Countdown to Training Camp: Day 2 — Quarterbacks

Pro Bowl Roddy White has been working underneath a lot. Do the Falcons need to send him deep more often? (Brian Williams/AP)

Pro Bowler Roddy White has been working underneath a lot. Do the Falcons need to send him deep more often? (Brian Williams/AP)

Birdland – Some of the players started to show up at the team’s facilities yesterday.

Most of the players are expected to arrive back in town at some point today. They have to report Thursday morning.

This is the ninth in a series 10  position-by-position looks at the Falcons  in the “COUNTDOWN TO TRAINING CAMP 2010.”

The players will hit the field for the first practice Friday.

We’ve already looked at the defensive line, linebackers, cornerbacks, safeties, offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and running backs.

The quarterbacks are up today.  Also, here’s the Sunday cover story on Ryan with some interesting comments from assistant head coach/quarterbacks Bill Musgrave.

THE REALLY BIG QUESTION: Can Matt Ryan make a big jump up the NFL quarterback ladder in his third season?

In 2009, Matt Ryan battled back from injury to guide the franchise to its first back-to-back winning seasons.

He played down the stretch with a specially fitted shoe to protect his

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agonizing turf toe injury.

If there were any remaining doubters in the locker room, he won them over with that display of toughness and guile.

While Ryan could improve his completion percentage and his touchdown-to-interception ratio, his bottom line stat is pretty impressive. He’s 20-10 in his first two seasons in the league.

Chris Redman was signed in free agency to serve again as Ryan’s backup. John Parker Wilson appears set as the No. 3 quarterback.

MATT RYAN’S

PASSING BREAKDOWN

FIRST DOWN PASSING

ATT   COMP   PCT    YDS   TD  INT SACK RATING

155     83   53.5   892   6    6   6    67.5

SECOND DOWN PASSING

ATT   COMP   PCT    YDS   TD  INT SACK RATING

147     93   63.3   970   5    5   6    79.5

THIRD DOWN PASSING

ATT   COMP   PCT    YDS   TD  INT SACK RATING

138    78    56.5   957   8    3   7    88.3

BLITZ SITUATION PASSING

ATT   COMP   PCT     YDS   TD  INT SACK RATING

157   94     59.9   1,238   8   5   6     88.5

SHOT GUN FORMATION PASSING

ATT   COMP   PCT     YDS   TD  INT SACK RATING

229    138   60.3   1,554  10   7   9     82.4

NON-SHOTGUN FORMATION PASSING

ATT COMP PCT   YARDS  TDS  INT   SACK RATING

222  125 56.3   1,362  12   7     10    79.4

COMPLETIONS OF 20 YARDS OR MORE

NO.    TD

31      8

2009 DROPPED PASSES

ATT 451

COMP 263

DROPS 19

CATCHABLE 282

POOR THROWS 72

PASSES DEFENSED 49

HIT AT LINE 5

INTENTIONAL  36

OTHER 7

FIVE GOALS FOR THE QUARTERBACKS

With his injured right foot in a padded brace Matt Ryan looks on as quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave confers with Chris Redman on the sidelines during 2nd half action against the Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

With his injured right foot in a padded brace Matt Ryan looks on as quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave confers with Chris Redman on the sidelines during 2nd half action against the Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

  1. Improve in the vertical passing game.
  2. Increase the total yards per game average of 340.4 (16th in the league)
  3. Get off to a better start on first downs.
  4. Continue to spread the ball around to the receiving corps.
  5. Execute the expanded no-huddle attack.

Here’s a look at the quarterbacks:

Matt Ryan: He completed 263 of 451 passes (58.3) for 2,916 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season.

Chris Redman: Played in five games last season and showed that he was a keeper in a gutsy performance against New Orleans.

John Parker Wilson: Will get a chance to show if he’s improved during the exhibition season.

Date, Practice Times (public availability)

Friday, July 30 — Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public).

Saturday, July 31 — Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public).

Sunday, August 1 — Practice 9:35 – 10:30 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:55 p.m. (open to the public).

Monday, August 2 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Tuesday, August 3 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Wednesday, August 4 — Practice 1:30 – 3:40 p.m. (open to the public).

Thursday, August 5 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Friday, August 6 — Practice 10:15 – 11:55 a.m. (open to the public)

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Team Scrimmage at North Gwinnett High School – 7:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 7 — Mock Game at Flowery Branch – 12:00 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 8 — No Practice.

