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  3. Now I know the last few days, there have been some speculative articles out there on the results of the SB due to play calling. But if this is not Ryan pointing the finger while being PC, I don't know what is. PS. I agree with him.
  4. Sanu was not considered atop NFL receiver before coming to the Atlanta Falcons he was considered a waste of money in fact by the same talking heads. Gabriel was released as a FA he was considered so bad. So when you hear that we have elite talent we are riding and they include these guys as weapons, keep a smile on your face. Because they weren't until Kyle and Ryan turned them into a lethal part of our Buzz saw.
  5. What was Matt Ryan's passer rating and QBR? I haven't seen it posted or heard anything. I was under the impression that if he scored above 120.5 passer rating that he would set a new record for my passer rating above that in a season or most consecutive. Help please.
  6. ATLANTA — To appreciate the magnitude of what we saw Sunday in the last football game ever at the Georgia Dome, we must consider what was happening in this city the April day Matt Ryan was drafted in 2008. I was there that weekend. Michael Vick was not. He was in federal prison in Kansas, serving nearly two years for animal cruelty. But the city not only hadn’t forgotten him; many in the city were keeping his seat warm and wanted him as their quarterback when he finished doing his time. I remember the day before the draft walking through a mall and thinking, “All these people with Vick jerseys or T-shirts supporting him … amazing.” So when Ryan got picked third overall by new GM Thomas Dimitroff, it was a new start. But some locals seemed unmoved. An Atlanta TV sports anchor, Gil Tyree, told me on draft day 2008 that Vick “is a messiah here. … No matter what Matt Ryan will do, he’ll never be accepted.” Yikes. Now to Sunday, and the 44-21 beatdown of the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, leading to the second Super Bowl appearance for the Falcons in their history. As Ryan compiled a four-touchdown, 392-yard game in the biggest game of his nine-year career, three times the crowd in the Dome rained down chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!” Six straight games without an interception … Heavy favorite to win the NFL MVP on Feb. 4 … Crowd screaming for him as he left the field like New York screamed for the Beatles in 1964. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images Matt Ryan is headed to his first Super Bowl and the Atlanta franchise’s second overall. The screams and chants sounded a lot like acceptance to me. This seemed a cruel time to remind Ryan of that day and the words of the sports anchor in 2008, but in a quiet moment at his locker after the game, I did. This is not a topic Ryan wants to revisit. In nine years at the helm of this team, nobody’s ever seen Ryan sweat. He says the right things, does the right things, works the right way. But he understood the gravity of this day, and what he’d accomplished under such initial pressure. Vick electrified this town like few athletes have, but Ryan has taken the franchise farther than Vick ever did. No matter what Matt Ryan will do, he’ll never be accepted. Ryan said quietly: “Some things you don’t forget.” That was it. But others took up Ryan’s cause. “Matt’s created great memories in this Dome,” said Dimitroff, who made Ryan the first pick of his tenure. “Back then, when Matt was drafted, the doubts were there. But he’s evolved and stayed above it all.” “That’s a long time ago,’’ said receiver and returned Eric Weems, who was a Falcon when Ryan was drafted and who knew the tenor in the city. “If people are still holding grudges, and I doubt there are, it’s on them. I can tell you Matt’s my quarterback. Matt’s our quarterback. I love him.” The best teams are often forged through difficult times. Ryan was drafted the year after Bobby Petrino pulled one of the all-time classless coaching moves, quitting with two games left in the 2007 season to take a college job. Ryan had some shaky playoff games, but Dimitroff and Blank were unwavering in their support. Blank, wisely, held onto Dimitroff—a strong scout—when he fired Mike Smith two years ago and hired Dan Quinn as coach. Ryan has gotten excellent coaching from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan over the past two years, and Quinn’s definitive demands for every position on the field allowed Dimitroff and key personnel men Scott Pioli and Steve Sabo to know exactly what to scout. Two excellent drafts and good free-agent finds (Alex Mack, Mohamed Sanu), and here we are—an Atlanta-New England Super Bowl. