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And this is why I love this guy SOOO much.

Link: http://www.atlantafalcons.com/News/Article...o_09-20-09.aspx

Atlanta -- Matt Ryan completed 78 percent of his passes in a 28-20 victory over Carolina at the Georgia Dome on Sunday and threw for three touchdowns in one half for the first time in his career – both career firsts.

But in hearing the second-year quarterback talk after the game one would not detect anything remotely resembling triumphalism. To the contrary, the perfectionist in him made it sound as if he were disappointed in his performance.

“I think I’ve got a long way to go,” he said when asked to evaluate where he is right now. “Something I learned when I was young is that the tape is never as good as you think it’s going to be and it’s never as bad. So even though you think that you might have completed a lot of passes, there’s still a lot of room for improvement and I see that every Monday when I get in to watch tape. I feel like I’ve been getting better, no question about that, but I feel like I can still can continue to improve and play a lot better than I’m playing right now.”

If that’s the case, then opposing defense should be frightened. Here’s where Ryan stands after two games: The Falcons are 2-0 for the first time since 2006 and Ryan is 43-of-63 (68 percent) for 449 yards with five touchdowns and one interception, which he threw on Sunday.

In the victory over the Panthers, he completed 13 consecutive passes from the 6:09 mark of the second quarter until 13:11 remained in the fourth. During that time period, the Falcons went from trailing by 10-7 to building the lead they would never surrender. He even put his shoulder into the line on two occasions to collect two huge fourth-down conversions on quarterback sneaks.

But in his postgame comments he mentioned a number of times how much work he has to do and how many improvements he and the offense can make. He accepted blame for virtually his lone mistake – the interception, saying he eye-balled intended receiver Marty Booker – and self-deprecatingly called his 9-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White “a duck.”

“It probably wasn’t the first touchdown pass I’ve thrown that wasn’t a tight spiral and it probably won’t be the last,” he said.

When asked about his streak of completions, he said he was unaware of how many it was and deflected credit to his receivers and offensive line.

“It was good rhythm,” he said. “I didn’t know it was 13. It’s a good rhythm. I thought we did a good job of getting open, running our routes at the right depth.

Protection was very good. It was detailed.

“When you’re going to complete a bunch of passes in a row, it requires great concentration by everyone around you: great routes, great protection, guys doing what they’re supposed to do, sight adjustments, all those kinds of things. I felt like we did a pretty good job of that today.”

Insofar as Ryan talked about the need for improvement, he sounded as if he were following the script of Head Coach Mike Smith who said:

“And I can assure you this: When we get back to [the team’s practice facility at] Flowery Branch tomorrow we’ll be talking more about the miscues than the good plays because we have a lot of things we can improve on.”

On the positive side, Smith said Ryan distributed the ball “very well,” as seven receivers caught passes, and credited Ryan for getting “us in and out of some good plays.”

After a Week 1 in which Ryan completed a lower percentage of his passes (61 percent) and failed to connect with an open White on one glaring deep ball and uncharacteristically misconnected a few other times with open receivers, Offensive Coordinator Mike Mularkey said the offense was not “in synch exactly with our timing.”

In that regard, Ryan said the offense showed some improvement.

“I think we were [more in synch],” he said. “We knocked off the opening-game rust, the excitement, everything that goes with that. It’s good to get to Week 2.”

After two games, the Falcons are averaging 23.5 points per game, but they left seven points off the board as a result of two missed field goals and a missed extra point in Week 1.

Thus, the feeling of untapped potential appears to gnaw at Ryan and the rest of the offense with those 13 straight completions standing as a titillating inkling of what could be possible.

“It’s real good for us, man,” White said of the completion streak. “We feel like we can do that a lot. I feel like we got in rhythm at times and at times we took steps back. We can’t do that. I just feel like we haven’t put together that game yet that we need. We’re doing pretty good out there, but we ain’t where we need to be at yet.”

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And this is why I love this guy SOOO much.

Link: http://www.atlantafalcons.com/News/Article...o_09-20-09.aspx

Atlanta -- Matt Ryan completed 78 percent of his passes in a 28-20 victory over Carolina at the Georgia Dome on Sunday and threw for three touchdowns in one half for the first time in his career – both career firsts.

