Video: Q&A with Matt Ryan as Falcons open training camp



Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons opened training camp on Thursday. Which stories should fans keep an eye on? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports from Falcons camp.

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spoke with the media after Thursday’s opening practice. The Atlanta Journa-Constitution columnist Jeff Schultz checked in with Ryan also.

Here are some of the highlights:

ON NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR DIRK KOETTER: He has been really good. He has been very upbeat and positive. I think everybody is impressed with how smart he is and how receptive he is to our input, too. He understands we have done some things well around here. He wants to take that into account and also find areas where we can improve. It has been really fun working with him through OTAs. I am sure everyone will get to know him better during training camp.ON THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP: I thought it was a good start for us. I thought the defense was flying around and did some good things. Offensively, I thought we knocked some of the rust off after being off for a couple of weeks. Once we knocked the rust off, I thought we executed pretty well. It was just the start. We need to build on that tomorrow. We need to have that approach day in and day out. We need to get better every day.

ON IF THE FALCONS CAN TAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE NFL: I always think we can. I think we have the right chemistry of guys. I think we have the right core group of guys that understand how to approach practice and meetings every day. I think the thing we need to concern ourselves with right now is how can we lock in every time we go into the meetings. How do we come out and be productive and get better every day on the practice field? I think if we can be better at that this year, that will prove dividends for us.

MORE ON HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH KOETTER: Absolutely, we have done that a little bit before. We have watched some of what Jacksonville did while he was there. We also have talked about what things well call in certain situations. That has helped us both and will a lot more in the preseason.

ON WINNING NOW BECAUSE SOME OF THE STARS ARE GETTING OLDER: I think that you always have to have that approach. The NFL is a tough and difficult League, and you have to have the approach that now is the time. If you come in any different way, then you are not giving yourself a chance.

ON PLAYING MORE IN EXHIBITION GAMES: You have to ask Smitty (Head Coach Mike Smith). Those decisions are way above my pay grade. I think Smitty does a great job and has in the past with that. He keeps a good pulse on our guys and what it takes to get us ready. He will do what he needs us to do and we will follow suit and handle it the way we need to.

ON HIS OFFSEASON PROGRAM: I think that when you look at this season and the years before that, I have not been where I need to be. I do not think I have been as good as I needed to be. I don’t know any other way to improve than to work harder and to try to find ways to get better. I think that is something all of us have done. I think all of us have taken a look at ourselves and tried to find ways to improve. That is my sole intention for it. Story: Aftr a physical season, Ryan hitting the weights hard.

ON LISTENING TO THE VETERANS:You learn from guys like TE Tony Gonzalez, DE John Abraham, and C Todd McClure, guys that have been around and successful for a long time. You have to take care of yourself. You have to know when to push yourself. There are times when you need to go out there and push yourself and there are times when you need to take care of your body. I think the biggest thing I learned from those guys is the amount of effort it takes after you get off the practice field to go out and play the next day. I have taken those to heart and tried to improve in those areas.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Lenox Square

July 27th, 2012
7:05 am

Michael M.

July 27th, 2012
7:15 am

” I do not think I have been as good as I needed to be. “. quoted from Matt Ryan above………………..then take it to the next level Matt, win a playoff game and make a run toward those Super Bowl Rings !

Esquire

July 27th, 2012
7:16 am

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Esquire

July 27th, 2012
7:45 am

DLed: “Mike Peterson was running around, blocking down passes and so forth.” Were you wearing shorts with that coat and tie?

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SeenThisB4

July 27th, 2012
9:50 am

@NFCHAPSLIVEINGA: The question is, How can MR2 be rusty in shorts and no pads? Was the helmet too much of a burden?

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PMC

July 27th, 2012
11:37 am

Dear MR2, it’s ok to be angry sometimes. It’s ok, to let people in the public know that you are upset about something or even hacked off.

Thanks,

P

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 27th, 2012
11:41 am

TROLL FREE ZONE — DELETE, delete, delete. . . . .

PMC

July 27th, 2012
11:42 am

Um, Snelling is a much more well rounded back than Turner in terms of skills. Snelling has already proven his competency in the league. Quizz has a ways to go.