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images On Sunday, the Falcons defense was able to do what no other team could do the past two months: Keep Aaron Rodgers in check. Two things I notice about Ryan’s game under Shanahan: He’s more comfortable as an athlete—that 14-yard touchdown run against Green Bay, his first TD run since 2012, showed he’s not a lumberjng runner, but a competent one. “There was nobody to account for the quarterback,” Ryan said. “And everybody's backs are turned playing coverage, playing man‐to‐man coverage. Just saw a lane open up.” In the past, Ryan likely would have stuck in the pocket, looking at his third and fourth targets. “Matt’s been a grinder, getting his mental right,” is how Weems put it. Ryan is better at play-action and run fakes, a more complete player who doesn’t think being a pocket quarterback means you actually have to be in the pocket all the time, surveying the field seven steps behind center. I loved his first touchdown pass Sunday, which was a combination of Steve Young and Brett Favre. On Atlanta’s first drive of the game, from the Packer two-yard line, Ryan took off to his left near the goal line and it looked like he’d run it in. But then he threw a one-hand shovel pass to Sanu for a touchdown. I just don’t think that’s the kind of thing he’d have been comfortable doing pre-Shanahan. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Against New England, the more multiple a quarterback can be, the better. You saw how Bill Belichick and defensive boss Matt Patricia began to neutralize Le’Veon Bell even before he got hurt in the AFC game by taking away those creases in the defensive front that Bell uses so wisely. The Patriots find what you do well and find a couple of ways to combat it. No doubt that Shanahan today and tomorrow will be all over New England tape trying to play Spy Vs. Spy, figuring what the Patriots will do if the Falcons do such-and-such. The last player you’d compare Ryan to is Vick. But in the next two weeks, he’d better get ready for it. During the run-ups to Super Bowls, long perspective stories are the order of the day. Vick, 2001: thrills and chills, a roller coaster, but didn’t work overall. Ryan, 2008: by the book, outworking everyone, in the Super Bowl. The Falcons, and Ryan, have been rewarded, and a date with Tom Brady is the result. * * * We Could Use a Great Game in No. 267 Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images The Pats and Falcons haven’t played since a Sept. 29, 2013, meeting at the Georgia Dome. After 256 regular-season games and 10 in the playoffs, the NFL season comes down to game number 267 in Houston, Super Bowl LI between Atlanta and New England. I love the game, because there’s so much new and interesting about Atlanta (particularly on defense, where seven of the 12 “starters,” including third corner Brian Poole, are first or second-year players), and because there’s so much historical stuff on the line for New England. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick could become the first QB-coach duo in history to win five Super Bowls. Brady could be the first quarterback in history to win five Super Bowls. It could be a momentous night in Houston 13 days from now. And it’s new for the teams too. Of Atlanta’s 53-man roster, 37 players weren’t Falcons the last time these two teams met, a 30-23 win for New England at the Georgia Dome in 2013. It’s fresh for them, fresh for the players and coaches. I loved Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s reaction when, just before I recorded a podcast conversation with him Sunday night in the Falcons’ equipment office at the Georgia Dome, I told him it looked like the Super Bowl foe would be New England. “Good,” he said. Not because he’s a cocky glutton for punishment, but because he wants to play the best. That sounds nuts, but what coach who considers himself a really good coach wouldn’t want to match wits with Bill Belichick and his staff in the game of the year?
  7. Would guys be okay if after winning the SB, Matt Ryan says, 'I'm going to Six Flags...keep it home Atlanta?!' That would make me get a tattoo of Matt Ryan and I don't have one of my wife yet.
