Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan hopes to rebound from 5 interception day





FLOWERY BRANCH — Matt Ryan is in uncharted territory.

In 74 previous NFL games, he had never thrown more than three interceptions, and that happened only twice.

So, rebounding from his five-interception game against Arizona on Sunday will be a first-time NFL experience for the fifth-year quarterback.

“You can’t worry about it,” Ryan said. “Part of playing this position in this league is knowing that there will be times when you make mistakes and fall flat on your face. You just have to get up and keep playing and keep throwing.”

As the Falcons (9-1) have transitioned to a pass-first offense, Ryan doesn’t appear to have a viable alternative to slinging passes around the field when the Falcons face upstart Tampa Bay (5-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

“We’ve got to move on,” offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. “We know that Matt is going to bounce back from that. He just has to forget about it and move on to the next one.”

But, Ryan will have to be more selective and try not to get so many of his passes tipped.

“The batted balls, there were some poor decisions, there were balls going off of receivers hands,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “It was just one of those games where the ball wasn’t going to bounce our way, and it didn’t bounce our way. We were able to overcome that.”

With the interceptions, Ryan finished with the second-lowest passer rating (40.5) of his career. His passer rating dropped from 102.6 to 94.8 after the Arizona game.

In a way, the performance was impressive.

“They still found a way to beat Arizona,” said former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon, a SiriusXM NFL Radio analyst. “They came back. The one thing you know about Matt Ryan is he always finds a way to come back. That’s something, if you’re Atlanta, you can hang your hat on.”

Ryan’s first pass of the game was intercepted when wide receiver Roddy White bobbled a pass that was slightly behind him. On Ryan’s third interception, his arm was hit, and a pass intended for Tony Gonzalez sailed into the arms of Arizona safety Kerry Rhodes.

On the fourth, linebacker Daryl Washington undercut White’s route and made a play. The Washington interception was the one that Ryan was most furious about.

The fifth interception came when Ryan’s pass bounced high into the air off of Arizona tackle Dan Williams’ helmet.

Ryan just tried to battle through the tough day.

While Ryan nearly blew a gasket after the fourth interception, several players maintained that he remained composed.

“There are a lot of hats you wear as quarterback,” Ryan said. “Part of it is player, and part of it is keeping everybody on the same page and being relaxed.”

The win went against several long-standing notions about turnovers and losing. Smith had the research staff up late trying to figure out how the Falcons won with so many turnovers.

“You can’t turn the ball over six times (the Falcons also had a fumble) in a football game and win,” Smith said. “Statistically, the chances of that happening are two or three percent. In fact, since 2003 there’s been 61 games (with a) five-or-more turnover advantage to one team, and only two times did the team win that was on the wrong side of that ratio”

Ryan, who has a 2-2 record in games at Tampa Bay, doesn’t want a repeat performance.

“I’m just glad that we still won,” Ryan said. “As a quarterback you don’t ever want to have those kinds of games, but they happen. It’s just about how you respond to that and what you keep doing.”

Note: To help buttress the offensive line, the Falcons signed guard Harland Gunn off the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad Tuesday. The team was concerned about their depth after center/guard Joe Hawley was suspended for four games by the league Monday.
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87 comments Add your comment

Jipwiz

November 21st, 2012
8:08 am

Adogg36

November 21st, 2012
8:25 am

Matty, gone be alright he just had a bad game.But Dis game wit TB gone be scairy for da simple fact dey gone run da ball down our throats And if weitherspoon asunte and jones possibly being out YALL NO WE IN TROUBLE.Wit turner in da bacfeild dats gone be a NIGHTMARE.but hopefully my falcons can pull it off if so it want be easy.FALCONS24 BUCS20 FALCON FOR LIFE!!!!

dean

November 21st, 2012
8:32 am

When you think about it, without 6 turnovers ATL crushes AZ and their “vaunted” defense.

Big Ray

November 21st, 2012
8:43 am

That signing is just having a body on the roster while Hawley is out. Beyond that, it means nothing, because Hawley wasn’t playing any damn way….

Ryan will bounce back. We’ve seen him do it before. And we’re gonna need him against Tampa, which won’t let us run anymore than anybody else has.

