Falcons: Ryan may have some limitations

Carolina's Richard Marshall (31) came down with Matt Ryan's high pass that was intended for Michael Jenkins in the fourth quarter. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer).

Carolina's Richard Marshall (31) came down with Matt Ryan's high pass that was intended for Michael Jenkins in the fourth quarter. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer).

ONE GAME FROM FIVEHUNDREDVILLE – The 28-19 loss to Carolina may be the low point for the Falcons under second-year head coach Mike Smith.

They have played hard in every game over the 26-game Smith era, but it may have been just the second time that they were defeated when they were favored. (You guys can look that one up, but I know they were favored to win on the road in Arizona for the playoff game last year.)

But the schedule doesn’t get any easier. They travel to rickety Giants Stadium for a showdown with Tom Coughlin and the G-men, who are 5-4 and have been stewing about it over their bye week.

When considering the Falcons schedule this season  — four games against teams coming off byes -– and the aftermath of the DeAngelo Hall incident, it doesn’t appear that the Falcons have many friends at the league office. The schedule is atrocious and how Hall got away without being fined is one of the great mysteries of our time. Hall did say he was going to give his “peeps” a call.

After rolling back down I-85 late last night, I had a little extra time to think about the five things we learned from the game.

1. The Falcons still don’t have a left cornerback. The Falcons knew that Tye Hill probably wasn’t the answer when they traded for him, but were likely hoping that by acquiring him and Brian Williams before the outset of the season, that the other corners would step up their games. Brent Grimes played much stronger, but his man was still open. It’s probably time to go ahead and include rookie Christopher Owens in the rotation at left cornerback. At least get him some spot duty.

2. Matt Ryan may have some limitations. One NFL quarterback coach told me and a few other friends at the NFL

Get you a Matt Ryan Fathead image for your fan room.

Get you a Matt Ryan Fathead image for your fan room.

Combine last spring that he wasn’t completely sold on Matt Ryan. Stunned and perplexed, we  asked why? The coach said that Falcons offense was so simple last year that teams would figure it out. He said with a 1,700-yard back, that all Ryan had to do last season was find the single safety and throw away from him. The Falcons knew this. That’s why they spent most of their offseason working on the passing attack and why they went out and got Tony Gonzalez. One other thing, the second knock on Ryan coming out of the draft was that he sailed passes to the left. Both of the interceptions were passes to the left on Sunday. The No. 1 knock was he threw too many interceptions, but that was blamed on the quality of the Boston College receivers. (Matt has a Fathead deal. You can get a life-sized image of Ryan in the Falcons’ throwback jersey at Fathead.com.)

3. Where in the heck is John Abraham? With teams knowing that at least one receiver (usually the one guarded by the left cornerback) is going to be open, they are running their “quick game” stuff against the Falcons. Slants and quick outs to get the ball out fast. Rarely did Jake Delhomme take a seven-step drop and drive the ball up-field. So Abraham and the rest of the defensive line don’t have enough time to get to the quarterback like they did in the first half against Washington when they had five sacks. But still Abraham only has 3.5 sacks. I’m inclined to concur with Jeff Schultz that the 16-plus sack Abraham from 2008 has been abducted by aliens.

4.  Long snapper might not be long for the roster spot. Had too much other stuff going on with Turner being hurt and Ryan’s picks and by the time I tried to find long snapper Bryan Pittman, punter Michael Koenen or kicker Jason Elam, they were on one of the buses. But clearly the timing was off on the 34-yard field goal kick and Elam wasn’t happy about it. But when you got four hours to drive you can come up with some theories. My neighbor George – a season ticket holder and Falcons road warrior – and I were wondering if the Falcons were trying to draw the Panthers offsides (they only needed an inch) and maybe somebody forgot to tell Elam? Maybe they weren’t supposed to kick it. Just line up try to draw them offsides and then if the Panthers didn’t jump, just take the penalty and kick it from 39 yards?