  8. OK, guys, I just published this article. I will post everything here, but please give the link some clicks, and let me know what you think. Matt Ryan's 1-4 Playoff Record Is Meaningless in 2017 “Perception and reality are two different things” – Tom Cruise Matt Ryan has a reputation. Matt Ryan is a playoff choker, and everyone knows it! Do they? Coming off one of the greatest quarterbacking seasons in NFL history, way more than a minority have reportedly predetermined playoff failure for the Falcons, simply because of Ryan’s 1-4 record in the postseason. While it may sound safe to bet against Ryan and the Falcons, it’s risky business. “Experts” and analysts who put their chips on “Playoff Eli” this past weekend walked away with empty pockets, for good reason. It may have served as an interesting conversation point, but Eli’s previous playoff record ultimately had no bearing on the Giants’ playoff hopes. The truth, if you can handle it, is that Matt Ryan’s 1-4 playoff record is also meaningless in 2017, and here are three reasons why: Things Are Not Always as They Appear (A Tale of Three Quarterbacks) The chart below lists the numbers of three quarterbacks after five playoff games. Of the three, two have won NFL Championships and have a winning playoff record. Quarterback Passer Rating* Pass Yards TD/INT YPA* A 88.4 873 6/4 6.89 B 84.3 1230 9/7 6.56 C 45.0 660 1/6 5.33 *Represents the average on a per game basis. I’m sure you will have guessed that two of the three quarterbacks are Matt Ryan and Eli Manning. Manning is QB A and Ryan is QB B. Quarterback C is Joe Flacco. As you can see, his numbers are so shockingly bad that it would lead you to expect a winless playoff record; they are night and day compared to Ryan’s! Even so, Flacco was perceived by many to be a good playoff quarterback, and everyone knows Ryan underperforms. This perception is based solely upon a win-loss record that, in hindsight, is usually placed completely upon the shoulder of the quarterback, with little to no context. Although Manning and Flacco made their fair share of mistakes, both the Giants and Ravens teams were good enough to overcome them and each win three out of five, respectively. Dan Quinn’s Falcons are not Mike Smith’s Falcons. In contrast, the Mike Smith led Falcons simply were not good enough to go into Arizona during Ryan’s rookie season and beat Kurt Warner and a Cardinals team that came a toe-nail shy of the Lombardi. (Ryan played admirably considering rookie QBs usually don’t perform so well in the playoffs.) No, these Falcons simply were not good enough to stop Aaron Rodgers in one of the greatest playoff performances in NFL history. Context cannot be overstated. Would anyone pick Trent Dilfer (5-1) over Peyton Manning, who was 2-3 after five playoff games? Highly doubtful. But, this is essentially the same type of logic as picking Eli over Ryan in 2017. However, picking the Ravens team that was quarterbacked by Dilfer over a Colts team quarterbacked by Peyton is altogether a different story. Therefore, everyone’s focus should be upon whether the 2016-2017 Falcons coached by Dan Quinn are a better team than any under Mike Smith, and any opponents they will play this season. There are only four other players than Matt Ryan that are still on the roster since the end of the 2012 season, the last time the Falcons played in a playoff game. Those players are Jonathan Babineaux, Matt Bryant, Sean Weatherspoon (IR), and Julio Jones, who was drafted as a direct result of the embarrassing loss at home in 2011 to the Packers. Quinn and the Falcons’ front office seemed to make all the right moves last offseason, assembling a team that arguably is more talented than any team guided by Mike Smith. In route to becoming an historically great offense, the defense, while still young and experiencing growing pains, features a rugged and physical style of play. The Falcons are a very aggressive team under Dan Quinn; they were a very conservative team under Mike Smith. Considering these differences, it just simply is not a fair argument to count on these past playoff losses as a gauge of future results. 2017 Matt Ryan is the best version yet. When looking at Ryan’s career, three years stand out. He had a phenomenal season for a rookie, which led to some awfully high expectations, but besides the quantum leap this season, Ryan’s numbers improved drastically from previous years only in 2012. That year he threw for more touchdowns (32), had a higher passer rating (99.1), and yards per attempt (7.67) than ever before. Ryan’s progress translated to the playoffs, as he led his team to a last second come from behind victory over the Seahawks at home. Against San Francisco, he threw for 396 yards, 3 TDs against 1 INT, averaged 9.43 YPA, and finished with a passer rating of 114.8. It was his best playoff game yet, and had Harry Douglas not tripped over his own feet, you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now. Even though Ryan also had a fumbled snap in that game, Ryan’s performance was worthy of a win. As good as that Ryan was, Ryan v.2017 was a machine. The Iceman was the NFL’s top gun. being named to the AP All-Pro first team and making a firm case to be voted MVP of the league. I won’t overload you with the well-known broken records and stats, but it is worth restating that Matt Ryan had one of the best quarterback seasons of all time, and because Ryan’s elevated level of play translated into the playoffs in 2012, is there any logical reason to suspect that this will not happen again? The Year of the Falcon? Looking at everything objectively, the “Matt Ryan can’t win in the playoffs” argument should have been put to bed after the 2012 season, but that doesn’t make for the most entertaining sound bytes. Now, I can’t tell you if the Falcons will accomplish mission impossible. What I can do is remind everyone that both Aaron Rodgers (3) and Eli Manning (4) have multiple seasons of being ousted after one game, and Peyton Manning finally got his ring even when people were betting against him because of past playoff losses. I can also tell you that Flacco eventually drastically improved his play in postseason, and came away with the title. It doesn’t take a lot of guts to bet against Matt Ryan and the Falcons, but it does take a lot of bias and an unbalanced view of history. Personally, I’m betting that this is the season Ryan and the Falcons blast that bias into oblivion.