Monday, August 9 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH JACKSONVILLE.

Tuesday, August 10 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH JACKSONVILLE.

Wednesday, August 11 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Thursday, August 12 — Practice 8:50 – 10:55 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. (closed to the public).

Friday, August 13 — Preseason Week 1 vs. Kansas City 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 14 –No Practice.

Sunday, August 15 — Practice 9:30 – 11:35 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public).

Monday, August 16 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Tuesday, August 17 — Practice 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH NEW ENGLAND.

Wednesday, August 18 — Practice 10:15 – 11:35 a.m. (closed to public).

Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.

Friday, August 20 — No Practice.

Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)

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93 comments Add your comment

SeenThisB4

July 28th, 2010
7:01 am

Every team has at least one bright spot on their team,currently Ryan is the falcant’s. Since I don’t have any derogatory comments about “Slushy”, I’ll just say: Go Steelers!!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!!

SeenThisB4

July 28th, 2010
7:02 am

Recking: 1 minute.

STB4 is OUT! Later.

IceFan

July 28th, 2010
7:03 am

Breakout year coming for Matty Ice. If they stay relatively injury-free the sky’s the limit

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 28th, 2010
7:33 am

SeenThisB4 — Don’t the Saints have a countdown. Where’s the doctor and payton flap at? Who’s replacing Fujita? Is Reggie Bush going to give the agents their money back?

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SeenThisB4

July 28th, 2010
7:40 am

DOL: Must be frustrating to outsiders how well the Saints handle their dirty laundry, huh?. LOL! I already posted on our countdown.

Seriouly, when you call in to WWL87, Do you really like talking to Deke & Hebert, or do you do it cuz you have to?

JD2

July 28th, 2010
7:52 am

Hey DLED they just reported that Jimmy Clausen and Devon McCourty has agree to there terms. How is the progress with Spoon.

Falcon 8211

July 28th, 2010
7:59 am

seen this b4 , go take some painkillers with payton. leave us alone. go falcons

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 28th, 2010
8:01 am

SeenThisB4 — I love Deke and Hebert!!! (Y’all need to tell Bobby that there’s no cheering in the press box!!!!) I don’t have to do their show and they don’t pay me. I do it for the love of the game and perhaps, they’ll buy me a beer at Lucy’s when I’m down there. My man Brian Allee-Walsh or Mike Tripplett will get to the bottom of pill gate.

JD2 — I had a message from Andy Simms (McCourty’s agent) this morning. Haven’t heard about Clausen. It’s 5 a.m. on West Coast and a message is waiting for David Dunn when he gets up. I’m hearing that Spoon will go down to the wire. Perhaps one of those early morning Friday deals just before practice. I’ll splash it across the front page when it goes down.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 28th, 2010
8:04 am

Oh well……Falcons blew it. Guess I will find another team to cheer for. I cant cheer for any team that refuses to improve themselves when the oppurtunity arises.

Good luck trying to make the play offs. More like, good luck not finishing 4 – 12.

Joes Steak palace

July 28th, 2010
8:07 am

Im concerned as well about this upcominmg season. Ryan is good, but who does he throw it to? Roddy?…Hes good. After that it drops way off.

SeenThisB4

July 28th, 2010
8:22 am

DOL: Hebert was cheering? And I thought he was calling for another cold one! I’ve lived here all my life, and I still barely understand a word he says! LOL! Have a good training camp DOL! You too falcants.

Here’s to both teams having a solid camp, with no season ending injuries! Salud!

i saw brent grimes

July 28th, 2010
8:22 am

omg. why do some of you guys even post with such negative jibberish? if you’re that down on the falcons, then don’t watch/listen/read about them. and for that matter don’t post on an online blog stuff that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever!

who does matt ryan throw to? you’ve got to be a moron not to know all the weapons he has, so i need not go through all the options now. why don’t ya’ll just stick to baseball and leave the real sports alone.

The Real Falcon

July 28th, 2010
8:32 am

Ryan goes down and we are in a world of hurt. I guess no one remembers how Redman played.
Gutsy is not the word I was thinking of.

RGO67

July 28th, 2010
8:34 am

Hey D-Led, It seems that SeenThisB4 is always “FEENING” for updates on the DIRTY BIRDS!!!
Sounds like someone has been drinking the “HATERADE” and is very concerned about the BIG TAKEOVER in the NFC SOUTH!!!

