12-30-2008, 04:06 PM
Darn!!!! No love for Sweed. 8)

RuthlessBurgher
12-30-2008, 04:09 PM
Darn!!!! No love for Sweed. 8)

Or Patrick Bailey even. :shock: :wink:

Hardliner
12-30-2008, 05:34 PM
Who can argue this???? WHO???? This guy, with all due respect, has been the most impressive rook QB in my memory, including Ben. Why? Ryan walked into a train wreck of a team and made it happen with a new head coach, GM and the roster players.

He's a once in a generation QB and not only deserving of the ROTY award but should be in the conversation for MVP of the league in my not so humble opinion.

stlrz d
12-30-2008, 07:55 PM
That is hilarious!

They are mad not because Ryan won, but that he won by a landslide. So they just wanted Flacco to lose by less, but still lose. Idiots.

Then someone mentioned Flacco did it against better defenses...yup, playing the Browns and Bungles 4 times is much tougher than playing the Panthers and Bucs 4 times.

And all of them attribute ATL's success to Michael Turner. I didn't think the Ravens running game was that bad. And the Ravens have a waaaay better OLine than the patchwork quilt the Falcons put together this year...I don't want to hear it you idiots.

Here's to Flaccid pulling a DAnderson in 2009, you know it will happen. :Cheers

:lol:

Remember, Doug Gotlieb calls it "pulling a Browns". :P