  9. Listened on my way to work this morning, and it was a pretty good segment. Talked about the offense, the support system in the front office coming in after the Vick scandal. There was a lot of interesting info there, I recommend a listen for any one interested.
  10. Click on Hour 2. It's about 7 to 8 minutes in, but you may want to start earlier for context. Matt Ryan is going to be on it tomorrow FYI.
  11. "..,.yeah, he should be MVP I guess, but he is one brain fart away from an interception...." SO all of the other 31 QB's that have the same "brain fart" (eloquent) must throw for 6 then?
  12. Finally some respect for Matt, good job by Chris Wesseling.
  13. Currently 7-4 after starting 1-3. 12 team .5 ppr and .2ppc. I traded away Rashad Jennings, Jameis Winston and Willie Snead for Matt Ryan and Tevin Coleman. My Team now QB- Matt Ryan RB- Le'Veon Bell RB- Matt Forte WR- Dez Bryant WR- Jamison Crowder TE- Jordan Reed Flex- Tevin Coleman K- Matt Bryant DST- Lions Bench QB- Kaepernick, Wentz RB- Bilal Powell, Isaiah Crowell WR- Terrelle Pryor TE- Vernon Davis DST- Redskins
  14. Here what the tiers mean: Tier 1: Can carry his team each week. Team wins because of him. Tier 2: Can carry team sometimes but not as consistently. Tier 3: Legit starter but needs heavy run game/defense to win. Tier 4: Might not want this guy starting all 16 games. Tier 5: Do not think this guy should be starting. Tier 1: 1a. Tom Brady. 1b. Aaron Rodgers 3. Big Ben Tier 2: 4. Cam Newton5. Drew Brees 6. Russel Wilson 7. Andrew Luck 8. Philip Rivers 9. Eli Manning 10. Carson Palmer 11. Tony Romo 12. Joe Flacco 13. Matt Ryan 14. Matthew Stafford15. Andy Dalton Tier 3: 16. Derek Carr 17. Jameis Winston 18. Alex Smith 19. Marcus Mariota 20. Kirk Cousins 21. Jay Cutler 22. Blake Bortles 23. Teddy Bridgewater 24. Ryan Tannehill 25. Ryan Fitzpatrick26. Tyrod Taylor27. Brock Osweiler28. Sam Bradford Tier 4 29. Colin Kaepernick30. Blaine Gabbert 31. Mark Sanchez32. RG333. Case Kennum More information in the link.
  15. Our defense is straight azz, no arguments here. But our QB, is straight fire. Let's here it for Matt mother effing Ryan. Number 2 in your programs, number 1 in your hearts.
  16. Vote: Who is the early pick for MVP? Go Vote! Alabama, Russia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Boliva, Argentina, and GA says MR so far!
  17. Every week I will comment on one, two, or maybe three things to take away from the Falcons game, win or lose. So, what can fans take to the bank after the Falcons 26-24 loss on the road to the Seattle Seahawks? Let's skip over the obvious fact that this year's 4-2 Falcons are better than last year's 5-1 Falcons which is something everyone that has watched the games can agree upon. $$$$$ Matt Ryan must now be considered in the upper echelon of QBs. (a.) What we witnessed on Sunday was a QB who exalted his level of play after taking a beating in the first half. Coaches consider affecting the QB as one of the biggest factors in successful defense. It's simply because good and even great QBs' level of play decline under heavy duress. Ryan showed Sunday that he can take a beating and come back cool as a cucumber. He passed the eyeball test. (b.) Since 2012, there are only a handful of QBs that have thrown for as similar yards and/or TDs as Ryan against Seattle's defense: Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, and Matthew Stafford. (Stafford was at home when they faced Seattle in 2012, but went for only 203 and 0 TDs in Seattle last season.) Of those QBs, Matt Ryan had the highest passer rating game at 102.8. Simply put, Ryan had a day against this pass defense that many QBs have never had, including Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, and the list goes on. After back to back road games versus two of the best defenses in the NFL, Ryan still lead the NFL in yards, YPA, and passer rating. (c.) Matt Ryan is averaging 9.9 YPA this year. This is truly a special number, and it means he is attacking deep and connecting way more than he ever has before. His career YPA is 7.3, and for comparison Russell Wilson is tied with Steve Young for fourth all-time career at 8.0 YPA. Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers, and Ben Roethlisberger are tied at 7.9 YPA. (Others: Philip Rivers, 7.8; Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Joe Montana come in at 7.5 YPA. Tom Brady averaged 8.6 YPA the year he had Randy Moss at WR.) If you look at Ryan's performance since his rookie year, you will see that he improved almost each year, but the year Koetter arrived, Ryan took a more noticeable leap. His Comp%, TDs, and YPA got better. However, after 2012, Ryan's ascension stopped. In 2013, Todd McClure retired and the running game completely fell off. Coincidence? Likely not.