5. The Falcons can block kicks. A big special teams play got lost in the shuffle. Defensive end Chauncey Davis busted through to block a Panthers 51-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. The blocked field goal was the first for the Falcons since Nov. 30, 2008 at San Diego. Earlier this season, cornerback Brian Williams blocked a Carolina punt in Week Two. “Me, Jamaal (Anderson) and Babs (Jonathan Babineaux) had a great push and once we get those two steps we have to throw our hands up,” Davis said. “The ball was coming. We got a great push, got the guys knocked back and I got my hands up.”

Falcons will find out more about Michael Turner's ankle sprain today. If it's a high ankle sprain, he could miss a lot of action. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press).

The Falcons will find out more about Michael Turner's ankle sprain today. If it's a high ankle sprain, he could miss a lot of action. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press).

It had to be a long ride back to Flowery Branch for the Falcons. They kicked away a winnable game, running back Michael Turner might be out for awhile and their second-year quarterback has to find his magic for them to make a playoff run.

“It’s was real tough,” Davis said. “We had plenty of opportunities to take over the game. We just kept making mistakes.”

238 comments Add your comment

MR

November 16th, 2009
12:05 pm

that my friend was a sarcastic comment…answer the idiots on this blog who are downgrading Ryan….

tyger

November 16th, 2009
12:06 pm

Also, at 6′4 how do you not get 4th and 1 inch? The boy is scaaaared to mix it up. Where’s Shockley?

MR

November 16th, 2009
12:06 pm

EAAAASSY, most of these blogger are dawg fans. At least those that are negative.

MSS

November 16th, 2009
12:07 pm

Matt will be ok we lost a close game because of Elam i think we are still a great team and we have showed that we will be fine and why do all of the so called fans seem to hate Matt Ryan he will prove everyone wrong

Najeh Davenpoop

November 16th, 2009
12:16 pm

Matt Ryan has shown two crucial limitations this year — his accuracy drops off significantly on passes that have to travel over 20 yards in the air down the field, and he is incapable of making plays under pressure when plays break down. However, he is also fortunate to have a solid coaching staff, a creative offensive coordinator, a powerful running game, a solid offensive line, a Hall of Fame tight end, and a lot of freedom to operate and change plays within the offense. With a system like that in place, odds are that he will improve and be as successful as he was last year. I do think this is more than just a sophomore slump and the NFL has found a way to expose his flaws, but Falcons fans who are screaming doom and gloom need to chill. Matt Ryan is still a pretty good player, and more importantly he is in a terrific situation for a young quarterback.

All that said, however, I think it is time for Falcons fans to admit that, like I and many other people said at the time, picking Ryan #3 overall and paying him franchise player money was a mistake. Joe Flacco was picked 17 picks later, and at a fraction of the cost is outperforming Ryan in every way, shape, and form. I am not going to pretend that I predicted Flacco’s success, but I did advocate trading down, picking up extra draft picks, and bolstering the offensive and defensive lines. In hindsight, there is a good chance the Falcons could have traded down, drafted All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady, traded back up into the mid-teens to pick Flacco, and not only ended up with a better QB and OT but also possibly had an extra draft pick left over thanks to the trade down.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Ryan is a bust — like I said, he is still a good player in a good situation — but I am saying his current play and his potential don’t justify his draft position and his contract.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 16th, 2009
12:20 pm

Ryan will work hard to improve and he will. Vick never made that effort.

MR

November 16th, 2009
12:21 pm

Let’s go over the next steps for Mr. Blank and his Falcons (Sarcastic comment)
1. Fire the GM
2. Fire the HC
3. Bench the QB
4. Move the team.
5. All of the above.
Certainly we should be better than we are after 1.5 years of this inept management. Bring back Marion Campbell.

MR

November 16th, 2009
12:28 pm

Najeh Davenpoop, and Flacco would have done better with the Falcons. What a joke. I am not sure he is doing that much better this year. The Ravens defense has carried them and now it is not as strong and they are loosing. Matt Ryan was the best pick. He has shown that from day one. It will take more than 26 games to make him elite. In his first 26 games he has a 63% winning percentage.

MyBadd

November 16th, 2009
12:31 pm

I hear Micheal Vick may be available after the season!

