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.