  18. So let me start this out by first saying that I still think this experiment deserves more time I don't know how much time that is but one thing I know is that just barely over one season worth of trying this isn't enough. I get that. I have always been more on the optimistic side of things around here. Especially when regarding our offense. Unfortunately for the first time in a long while I have to admit I have gone to the dark side. I am no longer optimistic when thinking about our offensive Outlook with the way it's currently made up. More specifically the collaboration between Kyle Shanahan and Matt Ryan. The thing is I know I'm not the only one that thinks this but I don't hear a lot of options or ideas as far as what should be done to fix it. Yeah yeah I know fire Kyle Shanahan we've heard it a million times. Well that's the thing I don't think that's going to exactly help things at least not for this season. I think Dan Quinn would take a hit if he were to give up on Kyle Shanahan right now I think the front office is liable to take a hit if they give up on him now. But I also think the writing is on the wall for everyone in the organization and regardless of why things are going extremely well the fact is.... above all else.... that so far this isn't going very well. Let me also caveat that by saying that Ryan's performance had nothing to do with us losing the game against Tampa Bay. I'll also add in Kyle Shanahan's play calling to that. Now, one could argue that neither of these actually really helped us win the game but I'm confident in saying that they didn't lose us the game either. If I had to pick one overriding factor that is most responsible for us losing that game it's definitely overall team preparation. Unfortunately we've seen enough divisional games now to the point that we can start to draw some real information from what's going on. Unfortunately some of that information that can be extracted is not very encouraging. I unfortunately I think that it's safe to say that Dan Quinn preparation of this team specifically against divisional opponents has left a lot of room for improvement. I'm not saying fire Quinn but I do think he's got to take a good look at himself in the mirror. Love his philosophy on bringing Talent into this roster but his ability to mesh it all together and create a cohesive well functioning team still needs to be improved as well. So back to my original point with Kyle and Matt. If this situation was my problem, if this decision were mine to make... Here's what I would do: I think both Ryan and Shanahan are too confident and too proud to admit defeat when it comes to making this work. Matt Ryan is a real competitor whether people believe that or not, and he's not going to accept that he simply cannot function within this offense at a high enough level to at least reach the quality of play he was maintaining only a few short years ago. Kyle Shanahan also has too much invested in this situation to simply give up and either quit or publicly admit that this isn't exactly going as planned. If Kyle were to be fired his stock would drop dramatically from where he was just a year ago as a potential head coaching candidate to being labeled a dysfunctional and hard to work with coordinator/coach that rode his father's coattails and never lived up to the hype. I also think the Falcons front office/ owner/ and coaching staff prefer not to throw anybody under the bus publicly. Now, all of that said what should be done is similar to what took place in Denver last year between Kubiak and Peyton Manning. I think Quinn needs to go to Ryan and Shanahan explaining that they don't think this is working as well as should be and that there needs to be a compromise between what Ryan has done successfully throughout his career, and what Shanahan brings to the table currently. Ryan For Better or For Worse would never do anything that he thought might possibly jeopardize team success and chemistry. That includes questioning the play caller whether in public or behind closed doors. ****Because of this I think it is vital that somebody take control of the situation and force him and Shanahan to come up with a game plan for the season as far as what Ryan needs to do to be put in position to have the absolute most success possible. This would include throwing out some of Shanahan's plays. **** maybe even throwing out most of them. Whatever it takes. (I personally happen to believe that there is plenty of Shanahan's Playbook and offense that should stay as a part of the future plan) Then develop and come up with a passing game philosophy by using a collaboration between Shanahan's concepts, and the concepts that Ryan is most confident and comfortable with. The bottom line is that they're going to have to basically play nice with each other for now put on a good face publicly, but when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of this offense..... well, you gotta do what you got to do.