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Posted Sept. 15, 2010 @ 12:31 p.m. ET

By Dan Parr

It's clear to those in Atlanta that some Falcons fans are growing impatient with QB Matt Ryan, who has yet to take the big step some were expecting after an impressive rookie year in 2008. While GM Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith would no doubt like to see more production from Ryan, we hear they are not disheartened when it comes to the third-year veteran's long-term prospects. Ryan threw 11 interceptions in a six-game span last season — he threw 11 picks in 16 starts as a rookie — and struggled vs. the Steelers in Week One, telegraphing a pass toward WR Roddy White that resulted in an interception late in the fourth quarter. It wasn't an ideal start for a team that is expected to compete for the NFC South title. We're told the Falcons believe Ryan is learning from his mistakes, and the young QB doesn't seem to be losing any confidence.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/09/15/falcons-confident-ryan-is-learning-from-mistakes

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Good to hear. There are obviously some things where Ryan can improve on (especially going through his progressions and hitting the guys who's open, not just Roddy or Gonzo) but I believe in Ryan. What I love about him is that he is a hard worker and never seems to be satisfied with what he is doing. It may take a few games this season, but when its all said and done, I think this season will be Ryan's best in his young career.

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honestly, i would rather not see stuff like this and have him show us on the field. this is year two with gonzo, and he still looks like he is soooo dependent up on him no matter how many defenders are around him. There was a play that sticks out so much against the steelers on 3rd down, gonzo was triple covered, and when they showed the replay, roddy was behind him wideeeeeeeeeeee open..

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honestly, i would rather not see stuff like this and have him show us on the field. this is year two with gonzo, and he still looks like he is soooo dependent up on him no matter how many defenders are around him. There was a play that sticks out so much against the steelers on 3rd down, gonzo was triple covered, and when they showed the replay, roddy was behind him wideeeeeeeeeeee open..

Yeah, the time for all the talk and projections is over.

Falcon fans want to see the results on the field.

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Yeah, the time for all the talk and projections is over.

Falcon fans want to see the results on the field.

Agreed. While (most) everyone expected some stumbling blocks along the way, we have just seen regression. I hope that Ryan is learning, and he hasn't lost his confidence, but until I see it on the field no one will really know for sure.

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Posted Sept. 15, 2010 @ 12:31 p.m. ET

We're told the Falcons believe Ryan is learning from his mistakes, and the young QB doesn't seem to be losing any confidence.

I like that line.

If Ryan could (and he wouldn't) I wish he would tell all of those people who are doubting him to go and take a great, big flying leap and go **** themselves.

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honestly, i would rather not see stuff like this and have him show us on the field. this is year two with gonzo, and he still looks like he is soooo dependent up on him no matter how many defenders are around him. There was a play that sticks out so much against the steelers on 3rd down, gonzo was triple covered, and when they showed the replay, roddy was behind him wideeeeeeeeeeee open..

I remember that play and thought the same thing. WTF Roddy was wide open and a few yards past the first down marker. I didn't really beilieve it before, but Gonzo seems to slowed Ryan's improvement. He's always looking for Gonzo.

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I'm sorry but I just don't see where the critisism of Ryan is coming on these boards after the game Sunday. Sure... he could have played better but overall I thought he had a pretty good game. If anyone (or group I should say) should be getting slammed after last weeks loss it's the o-line. Ryan had people in his face the entire game and on a few occasions actually showed more athleticism than I thought he had by moving out of the pocket and getting rid of the ball to avoid sacks.

The interception was bad but how many times did Mularkey call that SAME EXACT play? Would love to see them fake that throw and send Roddy deep to keep defenses on their heels. If we would have done that Troy doesn't jump the route like he did.

I believe he threw the ball 44 times as well as compared to running the ball 21 times. That is not the balanced offense we need to win games. The running game has to get going to take the pressure off Ryan.

JMHO....

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I dont think Ryan is losing any confidence. I just think he needs to get it through his noggin when to throw a lob pass and when to put some zip behind his throws.

From his rookie year to now, I feel as if Ryan has lost trust in his instincts. Instead he's watching game film of everybody else when he should be doing the things he does best. It is as if football has become tooooo much of a job for him and he's lost the FUN factor of it all.

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I remember that play and thought the same thing. WTF Roddy was wide open and a few yards past the first down marker. I didn't really beilieve it before, but Gonzo seems to slowed Ryan's improvement. He's always looking for Gonzo.

I agree with you on this. I understood the need for TG a lot last season with HD out and Mike "Janky" Jenkins dropping passes.

