The Union Recorder

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November 1, 2012

Atlanta's Ryan not interested in MVP discussions

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't like to discuss his accomplishments for more than a couple of minutes.

That's nothing unusual. Ryan never says too much when asked to consider his chance to become NFL MVP.

The same goes when approaching Ryan about whether Falcons can go undefeated in the regular season or if he's still concerned about his winless record in three playoff games.

It's difficult to get much emotion from Ryan other than the vibe he puts off that's intelligent, cool and polite.

Ryan ranks third in NFL passer rating and completion percentage and in touchdowns, but said there are just two statistical categories that have real meaning.

"From a quarterback standpoint, it's all about touchdowns and turnovers," he said on Wednesday. "Those kinds of things are ultimately the most important. So far, we've done a pretty good job of that this year."

Ryan has been called Matty Ice since he was teenager, earning the nickname by performing well under pressure at William Penn Charter School in the Philadelphia suburbs.

But the moniker likewise applies to his interviews with reporters. Nobody's going to crack Matty Ice Block.

Teammates say that he can be a wise guy when the public isn't watching, but that it's all business when he gets on the field.

Todd McClure, the Falcons' 14th-year center, said Ryan rarely berates a teammate for a missed assignment and never shows much emotion in the huddle.

"You never see him get rattled," McClure said. "He never changes." There's been a few times where he's gotten on some guys in some situations where we maybe got a penalty here and there, but for the most part he never changes. He's the same guy all of the time."

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