*** Again I would like to emphasize that I do not believe that this is absolutely what we should execute right now. I believe that this experiment needs more time. The only reason I even bring this up is unfortunately because I genuinely am of the belief that it is very reasonable to question just how well this is going to end. This type of collaborative compromise between Shanahan and Ryan would basically allow all sides to not only save face but succeed more in the process. Having more offensive success would allow us to end this season letting Shanahan walk away with his dignity intact and in return allow us to replace Shanahan with a better fit. What that better fit is is a good question, but regardless of who or what it is, rescuing what's left of a pretty **** good career in Ryan is worth whatever steps are needed. I happen to believe that sticking with Ryan's previous offensive philosophy under Dirk koetter in the passing game while implementing a variety of both zone and man scheme principles into the running game is not only realistic, but it could really help and pay dividends quickly. In fact go put on the tape from the season opening Broncos vs Panthers game. Kubiak was clever enough to use a mixture of both man and zone principles against that dominant Carolina front and not only did it work, it really worked. Denver's o- line is a joke compared to what Carolina has on the d line. Especially on the inside. I mentioned this before but just think how dominant Matt Ryan looked just a few brief years ago on opening day against the Saints. Without looking up the statistics, I just remember Ryan having an incredibly High completion percentage throwing for over 300 yards and three or four touchdowns. He was straight up surgical. He flew through his reads. He spread the ball around. And was hard for ANY defense to game plan against. For those of you that want to pretend like Ryan has never been a quality quarterback well I'm not going to try to change your mind but you can't try to convince me that Ryan has never been anything more than an average Quarterback at best. You're only lying to yourself. Ryan was very successful in Dirk's offense, and even Mularky's for that matter too. I've seen countless posters attempting to edit and rewrite the history books by claiming that Ryan has absolutely NEVER been that good. I could not care less about anybody's preferences. Results are results, and results trump all. I've also heard people lazily trying to hold our Falcon's playoff record against Ryan as if that was all on him. As if he didn't play well enough that day against the 9ers to win the game. As if he didn't throw for **** near 400 yards and give this team a 17 point lead. People say that we didn't take our foot off the gas because we did throw the ball a good bit in that second half. Sure, that's true, of course it's also super obvious that we had absolutely no running game to lean on and milk the clock with, but sure we had a good amount of passing attempts. My view is that keeping your foot on the gas doesn't just mean aggressive play calling. It means not playing not to lose. It means not forcing your d line to play pure contain on Kaepernick. It means not insisting on disallowing what little bit of pass rush you have to get after the qb. It means not dropping 8 into coverage every chance you get. It means having some balls and being the aggressor. Just like Ryan/Julio did to open up that game with Dirk Koetter's aggressive play calling. I don't care that we had a heavy amount of pass attempt in the second half that game. In fact I take that back, I do care. We had too many passing attempts that second half. We needed a physical way to pound that defense and we simply were not capable of doing that. What do people do instead of realizing this? You guessed it lets just blame the qb.... lazy. The point here, is that investing heavy resources into finding a replacement for Ryan is both highly expensive and risky. We've already seen what Ryan is capable of. Instead of passing up opportunities to improve the overall team investing in a new quarterback is simply not a good idea. Just like John Elway has done, we need a team that is built well enough and deep enough that's we are not solely dependent upon absolute perfection at one single position. Let's face it, that's basically what people are expecting of Ryan if their view on the 49ers game in the NFC championship is clouded by a mere one or two plays. You can't tell me Ryan was good enough to put us up by three possessions yet somehow was bad enough to lose the entire game for us at the same time. That's talking out of both ends of your mouth. There were probably a couple different reasons why Dirk koetter moved on and why we moved on from him mostly centering around the departure of Mike Smith and those two's loyalty to one another. But again the bottom line is that Matt was a borderline Elite quarterback at times during that period. Sure we can debate labels, I don't care though. The results stated emphatically that during that span Ryan was at bare minimum a top 10 qb. The main complaint was definitely an undeniably our running game. Our inability to convert short-yardage situations on the ground absolutely killed us. And I agree that that needed to be addressed and improved, but it just stands to reason that perhaps we shouldn't have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Above all else, I just don't want to see what's been happening with Ryan over the last year to end up being the final chapter. I only say that because I sincerely believe if this is how it ends, Ryan's career will have been wasted. Our best all time qb, the most consistent and winningest qb ever and it was all in vain. Man I don't want to see that. Let's give it some time, but if they think that they've seen enough evidence to support the fact that this just isn't going to work out like they hoped, I hope they have the balls to admit it, cut our losses, stop the bleeding, and move on.
