Over the next 10 days, I will be writing about the top 10 most overrated offensive players in the NFL, beginning with number 10, and counting down to number one. Number 10 may not be a huge surprise, but after being called a top-five quarterback last season and being picked as a MVP candidate this season, Matt Ryan has lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 2-8 start. Although a huge majority of experts picked the Falcons to become the Super Bowl champions, they are sitting at the bottom of the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
What really sticks out to me about Ryan is the fact that Ryan threw 34 touchdown passes last season, now through ten games, he has only thrown 18. Through sixteen games last season, Ryan ran 34 times. This season through ten, he has only attempted running ten times. The risk and the "swag", per say, is almost completely gone in Ryan's game. Matty Ice is not a top-five quarterback, or anywhere near it last season. Before this season he was my number-six quarterback in the NFL, with the top six looking as listed below.
Obviously, Flacco and Ryan have moved down after Flacco's Super Bowl champion Ravens have jumped to a 4-6 start and Ryan's Falcons have no chance at the Playoffs anymore.
You could make the argument that Ryan has "no targets around him" and yes, that is true while receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones are injured. However, Harry Douglas has always been around and let's not forget one of, if not the best tight ends to ever play the game, Tony Gonzalez is there as well.
Although this may not come as a surprise, Matt Ryan is the 10th most overrated player on the offensive side of the ball in the NFL this season.