The Real Falcon

July 28th, 2010
8:35 am

I guess some people think their opinion is the only one that counts and they can tell others to go away.
Might want to google the definition of “blog.”

BKJ

July 28th, 2010
8:41 am

DOL – Are you going to put together a full article on your interview with Coach Smith yesterday?

The Falcon who wears Nikes

July 28th, 2010
8:59 am

IF YOU ARE NOT A FALCONS FAN THEN GET THE HELL OF OUR BLOG!! Everyday you clowns pollute the blog with your nonsense. If you are a Georgia native and dont like the team GO HURRY to the Bulldogs blog and whine about them there other wise let US REAL fans have this.
Matty Ice will continue to ascend to a great quaterback as long as our brain dead OC quit calling those same old predictable plays bootleg to the left run on the first 2 downs NO screens etc. I think if we had better more reliable 3rd and 4th downfield options those number of our number 2 would be completly better

Paddy

July 28th, 2010
9:00 am

Joe Tess we will miss you at the Falcon games. What new team will you root for now? We can again discuss this in Dec. TO has fooled yet another team. He is better than Spaceman Bill Lee at prolonging a career!

The Real Falcon

July 28th, 2010
9:03 am

Let’s see: Falcon Season Ticket Holder, Been to every Falcons home playoff game, Tailgater.
And not intimidated by bloggers from other teams or Atlanta fans who question moves by the team.
All other so-called fans need to loosen the wadded package

truth

July 28th, 2010
9:14 am

B.elieve
L.ove
O.r
G.o away There’s your definition REAL.

Thomas Dimitroff

July 28th, 2010
9:14 am

Joe Tess what did we blow? I’m sorry that we passed on Dez Bryant but it is already looking like the right move.

Joes Steak – Ryan has Roddy, Tony, Michael, Harry, Kerry, and Brian. Roddy is a true #1 WR, Jenkins had a down year do to Tony’s presence. He is more focused this offseason. Harry, Tony, and Kerry will be here to work the middle keeping defenses honest from trying to double Roddy or Tony

Don’t even have to mention the running backs do I?

Take Care,

Tom

Hamp

July 28th, 2010
9:25 am

I used to hate having other fans of different teams like seenthisb4 post on our blogs but sometimes he makes sense and the other thing is I am waiting to see if when we sweep them this year if he will be a man, stay around and give us our props! Bow down saints fans the prince has arrived.

PMC

July 28th, 2010
9:40 am

I think he’ll be 26 or 27 TD’s and 11 INT’s. It would be nice to keep it under 10 picks though.

Somewhere around 3500-3900 yards would be preferable.. Especially if we can get an 1100 or 1200 yard season out of Michael Turner.

NOLA

July 28th, 2010
9:47 am

bwah bawah bwah bwah.

My pinky toe hurts. OMG my pinky toe is going to slow my wheels. I can’t play with a bad toe. All my strength comes from my pinky toe.

Blame it on the pinkt toe. :)

BurningRedBleedingBlack

July 28th, 2010
9:52 am

This kid got what we need, Ryan is heading for a stellar season, lets hope he stay healty. Hes smart and he had a great arm, With the defense being were it needs to be, i think that will help out in tougher situation especially for ryan who was put in some tough spots. GO FALCONS!!!!!

NOLA

July 28th, 2010
9:53 am

.Hamp

July 28th, 2010
9:25 am
I used to hate having other fans of different teams like seenthisb4 post on our blogs but sometimes he makes sense and the other thing is I am waiting to see if when we sweep them this year if he will be a man, stay around and give us our props! Bow down saints fans the prince has arrived.
——
You mean sweep the dome right? typical delusional ‘con fan. how many times do I have to remind you jokers to show some respect to your daddy?

This is the NFL not a Christmas wishlist. Y’all ain’t sweeping nobody. Now, this is the last time we are going to have this conversation.
—–
Did you folks beat a team with a winning record last year? No. Everytime you had a chance to beat a winning team you choked. since you choked five times last year what makes you think all of a sudden you are going to come true when you personally know your history is one of utter failure in crunch time?

Dumb ‘con fans.

NOLA

July 28th, 2010
9:54 am

come through

Ken Strickland

July 28th, 2010
10:01 am

I took All Pro QB DBrees 4 yr to lead his team to a winning season and win the 20th gm of his career. MRyan, with a new coaching staff, front off and team, won 11gms in his 1st yr while it took Brees 3yrs to reach 11wins. If DBrees can become the All Pro QB he’s become with his rocky start as an NFL QB, think of what QB MRyan can become if he continue to build upon his record setting start.