Good Grief

November 16th, 2009
12:35 pm

My thoughts,
There are very few players that can overcome the limitations that a coach or coordinator put them in – those few players become great players. The first interception I could place on Matt Ryan – like most of his int’s this year it was a poorly thrown ball and a poor decision by throwing into double coverage. That last int I can’t fault on Matt. Just like in that Saints game I thought it was a bad play call to be throwing down field when we had a clear opportunity to run clock and score with little time left on the clock. We had the ball on pass the 50 with 3:59 on the clock, so I can’t understand that play call and we got what we deserved on that play with the bad play call.

As Dennis Green said, they are who we thought they are. The wins and losses are playing out just like I thought they would when I seen the schedule. Im not worried about Matt’s limitations – I thought aside from the last int that he had a decent second half.

My worries are now on the limitation of this offense which I thought going into the season would put up at least 4 touchdowns a game. The injuries are piling up now that Burner has gone down and we don’t have to many options left. Thought Snelling did well, but who else is there? Roddy White was a non-factor in yesterday’s game and he’s a guy that we lean on heavily. Where does this offense go now because that was what was going to lead us to the playoffs this year.

Mixxo

November 16th, 2009
12:38 pm

6-10…….at best.

Doug Roberson

November 16th, 2009
12:38 pm

look, those receivers were good enough to catch 31 touchdown passes for him at boston college. can’t have it both ways

Doug Roberson

November 16th, 2009
12:39 pm

sorry, dled, didn’t mean to hijack your blog. i’ll go back to tech now.

Steve C

November 16th, 2009
12:41 pm

Todd – Dacula and KarenJill = Matt “Choke” Ryan.

Ex wideout

November 16th, 2009
12:46 pm

Andrew

November 16th, 2009
11:24 am
At least Ryan shows up early and stays late to try and correct his problems. Vick was always the last one to show up on gameday and to practice, and the first one out the door. I could care less about the whole dog-fighting thing, I was praying that the trade rumors surrounding him BEFORE he got caught were true. Ryan will be fine–he’s only 24, he certainly has the talent, and unlike Vick he has the desire and determination (not to mention the guts to stay in the pocket).

Okay if this is so true about Ryan, then he definitely should be more poised and confident to win than last year. But Ryan doesn’t have the natural talent like Vick so no he won’t be fine until he gets better if he ever will. He’s the man, the new franchise QB, getting paid, so we expect for him to win like everyone did with Vick. Yeah there are other issues on team, but offense(including field goals) is mostly causing these losses which should have been wins.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 16th, 2009
12:46 pm

“Najeh Davenpoop, and Flacco would have done better with the Falcons. What a joke. I am not sure he is doing that much better this year. ”

Flacco plays in a tougher division and conference, doesn’t have even one top flight receiving threat (let alone two) and yet leads Ryan in every statistical category except wins, where they will be tied after the Ravens blow out the Browns tonight. More importantly, he has excelled on deep passes and in making plays under pressure this year, the two areas in which Ryan has struggled the most.

PantherFan

November 16th, 2009
12:47 pm

Possibly the Panthers are playing better football now than they were early in the year?
Since starting 0-3; they have finished 4-2 in the past 6 with one of the losses being to Buffalo (inwhich they almost tripled the Bills on total yardage) & the other to New Orleans.

Marcus

November 16th, 2009
12:48 pm

Lets ease up on the fair weather, .
I like Ryan, but like we all keep re-iterating, this is a process.
DOL, to respond perhaps to the other blog entry abut the Falcons issues, DB is an issue but unless someone comes out of the blue for the upcoming draft class, it doesn’t look to be stellar @ CB for us. Ton of top safeties coming out, which we already have.
Kentuckys Trevard Lindley may be top 20 and may be teh best one available so most likely we wont snag him.
‘bamas Javier Arenas has the skills but not the height. He is a shortie like C. Houston. and wont do us any good vs. bigger WRs. Same with the JR kid our of Cal (forget name). Both are 5′9″.
Maybe the kid from Clemson (Crezdon Butler?), but not real sure if he is rated as 1st round talent.
after that, who knows?

