If you listen to every NFL head coach and general manager, you’d believe there were 30 top-10 quarterbacks in the league.
This week, Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff is stumping for his signal-caller, Matt Ryan.
“In my mind, there is no question he is a top-10 quarterback in this league,” Dimitroff said Monday morning on “NFL AM.”
The NFL players would tend to disagree. There were 13 quarterbacks on the “NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2012,” voted by the players. Ryan didn’t make the cut.
Matty Ice has a 43-19 record in four seasons and has taken the brunt of the criticism for the Falcons’ postseason failures.
But to hear Dimitroff tell it, there is no doubt Ryan will make the leap this season.
“This is a team game. We all know that Matt’s his harshest critic and he’s always working on getting better,” Dimitroff said. “There is no one out there that works as hard as him or harder than he does, and I know the expectations are high in this building, they are high outside, they are high from the owner as well as myself and Mike Smith, and he is the kind of guy that is going to take that head on.”