But in hearing the second-year quarterback talk after the game one would not detect anything remotely resembling triumphalism. To the contrary, the perfectionist in him made it sound as if he were disappointed in his performance.

“I think I’ve got a long way to go,” he said when asked to evaluate where he is right now. “Something I learned when I was young is that the tape is never as good as you think it’s going to be and it’s never as bad. So even though you think that you might have completed a lot of passes, there’s still a lot of room for improvement and I see that every Monday when I get in to watch tape. I feel like I’ve been getting better, no question about that, but I feel like I can still can continue to improve and play a lot better than I’m playing right now.”

If that’s the case, then opposing defense should be frightened. Here’s where Ryan stands after two games: The Falcons are 2-0 for the first time since 2006 and Ryan is 43-of-63 (68 percent) for 449 yards with five touchdowns and one interception, which he threw on Sunday.

In the victory over the Panthers, he completed 13 consecutive passes from the 6:09 mark of the second quarter until 13:11 remained in the fourth. During that time period, the Falcons went from trailing by 10-7 to building the lead they would never surrender. He even put his shoulder into the line on two occasions to collect two huge fourth-down conversions on quarterback sneaks.

But in his postgame comments he mentioned a number of times how much work he has to do and how many improvements he and the offense can make. He accepted blame for virtually his lone mistake – the interception, saying he eye-balled intended receiver Marty Booker – and self-deprecatingly called his 9-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White “a duck.”

“It probably wasn’t the first touchdown pass I’ve thrown that wasn’t a tight spiral and it probably won’t be the last,” he said.

When asked about his streak of completions, he said he was unaware of how many it was and deflected credit to his receivers and offensive line.

“It was good rhythm,” he said. “I didn’t know it was 13. It’s a good rhythm. I thought we did a good job of getting open, running our routes at the right depth.

Protection was very good. It was detailed.

“When you’re going to complete a bunch of passes in a row, it requires great concentration by everyone around you: great routes, great protection, guys doing what they’re supposed to do, sight adjustments, all those kinds of things. I felt like we did a pretty good job of that today.”

Insofar as Ryan talked about the need for improvement, he sounded as if he were following the script of Head Coach Mike Smith who said:

“And I can assure you this: When we get back to [the team’s practice facility at] Flowery Branch tomorrow we’ll be talking more about the miscues than the good plays because we have a lot of things we can improve on.”

On the positive side, Smith said Ryan distributed the ball “very well,” as seven receivers caught passes, and credited Ryan for getting “us in and out of some good plays.”

After a Week 1 in which Ryan completed a lower percentage of his passes (61 percent) and failed to connect with an open White on one glaring deep ball and uncharacteristically misconnected a few other times with open receivers, Offensive Coordinator Mike Mularkey said the offense was not “in synch exactly with our timing.”

In that regard, Ryan said the offense showed some improvement.

“I think we were [more in synch],” he said. “We knocked off the opening-game rust, the excitement, everything that goes with that. It’s good to get to Week 2.”

After two games, the Falcons are averaging 23.5 points per game, but they left seven points off the board as a result of two missed field goals and a missed extra point in Week 1.

Thus, the feeling of untapped potential appears to gnaw at Ryan and the rest of the offense with those 13 straight completions standing as a titillating inkling of what could be possible.

“It’s real good for us, man,” White said of the completion streak. “We feel like we can do that a lot. I feel like we got in rhythm at times and at times we took steps back. We can’t do that. I just feel like we haven’t put together that game yet that we need. We’re doing pretty good out there, but we ain’t where we need to be at yet.”

I'm not trying to nitpic, but jesus christ that is a horrible sentence. lol.

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Similar article on the same topic, but also a pretty good read: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/12237502

ATLANTA -- If a team scores 28 points, the quarterback throws three touchdown passes and doesn't get an opponent close to his jersey, and the star runner goes over 100 yards, you'd think they'd be celebrating in the locker room after the game.

Tony Gonzalez is paying immediate dividends for the Falcons. The TE has 12 catches and two TDs after two games. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons weren't exactly doing a dance in their locker room Sunday. And there's a reason.

To a man, they said it's because there were too many little things that prevented what could have been a truly special day -- a second consecutive week that has happened.

• Falcons 28, Panthers 20

"We left too much out there," tight end Tony Gonzalez said.