Native Atlantan

November 16th, 2009
12:51 pm

I am a little worried about Ryan, but not that much, though his down field accuracy is alarming. Could be me but the offense is simple and extremely boring lately. The defense is about what I expected. Elam has cost us two games this year and that is unexceptable. Really if we were 7-2 instead of 5-4 which we should be, this discussion wouldn’t be happening.That being said I think the Falcons are a 10-6 team. Only loses left Giants and the Eagles. The Saints aren’t stomping people in the ground and if Mularky was more creative in the red zone the force to Gonzalez that led to the INT wouldn’t have doomed us in the last meeting. Our bye came to soon and were getting everyone else after their byes. We will be okay, need to be more creative and Snelling is a beast. But we better get a kicker in here,

M Anthony

November 16th, 2009
12:51 pm

You folks need to stop with the MV stuff. The present day falcons are what the powers to be wanted as a team. And that is what Atlanta has. Maybe they can schedule a game against SW Dekalb HS or Tucker HS. They just might beat them. I assume most of the bloggers here today are doctors. Because I have never seem more excuses given for poor play.

E43

November 16th, 2009
12:58 pm

i dont think Atlanta writers believe in spreading around stories and titles. example, curtis lofton was in the top 10 of tacklers in the nfl. not just middle linebackers but all the linebackers as well as safeties corners and linemen. no one ever mentioned his name while he cracked the top ten but as of right now right here today, he leads the NFL with 90 tackles but has gone under the radar matt ryan has been the title whether or not he played well. meanwhile michael jenkins doesnt have a touchdown pass. You can make excuses for gonzales but we did have crumpler and he had many of his touchdown passes with vick. journalism is what splits the ATL coz you have the true believers and the ones that are mad to believe.

A D

November 16th, 2009
12:59 pm

BLANK NEEDS TO PULL SOME STRINGS TO GET VICK BACK BECAUSE THEY NEED HIM ALSO NEED DUNN .RYAN IS NOT THE ANSWER HE HAD A NICE YEAR LAST YEAR BUT 2009 IS A BUST . BLANK SHOULD HAVE JUST KEPT VICK AND LET HIM DO WHAT HE DOES BEST IS WIN CLOSE GAMES THAT IS TRUE GO GET VICK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Daddy

November 16th, 2009
1:01 pm

I think too much has been said based on emotion instead of fact. When you look at the facts it seems to me to point the finger where it really needs to go. The facts are we led in every important category except one, points scored. They are as follows:
AtL Car
First downs 22 19
Total Net Yards 400 380
Rushes-yards 29-176 34-185
Passing 224 195
Comp-Att-Int 22-41-2 15-24
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties Yards 4-26 5-48
Time of Possession 31:51 28:09

What that tells me is that we ran up and down the field but did not score. Our defense could not stop the Panthers run game. There was little to no pressure put on Jake Delhomme (neither team got a sack for different reasons.), and our play calling was awful. What is it with that little hitch pass where the receiver take two steps forward then steps back and catches a pass. The play took too long to develop, by the time the ball got there so was the defender and out of the 5 times I remember they ran that play it only got a few yards once.

Our coaching staff has got to come up with more strategic play calling. These guys are pros and they should be able to handle it if practiced properly. Also, we have got to get pressure on the quarterback. We see over and over again that when the quarterbacks don’t get pressured they can pick up a part. Someone said we need shut down corners in order to run those kinds of blitzes. I don’t think it can get in worse out there than it is now. Without the pressure the quarterbacks are standing back there and picking us a part. At least let’s give him something to worry about. When more people come, in different schemes than there are blockers, you have a chance to get to the quarterback.

Finally, I don’t know what is happening to Elam but someone needs to dedicate a lot of times to find out whether it is the snapper, holder or something in his stride that has gone sour. It is killing us. However, it would really be nice to come up with great plays where we didn’t need him.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 16th, 2009
1:03 pm

“Possibly the Panthers are playing better football now than they were early in the year?”

