Goober Pyle Posted November 5, 2015 Share Posted November 5, 2015 http://espn.go.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/17181/falcons-matt-ryan-has-no-issue-dealing-with-criticismFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coming off a bad overtime loss to Tampa Bay and with eight turnovers himself in the last four games, Matt Ryan understands criticism against him continues to mount.Whether it be ex-quarterback Terry Bradshaw saying Ryan needs to go back to quarterback school or ex-defensive back Rodney Harrison saying Ryan is getting worse by the week, that's all part of it for the Atlanta Falcons quarterback."There's no doubt that playing this position garners certain attention," Ryan said. "That's just part of the nature of the sport right now and what it is. But that's outside. That's outside stuff. Inside this locker room, I really feel like it's all of 63 of us -- practice squad guys included -- pulling our weight equally during the week."I get there's going to be criticism. I understand that. I understand that's the nature of playing this spot. And I'm fine with dealing with that. But it comes down to, for me, you can't worry about it. You can't listen to it. It is what it is. We've got to focus on preparation and making sure that we're ready to go week in and week out."Ryan emphasized how offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense is not broken, despite the struggles. The players haven't executed it in recent weeks due to poor decisions by Ryan, bad snaps by the centers, dropped passes by the receivers, fumbles out of the backfield, and just a bad flow all around. A microcosm of the situation is how the Falcons have failed to score a first-quarter touchdown since Devonta Freeman's 16-yard touchdown run against Houston in Week 4. That's four games without a first-quarter touchdown."I think across the board, we'd like to be a little more productive with our opening drives than we've been," Ryan said. "I think across the board, just execution needs to be, from an offensive standpoint, more consistent throughout the entire game."Ryan was asked if running a more up-tempo, no-huddle, fast-paced offense would help rectify some of the issues."I think it's something we talk about every week," Ryan said. "We certainly have the capability to do it. There's open dialogue all the time between the coaching staff, Kyle, myself. Those guys ask all the time for what we think is going to be best for us. And I feel like we've put ourselves in really good positions. We've moved the ball really effectively, offensively. We just haven't finished drives as well as we need to. And for me, that's probably the biggest thing we need to adjust. I don't think it comes from a tempo or anything like that. We operate differently than we did in the past because we're a different offense. But I think we're an offense that has moved it really effectively. We just need to finish drives better."The Falcons (6-2) enter Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers (2-6) ranked fourth in the NFL with an average of 414.8 yards per game, are tied for sixth in scoring at 26.6 points per game, and tied for sixth in red zone offense with a 63.3 percent conversion rate. But they've averaged just 19 points per game in the last four games with 12 turnovers and a 7 of 15 showing in the red zone (47 percent).Maybe the Falcons will get into a flow against a 49ers team that allows 403.8 yards per game, lets opponents convert 65.4 percent conversion in the red zone, and surrenders 25.9 points per game. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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