Q&A: Falcons QB Matt Ryan returns to work

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan arrives at Flowery Branch on Tuesday. Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan arrives at Flowery Branch on Tuesday. Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was the first player to arrive at the team’s facilities on Tuesday. Here are some photos.–> CLICK HERE!

He was anxious to set down and chat with Bob Bratkowski, the team’s  new quarterbacks coach. Ryan and the rest of the players who were allowed to report streamed through the gates in their nice cars before 10 a.m. this morning.

Later  in the day, Ryan came out and spoke with the media. Here’s what he had to say about Bratkowski, his union reps Tyson Clabo and Coy Wire and first-round draft pick wide receiver Julio Jones.  

OPENING STATEMENT: It feels good to back.

Matt Ryan at the podium. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Matt Ryan at the podium. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Q: What have you all been doing today? Physicals? Meetings?

 

A:  That’s going to be the biggest thing, getting the physical and such done over the next couple of days before we start practice. I think everybody is excited to finally get back to work and all of this stuff is behind us at this point. We can focus on what it is that we like to focus on and that’s playing football and trying to play at a high level.

Q:  Can you talk about the job that your player reps, Tyson Clabo and Coy Wire, did during the lockout.

A: Tyson and Coy Wire did a great job. They kept us well informed the entire time. As new things came about and especially in the last two weeks as things kind of changed. I appreciate their hard work. I know that all of the guys do. 

Q: Did you plan to be the first guy at practice? Was it a leadership kind of thing?

A: I didn’t.  .  .I was very excited to get up here. We put in a lot of hard work this offseason as players. I know that the coaches put in a lot of hard work this offseason as well. I just wanted the opportunity to kind of talk to them about some things. It wasn’t intentional or anything. I was just kind of like a kid on Christmas morning. I was excited to get up here.

Q: Have you had a chance to see your new position coach Bob Bratkowski?

A: Yes, that was obviously one of the things I was excited about. When you lose a coach like Bill Musgrave, it’s great for him the opportunity that he has. He’ll do a great job in Minnesota. I felt like I learned a ton from him. He’s really part of the reason why we’ve been successful the last couple of years and he’s certainly helped me ton. But I’m excited to learn from Bob. I got to see Carson Palmer in Lake Tahoe about 10 days ago and talked to him for awhile. He had played under Bob for the last eight years in Cincinnati. He had nothing but really great things and positives things to say about Bob. I’ve had the opportunity to see him and talk to him. I had talked to him before the lockout started. We’d hired him before the lockout started. I was excited to get back and finally say hello to him again. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun working with somebody new and trying to learn from him. His wealth of experience will definitely help us.

Q: When will you and Bob start working in earnest?

A:  I suppose on Thursday. That’s when we can really get going. As soon as we are allowed to meet we’ll get going.

Q: Are you allowed to watch film yet?

A: As far as I was concerned I thought we were allowed to watch film during the lockout. Just not here. So really the only thing that changed for me this season is where we did our work and that you weren’t able to speak with your coaches. Other than that, my preparation was exactly the same with some changes here and there because you change every offseason. . .I watched a lot of film and studied things that I need to improve on. I have a clear set of goals going into camp and things that I want to work on.

Q: Are you looking forward to working with wide receiver Julio Jones?

A: Absolutely! It says a lot about Julio to kind of take it upon himself this offseason to get here. He was not under contract and it was clearly with no mandatory reason for him to be in the city and working out with us. He’s excited about the opportunity. You guys saw him out there working hard every day. He’s dedicated. He’s a smart guy. He’s picked up things very well. It’s going to be great to have the opportunity to work with him 24 hours a day in the next five, six or seven weeks, whenever we start the regular season. At this point, hopefully he can get his contract done. That is always something that needs to get done when you are rookie. Hopefully, he can take care of that with his agent and our front office. Once that’s done, I’ll be excited to work with him.

 Q: What’s your take on the new practice rules?

A: I think it’s good for the wear and tear on the body. From a player safety standpoint, it was something that is very important to the NFLPA. I think that’s positive. I think Coach Smith will have us ready, regardless of what the practice schedule is. . .Under the new rules, he’ll have us ready to play.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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58 comments Add your comment

Mark Hooper

July 26th, 2011
2:45 pm

Dare I say it. First???

Good article D. Led. Keep it up.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 26th, 2011
2:50 pm

Thank You Mark!!! Guess, I’m second!

Rikus

July 26th, 2011
2:51 pm

I am very excite!

Marcus

July 26th, 2011
2:54 pm

Nice. M. Ryan, married and all .. being Falcon No. 1 to show up. Now get Julio and new undrafted FA Phillip Sylvester the daggum ball!!! Roddy, Gonzo, and Burner will get theirs!!

Marcus

July 26th, 2011
2:57 pm

just flipped through the 5 or so photos of players coming back …….. is a black-painted vehicle the standard issue @ Flowery Branch?!?!?

Ronnie Reagan

July 26th, 2011
2:58 pm

D Led, Great article as usual. Your tweet on the players signing union cards has me wondering, do the players HAVE to be union members or can they choose to join or not?

