Matt Ryan, a person who plays professional football, did a lot of good things against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. He threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns, completed 66 percent of his passes and led the Atlanta Falcons to a much-needed 45-32 victory to avoid dropping to 1-2. But in the midst of all that goodness, he also did something very, very bad: Matt Ryan attempted a block.
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To be fair, blocking is not a major part of a quaterback’s job description. But Ryan found himself out in front of running back Devonta Freeman when Freeman ran all the way back to the left sideline after catching a toss to the right, and the QB had an opportunity to block an enormous Saints defensive lineman. What happened? Ryan just straight up said, “Nope!”
It was Nick Fairley, the Saints’ 6-foot-4, 308-pound defensive end, who was chasing Freeman down. For a moment, it looked like Ryan would try to at least chip Fairley to impede his progress, but at the last minute, he realized he would end up as a human pancake, so he just sort of fell down trying to get out of the way.
It’s hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. At least Ryan knowns his physical limitations.