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Matt Ryan never considered leaving Atlanta for a fresh start elsewhere

Falcons QB Matt Ryan joins Mike Florio to talk about dealing with teammate turnover, working with an offensive head coach, what drives him and more.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP and a passer who continues to position himself among the all-time greats when it comes to all major statistical categories, enters his fourteenth season in Atlanta. It’s a time of significant change.

The changes are so significant that, last year, owner Arthur Blank made it clear that Ryan would have a voice in whether he stays for 2021. Earlier this week, Ryan told me that he never considered leaving.

“It never crossed my mind,” Ryan said in a visit sponsored by Tide’s new #TurnToCold initiative. “I mean, I know that there’s been lots of that in the NFL right now. A lot of people, specifically at the quarterback position, moving in different directions. And everybody’s situation is unique. For me, I never wanted to do that. I love being here. I love being a part of this organization. Arthur Blank has been incredible to me, from the minute I was drafted. He’s incredible to my family. So I’m thankful for that opportunity. I love being in this city, living here. It’s home for my wife and I and our kids. And it’s a good place to live. And I want to stay here. I want to be here for a long time. For me, it never really was a part of my thinking.”

Ryan, who has a head coach with a offensive background for the first time in his fourteen-year career, won’t have Julio Jones. He will have Calvin Ridley and rookie tight end Kyle Pitts.

The Falcons have no real expectations for 2021. That often becomes a key ingredient for a team surprising the football world with a stellar season. They quietly continue to have one of the most important ingredients to being relevant -- a franchise quarterback.