FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is not putting too much stock in the slide in quarterback Matt Ryan’s passing numbers over the third quarter of the season.
In the third quarter of the season, some of Ryan’s key statistics dipped appreciably. Over the first four games of the season, Ryan tossed 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. In games 5 through 8, he threw six touchdown passes and four interceptions.
In the past four games, he threw five touchdown passes and seven interceptions.
He has two touchdown passes and six interceptions over the past three games. In his previous outing, he completed only 54.5 percent of his passes and threw for 165 yards, both totals were season-lows.
“I don’t over analyze that,” said Koetter on Friday. “Matt is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He’s not going to play perfect all of the time. We are trying to figure out how to get a win. I don’t worry too much about the numbers.”
Falcons coach Mike Smith said that the offense was just out of sync against the Saints.
“We are always working on it,” Koetter said. “It’s something different every week. Last week, we didn’t do a very good job on third downs. We’ve been a good third down team. We had a rough game last week on third downs. Your red-zone needs to be better. There is always something.”
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