In 08 we were all run and little pass, and last yr, due to key injuries, we were mostly pass and little run. This yr, we’ll have the experience and the TE needed to overcome the limited passing OFF we had in 08. We’ll also have the depth to overcome the injuries that set us back in 09. Offensively, both our rushing and passing OFF will be solid, and that is what will make us so dangerous.

Our DEF really came together down the stretch, especially our run DEF, will definitely be much improved in all areas. We’ll have 3 DT’s, TLewis, TJohnson & VWalker, coming off our bench who’ve proven they’re capable of being productive starters. We have DE KBierman, who as a rotational DE, demonstrated he’s a definite upgrade over JAnderson, especially as a pass rusher.

After a yr of experience of as starters in our DEF system, we can expect improvement from OLB’s SNicholas and MPeterson, as well as safeties EColeman and TDeCoud. With former starter CWire, a more experienced SAdkins, and the addition of versatile rookie OLB SWeatherspoon, we have far more talent and depth at OLB.

At CB, both COwens and BGrimes stepped up big time as starters down the stretch. The beauty is, they, along with BWilliams and CJackson, will be competing for just one starting position. That means the losers in that battle will provide excellent CB depth.

The AINTS are very fragile and QB dependent, which means they’re only a key injury or two away from collapsing. We proved last yr we can weather key injuries to our backfield and OL, and still remain competitive and win. Even with one of the NFL’s toughest schedules last yr, and a bunch of unfortunate key injuries, we definitely remained competitive, and lost 2 winnable gms by 3pts each, one in overtime.

The AINTS high powered OFF couldn’t blow last yrs Falcon DEF off the field either time, so how can anyone expect them to do any better with this yrs much improved Falcons DEF? After all, what have they done to improve their OFF, and they’ve definitely done nothing with that sorry 25th ranked DEF?

The Real Falcon

July 28th, 2010
10:06 am

Truth is like some Republican I know, not real, and no truth.

Keith

July 28th, 2010
10:09 am

Good blog, Mr. L. :)

It’s often in the 3rd year that is the breakthrough year in professional sports…maybe more emphasized in baseball but also noticed in the NFL as well. I’m hoping we take a HUGE step forward this year.

Matt Ryan is a subpar QB

July 28th, 2010
10:09 am

I’m sorry people, but Matt Ryan is not the man for the job. Ryan is playing with a Pro bowl WR, a Pro Bowl caliber RB, and arguably the best TE the NFL has ever had. However, his numbers were down. An average QB would probably take this team to the Super Bowl with the names we have on offense.

I mean when you consider how easy the NFL has made it for a decent QB to be great by rule changes. For example, look at all of the 4000 Yd passers last year. I’m afraid Matt Ryan is demonstrating he is nothing more than a subpar QB.

truth

July 28th, 2010
10:10 am

Come on aints fans, be as informative of your team as Ken is with the Falcons, He just proved were the Falcons are as a team this year……..how bout din aints?

Falcfan

July 28th, 2010
10:11 am

The Democrats can’t even define truth…if you don’t believe that just ask Nancy Pelosi, she’s not familiar with the term….

BTW, need recommendations on best hotels in Dallas for the Super Bowl, since that’s where the Falcs are heading

truth

July 28th, 2010
10:12 am

Yeah…..all the true experts must have it all wrong about Matt Ryan.

Birdword

July 28th, 2010
10:25 am

N= New
O= Oleans
L= Loses
A= Again

Get used to it. Again.

truth

July 28th, 2010
10:26 am

Good one Birdword.

Rise Up !

July 28th, 2010
10:27 am

OOhhhh–Hooo-Hoooo.
Rise Up !

The Real Falcon

July 28th, 2010
10:37 am

Falcfan-Ah a Nathan Deal fan. Corruption is in the nest today.

Can’t wait for Friday!

Dennis

July 28th, 2010
10:59 am

Hey NOLA – I bet you were one of the fat kids who never took gym class and have no way of knowing what a real injury is as opposed to the painful hangnails you had.

I saw Ryan in only one of his college games (he was a junior then) and the boy got his tail smashed all night long and still led the team to the win.

He’s tough enough and he’s smart enough. If he truly has the innate physical ability to be a premier QB, it’ll happen.
.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 28th, 2010
11:10 am

I wont cheer for another team. Instead, I will boo the Falcons every chance they get. I’ve been a fan for over 5 years now and this is how they reward me? Not signing the a WR that can take them to and win the superbowel? In fact, I may got to Flowery Branch on Saturday just to boo!