Elvis is Alive

November 21st, 2012
8:43 am

My observations say a team that has a high number of turnovers is being mentally pressured to perform above their capability. Simply put..the members are worried about keeping their jobs. This includes the coach. Coach Smith is a wreck.
Some turnovers are caused by a short throw/ long throw or a helmet dislodging the ball etc.
Others are described as missed assignments,uncalled fouls by the opponent and lack of focus.
Solution; I would suggest Mr. Blank remove himself from the locker room.
Football is not a retail store where employees are aware that the Boss is on the premises.
How do you feel when the Boss is watching you—up close and personal?
MB2 is under that kind of scrunity, as well as MT33. My take is they are all being pressured.
Some will say it comes with the territory.. I believe if you just sit back Mr. Blank these fellas might just win it all. The path to the SB will not be easy and the injuries are mounting.
I am not saying the coaches or team should take the collective foot off the gas..I just believe some turnovers are coming from lack of focus..fear of losing your job is not a great motivation.
The Tampa Bay Bucs (where I currently work) are tenacious, driven and washed in the limelight of winning games by coming from behind. Freeman cannot pass consistently and the OL is.good at run blocking , but poor on pass protection.
(note to the Atlanta Braves–DO NOT SIGN..CF…B.J.UPTON–he is a meathead)
Atlanta Falcons.. 30…Tampa Bay Bucs…14.. Angry Birds watch the run, the uber soft zone in the middle and TACKLE..Stop the human highlights..be a pro..your job depends on it.

Usually I just read but...

November 21st, 2012
8:46 am

Come listen to my story bout a man named Mike
Who runs a football that he rarely gets to spike.
When he needs just a yard to pull his team through
He gets hit behind the line and loses one or two,
yards that is.
No score.
No new downs.

Big Ray

November 21st, 2012
8:47 am

Give me a break. It’s one game with a high amount of turnovers. Last I looked, we didn’t see what was going on in the locker room, only on the sidelines.

And if Blank’s presence on the sideline is a problem, then why in the F are we 9-1?

Its Just Football

November 21st, 2012
9:00 am

How about lofting the ball another 6 inches over linemens hands? Why didnt Falcons defensive linemen also have tipped balls on Cardinals qbs? Answer that.

kd

November 21st, 2012
9:13 am

we will see what type of quaterback we have, man if you can win with 6 turnovers, that has to be scary to opposing teams

Bowfan

November 21st, 2012
9:17 am

“…only two times did the team win that was on the wrong side of that ratio”

Who was the other?

The Biscuit

November 21st, 2012
9:21 am

Some interesting thoughts there Elvis. I was surprised by your final score prediction after reading your commentary. I hope that you are right. I see it a little closer. Maybe “one point close” either way. I agree King Arthur ought to get the heck out of the way. I couldn’t make myself call that pompous, mafiaoso looking dandy, “Mr. Blank”, if my life depended on it. Watch from your luxury suite during the game if you must and then a brief locker room appearance after the game but only after the coaching staff have spoken and un-locked the locker room door. But back on subject, you would think elite players at this level would crave the spot light after having tried to attain it pretty much their whole lives. The Great Ones revel in it. The bigger and hotter and brighter it is the better!! We shall see if these particular raptors have greatness in them.

kd

November 21st, 2012
9:36 am

i like that blank comes down on the field, he comes win lose or draw, even when we were getting thumped in the play-offs. And after all it is his investments and time, i think they appreciate a owner who comes and speaks and gets in the game, Instead of standing in the box looking down on them like they are pieces of meat. You can tell he was a fan long before he was the owner. Lets be honest falcons fans, if you owned the falcons even for a day you would go down on the field and sideline during the game. If you say you wouldnt and you call yourself a true falcon fan then youre lying. They are at war, and he comes to the battlefield. Heck i bet if he could, he would put a helmet on lol. Blank keep it up, best owner we have had!

yeahsure

November 21st, 2012
9:38 am

Blank gets in the way? Yes, i’m sure he is all in TD’s face about which draft picks he wants. He is chewing out Smitty telling him how to coach the team. He grabs the mic from koetter and calls plays. He told Asante to sweep the leg. The man is a tyrant!!!

Adogg36

November 21st, 2012
9:42 am

Bowfan; I think it wuz da Qb for Greenbay 1932. I could be wrong.

Adogg36

November 21st, 2012
9:44 am

Kd:u a fool for dat lol.

