Statistically, Ryan was solid as he passed for 3,440 yards with a 61.1 completion percentage and 16 touchdowns. He matured into a leader on the team and played his way to rookie of the year honors.
Ten Questions For Matt Ryan
1. Growing up, as an aspiring NFL quarterback, who did you imitate or idolize and who would you say your playing style and talent is most like?
2. What was the biggest challenge for you in your rookie year as you transitioned from the college game to the professional level?
3. There has been a lot of talk about the two young quarterbacks Mathew Stafford and Mark Sanchez and the impact they will have in 2009. What advice would you give to them as they start to lead an NFL franchise?
4. As you experienced the gauntlet of an NFL season for the first time last year, was there a particular coach or teammate who mentored you and helped you acclimate to the system?
5. Last year you entered a great situation as a rookie quarterback because you had a solid offensive line, a Pro Bowl running back, and a Pro Bowl wide receiver. What piece of the offense was the biggest help to you?
6. One of the fears that fans in Atlanta have is that last year was a fluke and you will not be able to live up to expectations in 2009. What steps are being taken that will allow you to improve off of your early success and avoid the sophomore slump?
7. This year in the draft, the Falcons used their first six picks on the defensive side of the ball. What was your reaction to so much focus being on the defense and would you rather see more pieces added to the offense?
8. One of the biggest moves this offseason for the Falcons was the addition of Tony Gonzalez from Kansas City. How will he improve the team as a whole and what does he bring to the table that is an asset to your play?
9. As you look around the NFC South at the Panthers, Saints, and Bucs, which team to do you view as the biggest threat to the Falcons winning the division and which defense is the toughest opponent for you?
10. The Falcons this year have made it a goal to win the NFC South and advance in the playoffs. Aside from the team goals, what personal goals have you set for yourself in 2009 that you want to achieve?