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FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown at least one interception in the last four games, including three against Oakland in his last outing.
Over his 68 regular-season starts, he’s only thrown three interceptions in one other game. He threw three in a 35-27 loss to New Orleans on Nov. 2, 2009.
Also, he has only one other stretch throwing an interception in four straight games.
In 2009, in the 20th through 25th games in his career, he threw 11 interceptions over a six-game stretch. In 2008, 2010 and 2011, he never had four straight games with a pick.
In 2009, he tossed a career-high 14 interceptions.
During the bye-week, Koetter had chance to breakdown the interceptions.
Ryan had a rare misread on his first interception against the Raiders.
“We had two other guys open and we threw to wrong guy and the (Oakland) guy made a nice play,” Koetter said. “One of them, we misidentified it and they did blitz us through the A gap. We did have plenty of blockers. We just blocked the wrong guys. They hit Matt right as he was throwing.”
Koetter took the blame for the third interception.
“That was a bad call by me,” Koetter said. “I shouldn’t have had us in that play.”
While Ryan’s picks are statistically alarming because of their rarity of a four-game streak, Koetter is not overly concerned.
“It was three different causes for those interceptions,” Koetter said. “They may or may not blitz us more, but I don’t think it will be because of that.”
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