Dec 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) drops back to pass in the first half against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Gonzalez: Matt Ryan is not an Elite Quarterback

Tony Gonzalez played his final game of his career and he sat down with ESPN The Magazine for an interview. During the interview, Gonzalez shared his thoughts on Matt Ryan and here is what he had to say:

“Matt’s an excellent quarterback,” Gonzalez said, “But he’s not elite. He’s this close.”

It might come as a shock, but what else can he say? He has to speak the truth.

Ryan has had some of the best weapons in the game with Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez. He hasn’t been able to lift the team to the expectations that have been set with those guys on offense. As soon as his receivers started going down with injuries last season, he struggled to win. He struggled to even keep his team close in games.

It is tough to be mentioned among the elite quarterbacks of the game. Ryan has a lot more work to accomplish in order to be mentioned with some of the greats.

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