Thanks for the info and keep up the great work.

seattle falcons fan

July 26th, 2011
3:00 pm

Any word on when we can expect Quizz to show up?

ToccoaBird

July 26th, 2011
3:00 pm

Isn’t it great to have a leader on our team like Matty Ice.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 26th, 2011
3:07 pm

Ronnie Reagan — Good question. I think they have to join.

seattle falcons fan — He has to sign his contract.

Brian

July 26th, 2011
3:22 pm

D-Led – I have the same question. My guess is: Georgia being an “work-at-will” state, I would say the choice would be the player’s. Be that as it may, groupthink can be an awfully powerful influence. I’d place my money that NFLPA player participation is near 100%.

ToccoaBird

July 26th, 2011
3:24 pm

Joe Hawley looks like Grizzly Adams

Greg Moundine

July 26th, 2011
3:25 pm

Falcontastic!!!!!!

ATL_98

July 26th, 2011
3:33 pm

lets go falcons. cant wait for all of the signings to be done so we know what we’re working with

Thorpe

July 26th, 2011
3:37 pm

Avoid the Noid.

Bring Back the Thrashers.

Bomb Canada.

Stevie B

July 26th, 2011
3:57 pm

Sure am glad we have some football to talk about now. The stories were getting a little scarce. I am so ready for the season. Should be a great couple of weeks getting things kicked off. DOL is going to be busy.

torgo

July 26th, 2011
3:59 pm

D-Led… the official Falcons team web site doesn’t have tight end prospect Marquez Branson listed on the roster. Is this just a flub (the site was full of them last year) or have they released him?

ScoutDawg

July 26th, 2011
4:09 pm

Damn, that is LEADERSHIP, first one in the nest after the lockout. With some help on defense this team can do some damage.

mitch (the one in Rome)

July 26th, 2011
4:21 pm

It’s so good to come to the sports section and read information about football and not labor issues. Great to see pictures. I’m jacked about getting my 3 boys over for training camp. Next stop, Super Bowl.

Sam

July 26th, 2011
4:21 pm

D-Led, Do you have the transcripts for the other players that spoke to the media?

Sid

July 26th, 2011
4:22 pm

So what are the new practice rules?

dirty bird for life

July 26th, 2011
4:26 pm

It is great to have football back…I was not looking forward to Sunday dinners at the In-Laws without some football to watch.

Is it just me or is Matt Ryan like a 65 year old white guy? He was driving an Audi A8 and I know he has an Audi R8 as I was there when he bought it. This guy has no flash and I am kinda glad he is our old white guy! Quite a change from the past.

go birds.

JEM

July 26th, 2011
4:27 pm

Thanks for the great article, D. Keep’em coming!

hiramsaint

July 26th, 2011
4:43 pm

returns to work?????? is wal-mart short a greeter?

Hollywould

July 26th, 2011
4:52 pm

Hurry up and apply Hiram or see what u can do with your 31 unrestricted free agents.

Remarkable

July 26th, 2011
5:00 pm

Lets go get a Defensive End and start to work. Hope we can get someone without giving up the farm. Sign that OL quick and those rookies.

hiramsaint

July 26th, 2011
5:07 pm

you should see what we’ve already done and the # is much lower. we’re outpacing the failcans in every aspect of the season already. anyway , 4 consecutive winning seasons in a row will be reason to celebrate won’t it? heres to 9-7 for the ‘cons

FalconsFan284

July 26th, 2011
5:22 pm

hiram—–You are outpacing the Falcons in the number of players your team has to sign. 26 restricted or unresitricted free agents which includes most of your starting O-line. Yeah, I’m sure it will be a great season in the big sleazy! You’ll get to see your team finish third in the division and you’ll get to watch the Falcons in the playoffs. If this was a race on how to dismantle a ball club then the Taints are well in the lead!!!!!

hbcuclassics

July 26th, 2011
5:32 pm

NFL Draft Rd. 8

Chris Adingupu – Prairie View – Vikings
Dejuan Fulghum – Tx Southern – Lions
Ray Webber – UAPB – Buccaneers
David Mims – Virginia Union – Chiefs
Brandon Peguese – Hampton – Eagles
Ibrahim Abdulai – UAPB – Giants
Dionte Dinkins – FVSU – Rams
Quinton Spears – Prairie View – Dolphins
Anquez Jackson – UAPB – Titans
Arthur Thomas – UAPB – Rams

http://www.hbcuclassics.com

ueeediot

July 26th, 2011
5:33 pm

Hiram, I know that education and math and such are not the hallmarks of any aints fan. But you really should be able to count to 9.
8-8 does not count as a winning season.

Of course, how can we blame you for supporting a team and owner who cannot wait for the chance to dump your garbage hole of a city and bolt to glorious San Antonio…

ueeediot

July 26th, 2011
5:35 pm

Everyone in the NFC South better wake up to the Bucs….great core of a team… quality QB (who the Falcons owe a shot in the mouth, #55 remembers…) and they have over 50 million to spend in free agency.

hbcuclassics

July 26th, 2011
5:53 pm

NFL Draft Rd. 8, cont.