The passing game is too centered around TG and we need to look more to White, HD, and use TG as the safety valve or decoy. Weems even looked good and deserves to get more chances on off. I think because TG is a future HOF, MM and Ryan feel too obligated to force feed him the ball. TG came to ATL to get in the play-offs not set anymore milestones.

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I dont think Ryan is losing any confidence. I just think he needs to get it through his noggin when to throw a lob pass and when to put some zip behind his throws.

From his rookie year to now, I feel as if Ryan has lost trust in his instincts. Instead he's watching game film of everybody else when he should be doing the things he does best. It is as if football has become tooooo much of a job for him and he's lost the FUN factor of it all.

Really good summation of where I believe Ryan is right now.

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Posted Sept. 15, 2010 @ 12:31 p.m. ET

By Dan Parr

It's clear to those in Atlanta that some Falcons fans are growing impatient with QB Matt Ryan, who has yet to take the big step some were expecting after an impressive rookie year in 2008. While GM Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith would no doubt like to see more production from Ryan, we hear they are not disheartened when it comes to the third-year veteran's long-term prospects. Ryan threw 11 interceptions in a six-game span last season — he threw 11 picks in 16 starts as a rookie — and struggled vs. the Steelers in Week One, telegraphing a pass toward WR Roddy White that resulted in an interception late in the fourth quarter. It wasn't an ideal start for a team that is expected to compete for the NFC South title. We're told the Falcons believe Ryan is learning from his mistakes, and the young QB doesn't seem to be losing any confidence.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/09/15/falcons-confident-ryan-is-learning-from-mistakes

Less than 1½ second watching at Roddy White is telegraphing it.. who the **** is Dan Parr?

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I mentioned it before and will again, we need the field spread by recievers who can get open down field. Until we do, the running game will stiffle and Ryan will have to dink and donk it down the field. Yes, yes, Roddy White had 13 catches but for a mere 111 yards. That is an average of 8.5 per catch. Good numbers for a tight end, not so good for your number one reciever. We are missing a break out, fear instilling number one reciever. This is not all Ryan and Turner's fault, even though Ryan looks lost at times and Turner looks slow to the hole, they are not getting alot of room to work with the defense not fearing any kind of deep threat. That is all.

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Matt Ryan played a very solid game against a pretty relentless Steelers pass rush. I think the offensive line needs to do a better job opening up rushing lanes for Michael Turner, I also think that a wide receiver besides Roddy White needs to become more dependable. Often times Matt Ryan is forced to throw the ball to either Tony Gonzalez or Roddy White even in dangerous situations like the interception he threw Sunday. Harry Douglas played pretty good and Eric Weems made some nice catches on that out route. Matt will only get better as the season goes along, beginning this week against the Cardinals.

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I still feel like some over-reacting over this game... I dont see the regression... I saw a QB playing a great Defense.

Look at Aaron Rogers (19-31 188 yards, 2 TD's, 2 ints) ... Look at Matt Schaub (9-17 107 yards, 1 TD's, 1 ints) ... Joe Flacco (20-38 248 yards, 0 TD's, 1 ints) .

I do think Matt Ryan has to take that next step but i feel like everyone is over-reacting over 1 game.

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I still feel like some over-reacting over this game... I dont see the regression... I saw a QB playing a great Defense.

I do think Matt Ryan has to take that next step but i feel like everyone is over-reacting over 1 game.

Ryan handled himself well. It's the coaching staff that's regressing and Turner, Ryan, Def. and O-line are getting undeserved criticism for a hard fought game.

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Ryan handled himself well. It's the coaching staff that's regressing and Turner, Ryan, Def. and O-line are getting undeserved criticism for a hard fought game.

Im giving probs to the defense and want more from the O-line. Is it really undeserved to ask for more than sub 2 seconds in average to get the ball and release?

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It's important for those around Ryan not to notice a drop in confidence, once a QB starts to show any doubt his career is over. For as much flak as Joey Harrington caught during his career, I still believe he would have been a decent QB had he not had his confidence shattered between the Lions and Dolphins stints, there are other examples like Joey but he's the most recent example of what happens when a QB starts to lose his confidence.

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It's important for those around Ryan not to notice a drop in confidence, once a QB starts to show any doubt his career is over. For as much flak as Joey Harrington caught during his career, I still believe he would have been a decent QB had he not had his confidence shattered between the Lions and Dolphins stints, there are other examples like Joey but he's the most recent example of what happens when a QB starts to lose his confidence.

If he lost any confidence its in the o-line. Every notice when the pocket collaspes around him? He gets happy feet and doesn't keep his eyes downfield. That first down throw to Tony where he actually moved and stepped up into the pocket was a thing of beauty. When the o-line does better, Ryan will do better.

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