Matty Ice got iced in the first game of the 2018 season.
The odds were in the Atlanta Falcons favor when facing off against a Philadelphia Eagles team without Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery. The Falcons had every opportunity to win the game, and they blew it.
Stop taking sacks!!! Has Matt Ryan never played before?— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) September 7, 2018
Ryan's passes were not on the money, as he couldn't hit his targets in the red zone. One resulted in an interception early on in the fourth quarter on an underthrown pass to Julio Jones. The second, as we all saw, came on the final play of the game, where he overthrew Jones on the exact same play they called in the playoffs last season.
Matt Ryan made some bad throws tonight in critical situations, especially the last play to Julio. The QB must keep the ball in play to give the WR a chance to make a play. Julio can make those spectacular catches but there was no chance of him making a play on that last throw.— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) September 7, 2018
How bad has the Ryan-to-Jones connection been recently? Well, in the last two seasons, Ryan has completed one pass out of 20 ATTEMPTS to Jones in the end zone.
Matt Ryan Red Zone Passing Thursday— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 7, 2018
0-3, Int targeting Julio Jones
Matt Ryan is 1-20 targeting Jones in the end zone the last 2 seasons including playoffs. pic.twitter.com/yOsqHvsi0D
Ryan looked like this generation's next great quarterback in 2016, which culminated with him winning the league MVP. Then offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left for the head coaching job in San Francisco, and Ryan has not been able to match the greatness we saw two years ago.
Just look at his last two seasons with and without Shanahan calling plays:
2016: 373-of-534, 4,944 yards, 38 TDs, 7 INTs, 117.1 passer rating
2017: 342-of-529, 4,095 yards, 20 TDs, 12 INTs, 91.4 passer rating
Look, there's still plenty of season left for Ryan to bounce back. But with the hefty sum invested in him, he's gotta step up, and fast.