Co-sign. The Panthers finally realized that their best shot at winning is to keep the ball in their RBs’ hands and out of Delhomme’s hands as much as possible, and it is paying off. They are looking like a legit wild-card contender especially if the Falcons don’t get it turned around soon.

DawgDad

November 16th, 2009
1:07 pm

Wow, I can’t believe all the junk I’m reading here.

1. This was going to be a very tough season because of the schedule and the state of development of Ryan and the defense. No surprise, it’s been tough and will continue to be so.

2. When was is a crime to lose a tough road game to a divisional foe? Splits are commonplace.

3. With all the injuries and youth on defense the Falcons are lucky to be doing as well as they are.

4. On the first TD pass Hill got beat on a blatant push-off that wasn’t called. Later, he compounded the problems with the officiating with some very soft play and mercifully was pulled. He shows flashes of talent but he’s a pretty raw commodity right now.

5. The Falcons desperately need a back that can reliably catch and convert outlet passes.

6. We’re getting awfully thin at RB.

7. The left tackle got schooled a couple of times. Again, injuries are taking a toll.

8. Matt Ryan has not played as well as he needs to of late. That said, the team battled back and was in a position to win the game when he was picked off. See #1 above; this is on-the-job training in a combat zone. If Turner is in the game maybe they run the ball. Maybe they should have anyway. Maybe Ryan should have checked down. Fortunately, Ryan is a good student. Better days are ahead.

9. Winning in New York with the Giants coming off a bye week and Turner banged up is going to be VERY difficult. The offense will have to eat clock and score points or the game will be much like this past one.

10. See #1 above. 9-7 with this team and this schedule would be a VERY successful year, playoffs or no. Not meaning to throw in the towel on this season, realistically this team needs to bury the monkey, get healthy, sign a cornerback, draft with a bit more luck (injury-wise), and make a serious run through the playoffs next year.

Dawg Fan 74

November 16th, 2009
1:09 pm

Kingtut wants Michael Vick back????
What a joke. Vick belongs in prison….which is where he will be shortly.

Vampirella

November 16th, 2009
1:13 pm

The Falcons are a loser franchise, in a loser city, with a clueless owner. Blank-look was a lot funnier when he was harassing sexitarys at Home Depot. Merry xmas, “fans,” you’ll be spending it watching other teams get ready for the playoffs. Now, go ahead and start bragging: “WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL NEXT YEAR!!”

Vick Supporter

November 16th, 2009
1:21 pm

Man I’m so happy!! I knew I was right about Ryan. All of the things that I’ve said about HIS GAME is coming out now.

I’ve always said that he didn’t have a big arm (I coined him with the nickname Noodle Arm). His fans talk about poise and all this other stuff he supposedly has, yet if a defender gets within 2 yds of him, he starts dancing like a rabbit,lol. Say what you want about Vick, but this guy has natural instincts that just can’t be taught (on the field).

Ryan has no skills to rely on when things break down or he has no running game….Vick could always make plays.

Vick will always be Falcon football…whether you like it or not.

“Vick will shine again”

TURTSNAP

November 16th, 2009
1:25 pm

Vick Supporter showed up, time to end the Blog….

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 16th, 2009
1:26 pm

TOLD YOU….TOLD YOU…TOLD YOU….

“DUMP THE CHUMP”

The league was so “anti-Vick” that they tried to build up this JOKE. I knew this offense was so simple, with an All Pro Back, that even Joey Harrington could have won with it.

When you spend 5 years in college and your senior year you throw 22 picks and can’t win the freakin A.C.C. Title in 5 years – just how are you going to make it in the NFL.

The league hated Vick so much, that famed this CHOKE the next coming of Peyton Manning. Well we saw what Peyton did to the Patriots and we saw what Carolina did to the CHOKE – Stop the stupid comparisons. This guy belongs in college and Art Blank is pissed at Smitty, Dimitroff and the non paying anti Vick fans.

I guarantee you, Art will be phoning Philly in the off season and you can fill in the blanks on that conversation.