Arthur Thomas – UAPB – Rams
Sidney Tarver – TNSt – Browns
Andre Carroll – Del St – Browns
Michael Ricks – Stillman – Cowboys
Ricardo Silva – Hampton – Lions
Ricardo Lockette – FVSU – Seahawks
Joe Hills – TN St – Titans
Jordan Miller – SU – Chicago

http://www.hbcuclassics.com

Paddy

July 26th, 2011
5:56 pm

ueeediot…….you may be right. Buc’s owners must now spend money. But somehow they seem to be like our previous owners, the Smith’s. They will find a way to mess it up. Good ownership is the key. That god we have Mr. Blank.

Paddy

July 26th, 2011
5:59 pm

hbcuclassics………I am missing something. What do your last 2 posts mean?

FalconFan

July 26th, 2011
6:16 pm

Let’s not get embarrassed on our home turf again in the playoffs this
year..If you can’t hang, get out the kitchen..

SeenThisB4

July 26th, 2011
6:39 pm

Ueeidiot: Benson had a chance to move the Saints out of New Orleans and then changed his mind and signed a contract with the state that commits him to New Orleans through 2025. On the other hand, Fatlanta just lost one pro sports team a few weeks ago,….to Canada of all places. Now, can you say: Los Angeles falcan’ts?

Go Away Saints

July 26th, 2011
7:33 pm

Um, the clown above is trying to compare a hockey team to a football team. For God’s sake get these poor swamp runners a blog of their own….holy hell…

re seen the b 4

July 26th, 2011
7:41 pm

How many teams does New Orleans have? You are about to lose your basketball team. If anyone would take them they would be gone. Much like your police force during Katrina…..everyone leaves your city. Brees will be gone too.

Falcon Fan

July 26th, 2011
7:48 pm

Charles Johnson just resigned with the Panthers……Wonder what we are going to do…

Falcon James

July 26th, 2011
7:54 pm

dont encourange the lowley saint fan. all he do is antagonize everybody here. he just like a buc fan. he got nothin better to do except harrass. if he didnt know his team so sorry he wounldnt be here. what make it worse is that the saint and the buc fan is what make they team so sorry. they owner don’t have nobody to try to impress and they newspaper not worth reading. bunch of no good low lifes is what i think.

Falcon James

July 26th, 2011
7:57 pm

one more thing, saint fan dont know how to read and write either. they just like buc fan.

Bobby Petrino

July 26th, 2011
8:12 pm

I think the Falcons would welcome the Packers back. I will bet the outcome would not be the same.

SeenThisB4

July 26th, 2011
8:45 pm

@Falcon Fan: The falcan’ts are going to do the same thing they’ve always done: Get beat!

@Strickland: Edwards, gone. Johnson, gone. And free agency hasn’t even officially started! LOL!

Mike

July 26th, 2011
9:00 pm

Any word on Noel Devine?

Mike

July 26th, 2011
9:01 pm

I thought he was suppose to sign with Atlanta.

hiramsaint

July 26th, 2011
9:04 pm

oooooooooooh- i see the failcans have been reading about who the saints have been signing and sure enough- jealousy is rearing it’s ugly head. common sense would tell smitty and dimitty to watch the replay of the packers game yet since there is none- your D is still being overlooked. i was conceding 9-7 to the ‘cons but with all this new info , i say 7-9 and remember the glory days of ‘08 ‘09 and ‘10

Hawk n the Ham

July 26th, 2011
9:53 pm

Noel Devine signed with the Eagles.

eM

July 26th, 2011
10:59 pm

Wow!! One of the biggest weeks in the NFL and the SH*T 4 BRAINS aints fans are on our board. It’s like all the men are talking and all of a sudden a loud mouth, nagging woman(aints fans) shows up and gets on everyoines nerves. D-Led please do us a favor a block these punks, it’s ridiculas.

HeardThisB4

July 26th, 2011
11:30 pm

@hiramsaint – Did the Aints sign anybody that can tackle Marshawn Lynch?

DR. FALCON

July 27th, 2011
12:10 am

TO: HIRAMSAINT & SEENTHISB4, DON’T BE SURPRISED IF THE TAMPA BAY BUCS SURPASS THE ‘AINTS FOR 2ND PLACE IN THE DIVISION! DREW BREES WILL LEAD THE DIVISION IN INT’S AGAIN! MARK THAT DOWN! IF THE SAINTS WEBSITE WAS ALL THAT EXCITING, WHY ARE YOU CONSTANTLY INTRUDING FALCON NATION? YOU WANT TO BE WITH A TRUE WINNER, DON’T YOU? FALCONS WILL SWEEP THE ‘AINTS! GUARANTEE IT!!!!

DR. FALCON

July 27th, 2011
12:12 am

WITH THE ADDITION OF JULIO JONES, MATT RYAN WILL SHATTER STEVE BARTKOWSKI’S SINGLE SEASON RECORDS FOR YARDS, AND TD’S ( 3,830YDS IN 1981, AND 31TD’S IN 1980). LOOK IT UP!!!