I’m mostly concerned about that Right Guard position because the stats show that MR2 knows what he’s doing. He’s got to be better in a dirty pocket, but if the pressure isn’t completely in his face, this team can perform well and efficiently. I think the interior of the OL is going to be the most critical part to watch for in training camp.

PMC

July 27th, 2012
11:45 am

One further comment Matt. You’re not allowed to use the phrase “above my pay grade” You could say, the decision is above my level, but it’s darn sure not above your pay grade sir.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 27th, 2012
11:50 am

Esquire — Yes!!!

NFCCHAMPSLIVEINGA

July 27th, 2012
12:01 pm

@SeenthisB4, Whether or not you agree or disagree, that’s your choice. I was giving you my reason for the rust, nothing more. Moving forward, I see JS44 & JR32 running the screen game moreso than MT33 as for the running core goes, however, the Falcons screen game will not be limited to just RBs. Our WRs are the strength of this team Offensively. I believe using 3 to 4 WR sets will begin to spread Defenses. More slants, out routes & WR screens will benefit to the strength of this Falcon offense. RW84, JJ11, & HD83 are all like 4.4 guys. KM80 (4th WR) has great hands along with TG88. Atlanta’s Offense, if used properly can put up points quickly as well as ground and pound to slow the game down if need to. A potent offense in the making, again, if used properly!!

JSS

July 27th, 2012
12:07 pm

Troll? And Esquire is still here?
He said he’s not been adequate… Is he trolling himself?

NFCCHAMPSLIVEINGA

July 27th, 2012
12:12 pm

@D-led, can you ask Dirk Koetter and Coach Smith how they feel about implementing a ‘Killer/Step on Your Throat” mentality on Offense. Last year, we had to many close games that should not have been that way. I would like to know his perspective on that. Thanks in advance sir.

JSS

July 27th, 2012
12:20 pm

Last year? That’s been their MO since they hit town…. Against above .500 teams they’ve hardly ever not come down to the final series of plays or an field goal attempt…

pritdapit

July 27th, 2012
12:23 pm

DLed you can also shove it. For years you let him do as he pleases. You’re a lousy journalist and ever worse blogger. The AJC has become straight liquid shit. Led by it’s integrity driven staff… <<< That's sarcasm too… Now I know this is hard, but try to be actually do your job properly. Instead of just getting by on minimal requirements.

pritdapit

July 27th, 2012
12:25 pm

Now I can’t even “chat” here???

Michael M.

July 27th, 2012
1:28 pm

It is so nice to have an Atlanta Falcons Football blog and talk about the home team instead of the other all the time………………the Troll Free Zone rules this roost….not mentioning no names !

FootballTopFan

July 27th, 2012
1:29 pm

Football Top Fan would like to wish the Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan the best of luck and success during the upcoming National Football League (NFL) season.

FootballTopFan@yahoo.com

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

July 27th, 2012
1:38 pm

Just wonderin when U will ask the Flacons about Perrier Jerry. We never hear nuttin but we can all see he is a bust bigest in team history. R U ascared 2 ask?

JSS

July 27th, 2012
1:38 pm

” talk about the home team instead of the other all the time”

It’s an illusion because you’re not saying anything… Nothing but a rehash of rah-rah like speak…

Esquire

July 27th, 2012
1:48 pm

JSS

July 27th, 2012
12:07 pm
Troll? And Esquire is still here?
He said he’s not been adequate… Is he trolling himself?
_______________________________________________

Simply put I can’t translate you……………….

JSS

July 27th, 2012
2:05 pm

Stick to three analogies Here I’ll spot you three letters: C – __ – T spells what?

Michael M.

July 27th, 2012
2:10 pm

After Ryan sets a new passing record in 2012 for his short career in the NFL they will all have something to be trolling about…hehehe

JSS

July 27th, 2012
2:19 pm

Only QB to pass for 4000 yards and have a 60% completion and fail to score a point in a playoff game… Yeah, they’ll be “trolling” alright!

JSS

July 27th, 2012
2:20 pm

“Inch, Inch Baby”

SeenThisB4

July 27th, 2012
2:31 pm

@NFCCHUMPSLIVEINGA: Okay, I hear you, but slants and outs aren’t screens, which is what I was referring to, (before DLED the fascist, decided to delete my purely falcan’t post). And I referred to that since that has been specifically a part of your new offensive scheme that you all have been heralding like it’s a new form of the wildcat.