The “New Face” experiment failed BIG TIME :)

Like I said after draft day – the CHUMP is a bust and should have drafted Flacco.

Vick’s legacy cannot be duplicated, whether you like it or not. He put this sorry franchise on the map and now the CHOKE is burning the map and the Falcons are so far off the radar of winning a playoff game, it is a joke.

You can’t send a boy to do a man’s job – sorry guys :)

“DUMP THE CHUMP”

What's Important

November 16th, 2009
1:27 pm

D. Orlandlo Ledbetter, you may have some limitations. Two unnamed coaches say Matt Ryan’s not perfect, what quarterback is. How about giving the names of those coaches. Probably Schwartz and Rex Ryan.

Art Blank

November 16th, 2009
1:31 pm

I overpaid this guy even though I thought I learned something fron the Vick contract. I should have waited a couple of seasons to see results before giving out the big money.

Keith

November 16th, 2009
1:35 pm

I don’t know why everybody else can’t see what I do Matts Mechnic have changed looks to me like he has started to short arm his throws he his releaseing his balls to high. somebody get Murlarkey to work with hin on that! Last year he was almost pinpoint sharpe Please Pleaee somebody tell Smith

isproab

November 16th, 2009
1:36 pm

Ledbetter, pleas go watch some film and tell me how many nice throws Matt made last year and this to his left. He is in a slump, hopefully he gets out of it. Throwing to his left is not his kryptonite, if it was such a problem he would not be in the NFL. Lets not play the “I have the answer” game.

Phil

November 16th, 2009
1:38 pm

Seriously, you should stop with the Vick crap.. he was a very talented quarterback and he did give the Falcons many productive years and did give the team national attention (for good and then bad reasons). Point is he is gone, permanently, and will never return, whether you like it (and you don’t) so get over it, it has been over two years.. seriously let it go for God’s sake you people are pathetic.
Deal with what is.
Not with what happened.

The Dogfighter Returns

November 16th, 2009
1:38 pm

Why is everybody blaming the falcons beatdowns on a tough schedule? Last i checked there an NFL team too who plays NFL teams.I said it once and ill say it again,the sorry falcons is this team since 1966 that gets your hopes up for you to bragg on them then make you look stupid to who ever you where bragging on them to.Sorry team and definately sorry fans.
——-
you need to stop bragging about the falcons. problem solved.

George Holman

November 16th, 2009
1:42 pm

Without Turner this team will struggle to finish 8-8.

Brent S.

November 16th, 2009
1:43 pm

Reality Check!!!!!!!: 4-1 to start; 1-3 since. 5-4 right now. Only have 3 losses to give before we can kiss having back to back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history goodbye. If this 1-3 trend continues, we’ll be 6-7, with 3 games left to play. Considering we STILL have to play the Giants, Eagles and Saints, that will probably be the three losses to give right there (considering how we are playing now).
If Turner is out for any extended period, then that will be a detriment to the running game. I like Snelling, but he hasn’t played a whole game before, and good gosh, will Norwood EVER stay healthy??

Wow

November 16th, 2009
1:43 pm

FALCONS SORRY – either you were kidding and playing in to a stereo-type or you are really that stupid. SUPPER BOWL? EVERBODY? AIR RADE? Really. I stopped reading the blog once I read your post.

PK61

November 16th, 2009
1:47 pm

The real truth here is that: A: we’re a pretty good, not great team. B: Ryan’s a good talent, but not the next Manning. I’ve always thought that was WAY premature talk from a lot of so-called “experts”. C: Our secondary is below average. Not totally awful–but not very good, either. And D; We get knocked around up front by the better teams. We let terrible teams stay in games WAY too long (see Redskins).

And since there really are no absolute locks in the NFL, don’t just pencil in W’s in the 2 Tampa Bay games or the Buffalo game. This season can get away and turn into 7-9 real easily. We desperately need Norwood back.

Doug

November 16th, 2009
1:48 pm

Bingo! FalconFan. He can’t make Every Throw as publicized… a rollout…a scramble…scared to stay in the pocket to take a hit. Matt Ryan should have been fighting instead of his coach..Start Redman! You almost got me Blank! I’ll get a Michael Turner or Tony Gonzalez jersey!

