ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the top signal caller for the franchise, and that should not come as a surprise.
NFL Nation reporter Vaughn McClure and fans voted between the top quarterbacks of the franchise and determined that Matty Ice was in a league of his own, followed by Michael Vick, Steve Bartkowski, Chris Chandler and Chris Miller.
After Ryan’s position, however, McClure gave his honest opinion at No. 2 between Vick and Bartkowski.
“Based on quarterback statistics, Bartkowski should be right behind Ryan with the second-most career passing yards (23,470) and passing touchdowns (154),” McClure said. “However, Vick gets the nod because the value and excitement level he brought to the franchise extended beyond his numbers.”
“Plus, Vick was the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a season.”
Ryan, in nine seasons with the Falcons, has earned four Pro Bowl selections, the most by any Falcons quarterback.
The 2016 NFL MVP also owns the top six passing-yard seasons in team history and led the NFL in total quarterback rating in 2016 at 83.3.
Beyond rushing for 1,000 yards in a season and serving as the NFL’s all-time rushing leader for quarterbacks, Vick is the second quarterback to have three straight seasons with 2,000 pass yards and 500 rushing yards.
Vick, along with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, made the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons in 2004 and 2005.
Bartkowski, the Falcons' first quarterback drafted first overall in 1975, started and led the Falcons to their first postseason victory, completed 67 percent of his passes and joined Dan Fouts as one of the first two quarterbacks to record consecutive 3,500-yard, 30-touchdown seasons in NFL history.
Chandler’s start in Super Bowl XXXIII is one of the biggest highlights of his time, as he was the first Falcons quarterback to start the Super Bowl.
Chandler earned Pro Bowl selections in 1997 and 1998, went 13-1 as a starter in 1998, a record that is still tied for the most wins in a season by a Falcons quarterback.
Miller earned a Pro Bowl selection in 1991, recorded an NFL-BEST 1.9 interception percentage in 1989 and sits with Jim Kelly, Dan Marino and Mark Rypien as quarterbacks who threw for 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in 1991.
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