So naturally, Ryan felt good about the team's decision not to move Gonzalez before Tuesday's trade deadline. The Falcons said from the beginning they had no plans to part ways with Gonzalez, and the tight end said he would listen to a trade to a contender only if the Falcons approached him about it.
They didn't. And now Gonzalez will finish his career in Atlanta.
"I didn't really anticipate anything happening, so I don't know how to comment on something that didn't go down. I'm happy he's here," Ryan said of Gonzalez. "And I've been happy he's been here for five years. He's one of my favor teammates, all-time favorite guys to be around, and certainly one of the best players on our team."
General manager Thomas Dimitroff has gambled on draft day with blockbuster trades, like the one that landed Julio Jones in exchange for five draft picks. But Dimitroff is not in the business of making in-season trades.
In a conversation with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dimitroff explained his thought process in not trading Gonzalez or any other player before Tuesday's deadline.
"We are confident in our roster and our football team," Dimitroff told the newspaper. "We are all aware that we have not gotten the results that we want so far, but I believe in our coaches and players."
Ryan said the team, as a whole, lets the front office handle those types of decisions.
"I don't think anybody thinks about that or worries about that," Ryan said. "I think guys know that we've got enough to get it done in here, and we just haven't done that. We haven't played well. And that, as a player, I think is the only thing you can worry about."