Matt

November 16th, 2009
1:49 pm

Ryan is regressing big time! He can’t turn the ball over. The Panthers D had a beat on the Falcon’s offensive calls which CAN’T happen. Turner has been solid the passed 3 weeks, so Ryan has NO excuses because it hasn’t been all on him. This team needs MAJOR re-tooling on defense. I thought the offense would be consistently good, but Ryan and the O-line have disappointed. This franchise consistently disappoints. I’m trying to be patient with new leadership but the defensive side of the ball has too many holes, PERIOD. This season’s destiny will be clear after games vs Giants and Eagles. They have to win those games vs teams fighting for the same wild card spot the Falcons covet. Was last year’s team better?

Vick Supporter

November 16th, 2009
1:53 pm

The funny thing is, Vick will sign with another team this offseason and that team will progress and improve while the Falcons will regress,lol.

I told you people I was right about Ryan :)

I’ve always said that Ryan will be a good QB, but not great. I would take Vick over Ryan anyday.

Cal

November 16th, 2009
1:53 pm

Peyton Manning threw 2 INT’s yesterday. So what? Brady threw on a fourth and 2, yet he’s still going to the uber-bowl.

You can’t condemn a Q for interceptions. A shooter is supposed to rack up a few wounded ducks once in a while. Errant throws are part of the game plan that Mike Smith has built in to his idiot-proof path to the playoffs.

Ryan can get us to the playoffs. He’ll adjust. The Falcons are going to rally against the Giants and win next week.

Dr. Warren

November 16th, 2009
2:00 pm

Why is it our job to look it up? Aren’t journalists supposed to check their own facts?

Mike Maguire

November 16th, 2009
2:01 pm

Hopefully the Falcons have seen enough of Jamal Anderson this year that we won’t see him after this year. I think he and I have the same # of sacks year to date and I don’t count against the salary cap. There is nothing wrong with Ryan that a little coaching to go to the second or third option won’t cure.

Gatorzone

November 16th, 2009
2:02 pm

What do you guys expect? last year was unreal. Remember how bad 2007 was? This is a growing team and this is a process. Anyone thinking they were going to the Superbowl this year is nuts.
And all of you Vick supporters… If he is so good, why isn’t he even the #2 QB in Philly?
We NEVER had back to back winning seasons, even with your hero. At least we play hard and stay competitive even in loses. The team does not get embarrassed like they did in the past.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 16th, 2009
2:03 pm

vs Chicago 68 QB RATING…2 PICKS

vs Dallas 66 QB RATING…2 PICKS

vs Saints 46 QB RATING…3 PICKS

vs Redskins 81 QB RATING…1 PICK

vs Panthers 57 QB RATING…2 PICKS

“DUMP THE CHUMP”

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 16th, 2009
2:09 pm

Thanks Authority! edits made.

Doug Roberson, thanks for stopping by. BC receivers are not in the league, now.

AJC columnist Mark Bradley has a Turner update: “And now the other thing: The Falcons are acting as if they don’t believe Michael Turner will be out long. There has been no official prognosis announced, but they’re mindful he had a high ankle sprain earlier in his career and seemed to heal expeditiously.” http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2009/11/16/here-at-falcons-hq-thinking-about-running-backs/

Spoke to Elam, he’s taking the blame for the missed field goal. Punter Michael Koenen is going to be a future coach. He told me he had to look at the film before he knew was happened.

Rocketman

November 16th, 2009
2:38 pm

I just want to know one freaggin thing! Why so many passes on first and second downs? If you look at Ryan’s most recent games, he is throwing a high number of picks early in downs,both yesterday were first down ill advise calls by the Off. Coord. The Saints game a second down pick in the Redzone. This guy is still not ready to win games for you, ATL is leaving too many plays on the field, thus leaving points on the field.

ATL is not built to over come sub par QB play, they must improve the play calling for this kid, or they will continue to tumble downward.