Matt Ryan ‘very interested’ in launching broadcasting career

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Though his post-Falcons career hasn’t gone ideally, Matt Ryan could still land on his feet shall he choose to step away from football. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Ryan is “very interested” in launching a broadcasting career.

Ryan is still under contract with the Colts for the 2023 season, but it’s been widely speculated that Indianapolis will part ways with the veteran quarterback. His $10 million roster bonus becomes guaranteed on March 17, so it’ll likely be decided before then.

It’s a shame how Ryan’s career has come to an end. Since the 2016 MVP campaign, it has been all downhill. His 2017 season was incredibly productive, but the Falcons came up short in the postseason, and Matt Ryan would never play another playoff game.

There were personnel mistakes from 2018 until the end of the Dan Quinn era. Arthur Blank continually forced the issue to remain competitive, and Thomas Dimitroff didn’t make the right decisions after receiving his marching orders.

Eventually, the Falcons moved on to Arthur Smith. The new regime gave it its best shot with Ryan at the helm, but he nor the roster had enough left to be legit contenders. Atlanta hung on too long and inevitably made the wrong decision. The Falcons would pursue Deshaun Watson with Matt Ryan still on the roster, forcing the greatest quarterback in franchise history into an uncomfortable spot.

We all know how things unfolded, and it was the Falcons who were caught with their pants around their ankles. It was another miscue of an organization that has become expected to make mistakes. The Colts also didn’t hold their end of the bargain with Matt Ryan; the offensive line went from one of the best to one of the worst, and the defense took a considerable step back. And leadership on the team wasn’t as solid as everyone initially perceived. Nobody could’ve won in that situation.

Thankfully, it seems Matt Ryan will still be around the game. Following the 2022 regular season, he spent time on CBS’ pregame show, where he looked like a natural. A career in the broadcasting booth isn’t easy; plenty of big names flamed out. Matt Ryan seems like he would do very well in that role, though. If this is the end for him, it couldn’t have gone worse, but we wish him the best of luck in the next phase of his life.

Photographer: Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire
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