BK

November 21st, 2012
9:48 am

I AGREE WITH KD MR. BLANK IS THE BEST OWNER WE HAVE EVER HAD, IF HE COULD I THINK HE WOULD PUT A HELMET ON AND PLAY…WE NEED TO STAY FOCUS ON THE TASK AHEAD BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE A TUFF GAME..BUCS ARE NOT THE SAME TEAM THEY WERE LAST YEAR WHEN WE PLAYED THEM AND BEAT THE BRAKES OFF THEM..BUCKLE UP FALCONS FANS THIS IS GOING TO BE A BUMPY RIDE BUT WE CAN BEAT THIS TEAM. RISE UP!!!!! LETS GO ATL!!!!! ATL-30 TAMPA-24

Adogg36

November 21st, 2012
9:51 am

Bk; They also beat us da first game.

Bowfan

November 21st, 2012
9:52 am

@Adogg36 No, I heard the ‘67 GB team did it with 5 interceptions, but the article quotes CMS as saying: …Smith said. “Statistically, the chances of that happening are two or three percent. In fact, since 2003 there’s been 61 games (with a) five-or-more turnover advantage to one team, and only two times did the team win that was on the wrong side of that ratio”

So I assumed there was something after 2002, and it wouldn’t have been 5 interceptions since that was GB ‘67, it could have been fumbles or a combination.

True Falcon Fan

November 21st, 2012
9:54 am

Elvis is Alive
November 21st, 2012
8:43 am

You are an idiot!
You should be ashamed of yourself username: Elvis is Alive —- You are what’s wrong in this country!
You need to go back to your “GROTO”

Go Falcons — Bucs next

4BsihTneeS

November 21st, 2012
10:00 am

Bucks 24 – fal can’ts 17

Adogg36

November 21st, 2012
10:04 am

Bowfan; Find it it wuz a Army Navy game 1932 Army turned da ball over 7 times and still won 20-0

Falcon James

November 21st, 2012
10:18 am

Usually I just read but…

November 21st, 2012
8:46 am

Come listen to my story bout a man named Mike
Who runs a football that he rarely gets to spike.
When he needs just a yard to pull his team through
He gets hit behind the line and loses one or two,
yards that is.
No score.
No new downs.
____________________________________________________________________

Brilliant I say……BRILLIANT!!!!!

Sly Boarders

November 21st, 2012
10:21 am

We need James Brown to open up each game (the singer, he is still alive?). Some of you fans could use some pepping up. Especially since we’re 9-1.

I said uh.
I’m feelin pretty good y’all, UNH!
Na Na Na Na Na, Na Na NaaaAa!
Help me say it one more time!

Tell me you wouldn’t be crushing beer and gettin hyped!

Go Falcons!

[...] “You can’t worry about it,” Ryan said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Part of playing this position in this league is knowing that there will be times when you make mistakes and fall flat on your face. You just have to get up and keep playing and keep throwing.” [...]

1stn10

November 21st, 2012
10:27 am

Elvis is Alive

Really?

Greg

November 21st, 2012
10:30 am

Matt didn’t pump fake a single time during the game. No wonder they pick him off left and right.

Marcus

November 21st, 2012
10:33 am

DOL,
what is the lowdown on the new guys signed on the OL?

Falcon James

November 21st, 2012
10:38 am

Well, the next think you ole Mike is out the door.
Fan base said “Mike, get the heck out of here!”
He said “Magic City is where I want to be”
So he packed up his bags and left the following week.
Walking papers, that is……No trade, waiver wire!

Marcus

November 21st, 2012
10:46 am

nevamind. Saw the other blog.

Retired Fellow

November 21st, 2012
10:49 am

@Elvis…Great points!!!

to real

November 21st, 2012
10:50 am

Not many qb’s can bounce back and lead they team down for a game winning drive after such a baf game with 5int’s matt is one of few dat wont happen again sunday will be a battle but our team is well coached we will be ready ryan will have a good game keep in mind tampa has a very weak pass def they give up a lot of big plays

Choke On My Grits

November 21st, 2012
10:54 am

@4BsihTneeS ….still hoping for that crystal ball to spin your way I see….Maybe If you pray to buddah or rev. moon or allah…they will come through for ya! Hell…just wish the Falcons to a loss and maybe It will happen for ya!

extremus

November 21st, 2012
10:55 am

Look at it this way: under most any other circumstances Bart Starr is a name you’d feel pretty good about being mentioned with as an NFL QB. Even Hall of Famers have a terrible game now and then. Fortunately I believe this experience will help Ryan remain more focused to avoid such mistakes from here on. He knows the Falcons can’t afford turnovers against any of their upcoming opponents.

hiramsaint

November 21st, 2012
11:04 am

rebound ? hope ? this week it will only be three picks !