  19. I thought I'd share an article on how Kyle Shanahan put together his game plan before the game while with the Redskins. the o-line coach is now, of course, Chris Morgan wide receivers coach is Raheem Morris and Tight ends coach is now Wade Harman, but this will hopefully give you an idea of what part of the gameplan that each position coach is responsible for. He still has the RBs coach Bobby Turner and QBs coach Matt LaFluer as you all know. It may answer some question it may not do anything for you, but I thought I'd share the article. "" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; vertical-align: bottom;"> Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan spends at least 18 hours a week watching film to formulate which plays to call in a game. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST) By Barry Svrluga November 12, 2011 The first play the Washington Redskins will run Sunday in Miami will be called by Kyle Shanahan, the team’s offensive coordinator. He will find it on a list, under the heading “1st 16,” in the upper left-hand corner of the white, rectangular sheet he holds on the sideline each week. Against Arizona in Week 2, for instance, it was “19 Wanda Y Sift,” a staple running play. Sunday, it could be that — or one of hundreds of others. Whatever the play, its route to Shanahan’s sheet is both circuitous and orderly. Modern play-calling isn’t an off-the-cuff choice from a grab bag of 300 plays. It is a week-long process rooted not only in the base principles of an offense — in the Redskins’ case, the West Coast, zone-blocking scheme developed by Coach Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. It also is rooted in the perceived weaknesses of an opposing defense and the players available on a given day — with a dash of gut instinct sprinkled in. Kyle Shanahan’s first play? His next play? His last play? They’re not there by accident, and he didn’t select them by himself. “Getting a feel for play-calling, it doesn’t happen overnight,” Mike Shanahan said. “It does take some time. But you got to feel very comfortable, because when you do call plays, you have be able to adjust very quickly.” “You can’t fool coaches,” he added. “Players know. Coaches know. They know if you know what you’re doing, and they know if you don’t know what you’re doing. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, you don’t last very long.” No NFL play-caller is on his own. That first play to be used against the Dolphins was included on a list selected not only by Kyle Shanahan, but by Mike Shanahan and five offensive assistants. The list was developed Monday and Tuesday, two days of intense planning in dark rooms at Redskins Park, the only light provided by flickering monitors showing hours of game tape. Coaches introduced the play to the offense Wednesday, the first day of practice in an NFL week. By Saturday morning, the players learned which play would open the game and walked through it. That one play sits atop the first of a slew of boxes on Kyle Shanahan’s play sheet. It is a grid of football jargon — numbers and letters and made-up words — that is completely orderly to him, lists of specific plays against specific coverages in specific situations, a lifetime of football knowledge on one thin piece of cardboard. “It’s not complicated,” Kyle Shanahan said earlier this month. “It seems complicated when things don’t work.” When things don’t work — as they aren’t currently for the Redskins, who are averaging 11 points per game during a four-game losing streak — every aspect of the offense is subject to discussion. Thus, the way plays are called — a run instead of a pass, a check-down to a back rather than a look deep downfield — has come under scrutiny. ADVERTISING “Pretty comfortable with the play-calling,” Mike Shanahan said a couple of weeks ago. The head coach could say that because the calls aren’t pulled from thin air, nor are they coming simply from the mind of Kyle Shanahan on game day. “I don’t get rattled,” Kyle Shanahan said. “You know what you want to do. You want the players to succeed doing it. The more they do it, you get excited, and it becomes a lot more fun.” Someone to teach you Mike Shanahan called his first play in 1978 for his alma mater, Eastern Illinois. “You had base packages, situations,” Shanahan said. “But it’s nowhere near what it is today.” Offenses and defenses are far more complex than they were when Shanahan coached in college, and when he broke into the NFL in 1984. But one element of coaching is simpler: The way to analyze it all. “Technology’s changed everything,” he said. “It used to take me a whole offseason to get different ideas. Now, you can do it instantaneously.” If Mike or Kyle Shanahan, or anyone on the staff, wanted to see this week what the Dolphins’ defense does in any circumstance — on first down, on third down, in the red zone, when it has an opponent deep in its own territory — he could call up a series of videos that show those situations. The Redskins, like most teams, use a system from a company called XOS Digital that provides information on every play of every game. That video can be sorted by down and distance, by the receiver targeted on a pass, by nearly any situation a coach can think up. “Still,” Mike Shanahan said, “you have to have somebody to teach you.” At 59, Shanahan has had many teachers. One tenet of play-calling he still holds is rooted in a speech he heard when he was in college. The speaker was the man who structured the way plays are called in the West Coast offense: Bill Walsh, then an on-the-rise assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, now in the Hall of Fame. The message: Any good play-caller knows every single aspect of the game. “You have to know defenses inside and out,” Mike Shanahan said. “You got to know fronts. You got to know coverages. You have to know the strengths and the weaknesses of coverages and what attacks different coverages, both in the running game and the passing game.” Shanahan called plays for 18 years in college and the pros before, as the head coach in Denver in 1999, he handed over the responsibility to Gary Kubiak, his offensive coordinator. Kubiak later became the head coach of the Houston Texans. And in 2008 he gave the play-calling duties to a 28-year-old assistant, Kyle Shanahan, who said he had thought about calling plays “my whole life.” The first play Kyle Shanahan called was a pass from Matt Schaub to Kevin Walter, a first down against Pittsburgh. It began the forging of a key relationship for a play-caller — the one with his quarterback. “The quarterback has 10 personalities that he has to deal with on the field,” said wide receiver David Anderson, who joined the Redskins last week after spending the first 51 / 2 years of his career with Houston. “The offensive coordinator, not so much. He has to relate to the quarterback. That’s most important. And Matt and Kyle were like that.” It got to the point in Houston that Kyle Shanahan could call a play, see Schaub get to the line of scrimmage, recognize that the opponent was in the coverage they expected and close his eyes, knowing the pass would be completed. By 2009, the Texans ranked first in passing yards and fourth in total offense. But that first possession against the Steelers ended on fourth and one. Kubiak elected to go for it. Schaub tried a quarterback sneak. He was stuffed. Almost instantly, the Texans were in a 21-0 hole. “All of a sudden, I’m throwing my game plan out the window, and just trying to play catch-up,” Shanahan said. “You do get frustrated during games.” Eighteen hours of film When the Redskins opened the fourth quarter last Sunday against San Francisco, they faced third and 17 from the San Francisco 48. Kyle Shanahan selected just about the only kind of play that had worked all day, a screen pass to running back Roy Helu, who wriggled ahead for 15 yards. Down 16-3, the Redskins had little choice but to go for it on fourth and 2. A key play was about to be called. “I think the way that Kyle teaches us, it all makes sense,” quarterback John Beck said. “There’s a rhythm and a flow to everything. It’s just a matter of us executing it.” The players are aware of what they’ll be expected to execute well in advance. Though unexpected circumstances — changes in coverages, new personnel — can arise, the plays Kyle Shanahan has to choose from on his play-call sheet are meticulously selected during an arduous process conducted largely in isolation on Mondays and Tuesdays. “It takes hours to understand what the defense is doing,” Kyle Shanahan said, “so you got to get into your dark room and watch 18 hours of tape.” Each offensive assistant is responsible for a certain section of what will end up on Shanahan’s game-day chart. Offensive line coach Chris Foerster concentrates on the running game as a whole. The other four have more specific assignments. Running backs coach Bobby Turner is responsible for short-yardage and goal-line situations, as well as first- and second-down plays in the Redskins’ “base” personnel group — two wide receivers, one tight end and two backs. Receivers coach Keenan McCardell concentrates on the two-minute offense, the strike zone (plays run between the opponent’s 20- and 35-yard lines that might take a shot at the end zone) and first- and second-down plays run in the “gator” personnel group — three wide receivers, one tight end and one back. Quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur focuses on third-down plays and those in the “U” personnel group — two tight ends, one wide receiver and two backs.