The Falcons beat the Carolina Panthers 28-20 at the Georgia Dome, despite having two turnovers, one inside the red zone, and a handful of penalties that seemed to make them get out of synch on offense at times.

"Man, it's crazy to think how good we can be," Falcons receiver Roddy White said.

Here's how good they will be by November: Right up there with any offense in the league, including that of division rival, New Orleans, a team that has scored 93 points in two games.

When the two teams meet for the first time on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Superdome, the motto of the game might be an easy one: First one to 45 wins.

The Falcons, who are 2-0, haven't come close to that yet, but you can see it coming. They have the running game to mash a team, but they also have the next big thing at quarterback in Matt Ryan.

He was efficient Sunday as he threw for 220 yards and completed 21 of 27 passes, including three first-half touchdown passes. At one point, Ryan completed 13 consecutive passes during the third and fourth quarters. He didn't have an incomplete pass in the third quarter, going 8 for 8 for 53 yards. The Falcons didn't score in the quarter, only because running back Michael Turner lost a fumble at the Carolina 8.

"We feel like we can get a lot better," Ryan said. "We left points out there. We have to tighten that stuff up."

Ryan spoke moments after being surrounded in the locker room by a group of teenagers who were allowed to come in and meet him. That was as surrounded as he was all day. Ryan was not sacked against a solid Carolina front that included Julius Peppers and his $18 million contract.

"I don't think I got touched," Ryan said.

It was if a seven-on-seven drill broke out at times. Ryan threw touchdown passes to Gonzalez, Jason Snelling and White in the first half.

The addition of Gonzalez really puts this offense over the top. The Falcons completed 19 passes to their tight ends last season, which was a league low. In two games, Gonzalez has 12 catches, two for touchdowns.

But it's more than the numbers. On one route, he had a pass interference penalty called on his defender, leading to another score. His ability to get doubled in the middle of the field helps open up things for the outside passing game, which hasn't entirely clicked just yet this season.

"He is one of the best players in the league and certainly one of the best tight ends of all time," Ryan said. "He was a huge pick up for us."

You think?

White, who went to the Pro Bowl last season, had six catches Sunday, including the 17-yard touchdown catch, but the 8.8 yards per catch shows that he and the outside passing game hasn't yet hit stride.

"It's just the little things for us," Gonzalez said as he dressed at his locker. "We have a chance to be one of those really explosive offenses. But it will take cleaning up the little things."

The Falcons are kind of caught in the middle of a transition of sorts. They were a strong run-oriented team last season with Turner running for 1,699 yards and Ryan starting as a rookie.

They still want to run it, but with Ryan developing more and more confidence and that skilled group of receivers to go with Gonzalez, they can also throw it if they have to do so. The running game took time to get going against the Panthers, with Turner getting 32 yards in the third half. He finished with 105 as the Falcons helped open up the run with Ryan's perfect third quarter.

Ryan has more freedom at the line this season than he did last year. He checks in and out of the right plays and White raved about his ability to do so.

"He knows that offense like he's been around it for 10 years," White said.

The Falcons offense might need to be explosive. The defense played well in the season-opening victory over the Miami Dolphins, but the Panthers pushed the defense around. Carolina rolled up 440 yards of total offense. Jake Delhomme, who was coming off a horrible five-interception game against Philadelphia in Carolina's opener, played much better by completing 25 of 41 passes for 308 yards. He was picked off once, thanks to a big late-game theft by Chris Houston as Carolina threatened to tie the game with just over two minutes left.

What made it look even worse is Carolina ran for 144 yards and there were a lot of missed tackles. At times, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart played pinball with Atlanta tacklers.

That leads me to think this will be a team involved in a lot of shootouts, which could make for some fun, entertaining games.

That might start next week at New England. The Falcons can really stake a claim as being an elite team if they can go to Foxboro and win to get to 3-0, which they haven't been since 2004, but to do so they'll probably need to get into the 30s. New England will be a tough defense for an Atlanta team that doesn't have great cover people.

The Patriots were considered to be the league's most explosive offenses heading into the season, but they might be the second best on the field next Sunday -- if Atlanta can work through the little mistakes.

The Falcons can run it if they have to control the clock if that's the approach they decide to take or they can set Ryan free if that's needed. There aren't a lot of teams that can do both, which is why this is an offense that will be just like many of the offensive players say it will become, which is scary come November.

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