Esquire

July 27th, 2012
2:39 pm

There was a JSS who used to be on here and was half intelligent………of course I wouldn’t go overboard with the use of the word intelligent. I don’t think this is the same bloke.

rollo lawson

July 27th, 2012
3:07 pm

Peria Jerry will have a break out year. If he stays healthy. I went back and watch some film from his Ole Miss days and the guy stayed in the offensive backfield. If we can get penetration from him, Babs, and Peters consistently, watch out!! That goes for you 5′10 Drew Brees.

No comment on Matt Ryan. For his sake however, PLEASE DO NOT LET JOE HAWLEY ON THE FIELD THIS YEAR!!!

JSS

July 27th, 2012
3:15 pm

Never been a “bloke,” you guys have been playing that tired “like think” card since before the Philly game in 2009… I used to give many of you a real break… Most of you are just looking for a little communal love that this blog gives to sheep like piling on and denigration of adversaries… But now, you y’a;; have chosen this weird “ride or die” mentality…. Guess what? In sports sense, it’s die! Not since the 70s Minnesota Vikings that played in a water down NFC Central has a team with so many weaknesses and fragile personalities and fans masqueraded around the NFL… This team as constituted is worn out… Enjoy, it’s gonna be ugly…

Esquire

July 27th, 2012
4:38 pm

I just used the bloke term because of the Olympics…………quite clever ay?

Ledbetters Bowtie!!!

July 27th, 2012
5:05 pm

Hey Yall its hot out here at the branch and im sweating…Could sumone get me a towel please

JSS

July 27th, 2012
6:07 pm

No not clever at all, say it in a pub in the UK and then understand why your behind is flying like Wily E. Coyote into a wall…

SeenThatB4

July 27th, 2012
6:13 pm

@NFCCHAMPSLIVEINGA: I was talking about your team’s new emphasis on running screen plays, the ones you all have been jibbering about. Not slants or outs. You don’t have the right players with the correct mix of skills to run those properly, and that will manifest itself as a lot of no gains, even negative yards, when you run them. Watch and see.

Respect Ray

July 27th, 2012
9:21 pm

Esquire

July 27th, 2012
10:18 pm

Wily E. Coyote…………you know him?

SlyDog55

July 28th, 2012
4:42 pm

SlyDog55

July 28th, 2012
4:45 pm

stb4… manifest?

SlyDog55

July 28th, 2012
4:52 pm

@stb4…. “You don’t have the right players with the correct mix of skills to run those properly, and that will manifest itself as a lot of no gains, even negative yards, when you run them.” What are you? A high school teacher? Wanna-be coach? Or just a lowland fan with nothing to do?

jalex49

July 29th, 2012
5:55 pm

Watching the Falcons training camp and once again, no one likes the Falcons chances of getting to the Super Bowl. Charlie Sasserly believes they could contend for a pla-off appearnce though. The concerned expressed was the Falcons inabilty to get to the QB of the opposing team and OT position.

They seem to love the Saints and Panthers though?

jalex49

July 29th, 2012
6:07 pm

Sorry for the type-o’s.. Watching the Falcons training camp on the NFL channel and once again the football experts(Charlie Casserly) seems to think the Falcons might only get into the play-off’s. The concerns expressed were with the DE’s not getting to the opposing teams QB and offensive tackle/line not being able to protect Ryan long enough for solid plays that could determine the outcome of a play-off game in the Falcons favor.

This seems to be the common theme that is expressed within the sporting arena by a lot of professional commentators, prior coaches and fans. It seems that the Falcons refuse to spend the money to get a quality DE that could impact games in a favorable manner.

The commentators seem to love the Saints and Panthers though!

Falclowns in the Playoffs? Playoffs? Think Jim Mora, Sr.

July 31st, 2012
12:37 pm

Lmao…no way with Melted Ice….such delusional fans with nothing but hope…ane false hubris…Saints witthe SB….fact…just move on…nothing to see here but Falclowns jealousy of the Saints and THEIR SB CHAMPIONSHIP…..troll free? I think not…lmao…

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