QB corner: Matt Ryan discusses the Kansas City Chiefs

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hands the ball to running back Michael Turner. AP

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hands the ball to running back Michael Turner. AP

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is 0-2 on the road in season openers.

The Falcons dropped a 15-9 overtime game to Pittsburgh to start the 2010 season and were routed 30-12 last season by the Chicago Bears.

Ryan, who had a spectacular exhibition season, will be making his first appearance in Kansas City when the Falcons take on the Chiefs at 1 p.m. Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Here’s a brief Q&A involving Ryan and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter.

Q: What is it going to take to get over the hump in the red zone?

A: We’ve got to improve on the details. When we went back and looked at some of those tapes from the preseason, it’s the little things that kept us out of the end zone. Those are things we can correct. It also comes down to making plays. I think we’ve got to have an aggressive mindset. We have to be aggressive when we are down there and just make the plays when they present themselves. That’s going to be our focus in the red zone.

Q: Will the Chiefs miss defensive end Tamba Hali?

A: I’m sure they’ll make adjustments in terms of scheme and personnel to try and create some of what they are going to miss without him. But it’s still a talented defense. On the back end, they’ve got two talented players in [Eric] Berry and [Brandon] Flowers. I think they are some of the best in the league. At the linebacker spot, you’ve got some physical guys that can make plays. I still think we’ve got our work cut out for us.

Q: How much stronger did you get over the offseason?

A: I feel stronger. I feel better. I think that’s helped in the preseason games. I felt really good out on the field throwing the ball, hanging in the pocket and moving around. It’s just one of those things, I think every year where you take a look at things you can improve on and I felt that was an area where I thought I could improve.


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Larry Harrison

September 9th, 2012
5:45 am

Question: The 8-man practice squad includes offense and defense players – how does that work for practice?

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September 9th, 2012
7:33 am

Woo Hoo!
Its my favorite day of the year!

Jarvis Jones in Athens and Julio Jones in Atlanta.
Its going to be a fun season.

Just Sayin.....

September 9th, 2012
10:03 am

Question: What’s the price for a playoff win? 72 million or more?

Elvis is still alive

September 9th, 2012
11:06 am

Rise up ..Atlanta Falcons..show the world your spirit and your excellence. I was born in Atlanta and have endured the folly of the Smiths, Glanville, trading Bret Farve, etc. Enough is enough. Second place is just that …second place…Today is the day of a new season. Rise Up Falcons, RISE UP and WIN !!!


September 9th, 2012
11:35 am

Boy no ones heard that one before
Jus sayin


September 9th, 2012
11:43 am


Im no UGA fan, but WOW Jarvis Jones looked like a monster last night. He was all over the place

Double Zero Eight

September 9th, 2012
11:46 am

If the O line does its job, Ryan will have a good
game. Not sure what to expect from Turner today.
Julio and Roddy should each have at least one TD.


September 9th, 2012
1:46 pm

The defense looks like the same old soft zone, no pressure defense! Whats up with that? I thought Nolan was a pressure guy! Mike Smith better let them loose