Boo the Falcons!!!

July 28th, 2010
11:17 am

Booooo!!!!!!

mountain_jim

July 28th, 2010
11:17 am

I still think how Ryan does in the downfield passing game will depend on whether he gets better Oline pass-blocking play this year than last.

Last year he rarely had time to even look downfield, much less wind up and throw it there.

Of course play-calling with more screens and such to neutralize the rush would help, but for some reason Mularkey is allergic to screen plays.Remembering our playoff game in 08, it is also important that no snap-count tells are being provided to the Dline pass-rushers.

Dennis

July 28th, 2010
11:31 am

JTFH – move to Cincy so you can cheer on your boy and don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.

I went to the first game the Falcons ever played and have stuck by them through the years which included a military career which made it hard for me to see many of their games. Thank God for DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket.

LJ

July 28th, 2010
11:39 am

@Matt Ryan is a subpar QB :

It’s funny how you criticize Ryan for playing with a Pro Bowl WR (White), but did you realize that White was not a Pro Bowl WR until Ryan became the QB?

@Tess, there have been 40+ super bowl championship teams, and you know one thing they all have in common? Not one of them had Terrell Owens on the roster. Now that he is on the Bengals, that trend will continue.

FalconsFan284

July 28th, 2010
12:00 pm

This may come as a shock to most people here, mainly because I am saying it, but Matt Ryan has not been as good a quarterback as he should be.
I think the biggest reason he and the O-line struggled passing the ball is because defenses were able to predict the snap count. If you go back, and watch the Giants game you’ll see their D-line was really firing off the ball. It’s a problem. If you become predictable then you can predict losing.
That being said, I believe Matt Ryan would be better in a pure no huddle offense. Making calls at the line and adjusting to what he sees defenses doing. I have been comparing Matt Ryan to Peyton Manning. It’s not a pie is the sky comparison either. If anything Matt Ryan has appeared to mirror Manning’s early years.
I do believe that Matt Ryan will eventually become the best quarterback in the NFC, and perhaps the NFL! He is incredibly poised, patient and strong willed. The one area you could really knock him on was his accuracy but he has spent the offseason looking to improve in that area. If he is also more willing to check down and hit some underneath routes then his completion percentage, yards per game and winning percentage will all increase.
Again, I believe Matt Ryan will officially arrive as an elite quartback this season. At least I hope he does.
Perhaps the best news, I’ve gotten all day, is that we won’t have to hear fish house whinning for TO anymore!

Hamp

July 28th, 2010
12:04 pm

@ NOLA-Yeah what Ken Srickland said. Take that!LOL

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 28th, 2010
12:16 pm

BKJ — Not sure about that. I did ask your questions. Jamaal is going to spend half of his time at DE and other half at DT. He dodged the undrafted rookie free agent question and starting talking about the competition at CB, DL and LB.

NOLA

July 28th, 2010
12:17 pm

the dude is so smart why did he not take a sack like peyton so he would not hurt his precious little toe. did he really think he was going to out run a tampa de? :) how silly of him.

keep telling yourself he is like peyton, if you say it several times you will eventually believe it. :)

if you say it he will become it = GA logic.

waynester

July 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

Wow! It’s still stunning to me that all of a sudden, we’ve got fans of our oldest NFC W/S opponent–who spent decades with ATL, SF and a handful of other hapless franchises under the cellar of the NFL acting like the’re the Packers or somebody with an actual tradition of winning pro football. The ‘Niners managed a run–but ATL & NO have only managed a handful of memorable seasons put together. I’m all for seeing that change continue throughout the 2000’s, but 1 great season doesn’t represent a trend.
Every NFL QB (even Manning) has a steep learning curve and that includes Brees & Ryan. These are the next few seasons that will tell us for sure what ATL has in Ryan, but indications are quite positive. Our #2 QB situation is dicey, just like most teams with a great starter. Trying to save $ at back-up QB means keeping experienced, journeyman guys like Redman employed even with his middling winning % as a starter.
Everyone is talking like Dimitroff is done trading. I don’t believe it. He always seems to be watching out for some last-minute veteran signees. Just because we didn’t jump after TO doesn’t mean that TD isn’t looking for a few key vets to shore up any shaky areas he sees in camp, including WR.