Falcons QB Matt Ryan: Major Roster Makeover Not Necessary

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Starting quarterback Matt Ryan doesn’t think the Atlanta Falcons need an overhaul.

“There’s been a lot of chances that we’ve had that we didn’t capitalize on, and our story could be a lot different had we done that,” Ryan said, via the team website.

He speaks the truth. The Falcons are 4-11 entering Sunday’s finale in Tampa Bay. Of those 11 losses, nine have come by a touchdown or less. Two came by a single point. Many were blown leads.

“I feel like we’ve got a good core group of guys here that you can build on, and I think we’ve been competitive. We just haven’t found a way to get the job done in finishing situations enough this year, and it’s something we definitely have to improve at moving forward,” Ryan said.

What the Falcons do need is a new coach after parting ways with Dan Quinn earlier this season, though they should probably hire a general manager first. They can probably keep Ryan, who continues to produce at the age of 35.

As an aside, the Falcons had to shut down their facility Friday because of a reported positive COVID-19 result.

But all eyes are on next season anyway, and Ryan says it won’t take a complete makeover or gutting of the team. The team on the field just needs to finish all those close games.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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  1. I’d ask Ryan if he likes his line as is. It’s one of the worst in football. They need some better pieces on the line if they want to win. They had virtually no running game this year, and when you watched the games it wasn’t all on Gurley. They cannot run block. The offense was second worst in the NFL averaging 3.7 ypc, and Ryan got sacked 40 times on top of it. That’s not cutting it. It’s not easy to win consistently in the NFL if you can’t run the football when you need to. This same problem is definitely going to hurt the Steelers, and possibly the Bucs, in the playoffs.

  2. Few QB’s with Ryan’s talent have failed to deliver year after year after year with Julio Jones failing to score TD’s over his passing career.

    Ryan should watch tape all off-season of Watson and Murray throwing to the sure-handed 4.57 D. Hopkins. And he should ask himself why these QB’s throw in much tighter windows to a slower receiver for much more TD production.

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