Falcons 73

November 21st, 2012
11:32 am

That video of Matt Ryan makes him look like Mr. Rogers with that sweater vest and tie.

PMC

November 21st, 2012
11:34 am

I’ll take understatement headlines of the year for 1000 Alex.

Again, would love to see the offensive line play a physical game if they have it in them.

My trailers got a 7 ft.x 5ft screen & projector

November 21st, 2012
11:35 am

@hiramsaint
November 21st, 2012
11:04 am

rebound ? hope ? this week it will only be three picks !
**********************************************
3………..?? The Falcons could end up with more interceptions than that.

PMC

November 21st, 2012
11:38 am

Mentally pressured to play above their ability??? What game did you watch Sunday? Have you been watching all year??

3 of 5 interceptions came on bad tips. 2 of them were awful decisions (awful decisions that generally happen when the QB is under duress)

Apologies to Todd McClure, I know they’ve worked at it, but this Falcons team does not have an adequate amount of talent on either side of the ball to control the line of scrimmage.

If they could, they would.

The bottom line is that none of this matters because they are WINNING. They don’t ask how at the end, they only ask how many.

PMC

November 21st, 2012
11:43 am

There is no way on the planet that Arthur Blank changes direction with this group he’s got even if they flame out again in the postseason. We’ll all cry for it, but it won’t happen.

He’s not going to find better people for the jobs than what he’s got now. This is the best front office in the history of this franchise, he would be crazy to change it up. Mistakes happen. Ray Edwards happens.

Loyal Falcon

November 21st, 2012
12:05 pm

@ FALCONS DEFENSE….If you can’t get to the QB “PUT YOUR HANDS UP”(Especially against Drew Brees) Come on Man!!!

Loyal Falcon

November 21st, 2012
12:06 pm

Do the same against Freeman and all the other QBs!

1998 Was Our Year

November 21st, 2012
12:06 pm

Ok, Matt had a bad game, but overall he has played well this season, so we can’t really harp on this one bad game. With that said, whenever you lack a descent running game, you pass more, so you more likely to get picked or passes intercepted, hopefully our running attack picks up, where we won’t become one dimensional, and if we become one dimensional, it’s time to hit the panic button, especially going into the playoffs.

[...] “You can’t worry about it,” Ryan said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Part of playing this position in this league is knowing that there will be times when you make mistakes and fall flat on your face. You just have to get up and keep playing and keep throwing.” [...]

yeahsure

November 21st, 2012
12:32 pm

Pump fakes are hard to do when you have a second to get the ball out.
Play action is hard when there is no run game.
We need balance and that will only come with run blocking. We need Svitek, Holmes, Ewing to get healthy next year.

yeahsure

November 21st, 2012
12:35 pm

Ryan audibles into run all the time when he sees defenders playing deep. And they STILL cant get any decent yards!! So frustrating. We have no RB threat that can get outside the defenders. Quizz is shifty but not fast.

Jay Dubu

November 21st, 2012
12:46 pm

okeetee

November 21st, 2012
12:48 pm

I doubt very seriously, that Ryan is going to have another 5 interception game in his career, let alone back to back Sundays! 2 of those interceptions were tipped at the line and his fault and preventable. The first one was a bobbled ball by the receiver who should have caught the ball, although it was thrown a tad bit behind him. If the Falcons keep there turnovers to 2 or less they will be in this game to the end with a good chance to win.

The Walking Dead

November 21st, 2012
12:56 pm

All I want for Christmas is…
The San Francisco 49ers to come to the Georgia Dome in the playoffs, and flatten the Falcons!

Eric C.

November 21st, 2012
1:13 pm

Just saw that Weatherspoon is back…awesome!

goFalcons

November 21st, 2012
1:16 pm

What a great season the Falcons are having!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!