Alright, that's enough. Stop the fucking cap.
Let me begin by saying that Brock Purdy is a great quarterback and gets way too much hate. Yes, the team around him is outstanding, but he still has to go out there and put the football where it needs to be and he's done that extremely well this season. He's a good starting quarterback.
But I'm absolutely not going to sit here and let the Matt Ryan slander — which has been a thing for many years by both fans and the media — stoop to the level that we're saying Purdy is executing Kyle Shanahan's offense better than Ryan did, particularly in 2016 when Ryan produced one of the best seasons for any NFL quarterback in history.
First of all, there are the numbers. In 2016, Ryan completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a QBR of 79.9. And this year, Purdy completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 4,280 yards, 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a QBR of 72.8. So Purdy did quite literally nothing better, but maybe we need to look beyond the numbers for exactly how he's masterminding Shanahan's system better than an MVP and first ballot Hall of Famer.
Outside of Julio Jones, Ryan's best receivers in 2016 were Mohamed Sanu and Aldrick Robinson with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman in the backfield. And as you may be aware, Purdy's offense features a guy named Christian McCaffrey to go along with Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk. Someone please stop me when I get to the part where Purdy is doing more with less.
I just want the Matt Ryan slander to stop, man. I thought I was done fighting this battle when he left the Falcons and then retired but I guess we're just gonna have yahoos saying he never did anything even when he's inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — and the detraction ironically is in no small part because Shanahan lost his fucking mind in the Super Bowl and couldn't call a sensible play to save his life.
In this house we respect Matt Ryan.