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Tom Brady has high praise for Matt Ryan: 'He doesn’t look like he needs advice from me'

Ryan Hannable
October 19, 2017 - 9:57 am

Tom Brady and Matt Ryan are two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

This week, Ryan said he has watched Brady's footwork to try and help his own game and on a conference call with the Atlanta media, Brady was asked what advice he would give to Ryan? 

Brady joked why would he give advice to the MVP of the league last year.

"Well, first, giving advice to Matt Ryan, he’s the MVP of the league last year," he said. "I mean, he doesn’t look like he needs advice from me. He’s doing pretty great. But, I would say in general, all quarterbacks are watching other quarterbacks. You’re always trying to learn and watch how other guys get rid of the ball, run the play action, ball handling. I mean, all those things are important. You can look at other players do it. You want to be more efficient. You want to keep growing as a player. You never want to get stale. I would say it’s constantly evolving and changing, and I’ve been lucky to be in it for a long time. I mean, Matt’s still kind of in the middle of his career. I just see him keep getting better and better."

With Brady being 40 years old and Ryan being 32, although they aren't in the same conference, they are very familiar with one another. 

"I have a lot of respect for Matt," Brady said. "I really like Matt. Seeing everything he’s accomplished is pretty amazing. He went to BC, so I saw him when he was here. We practiced against them and always watching him – I’ve seen a lot of him in the last few years. He had an incredible year last year, and I can’t say enough good things about him as a leader. He’s got great character and he’s a great player and he’s obviously great for that Falcons team."

Brady has lost two Super Bowls of his own, so he knows what Ryan felt all offseason.

"I mean those games, they live with you the rest of your life – the wins and the losses," Brady said. "I mean, I think there’s obviously 18 years for me. I mean, there’s probably some games early in my career in the middle of October that I don’t really remember that well, but I would say the Super Bowl ones you always remember pretty well. I mean, there was a lot on the line. You know, it’s just the reality of it. I mean, as players, you hope you’re in that position. You’d rather be in that game than not be in that game, win or lose. It’s great to win and it sucks to lose, but that’s playing sports."

The two will meet Sunday night at Gillette Stadium as the Falcons come in losers of two straight and the Patriots have won two straight.