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Matt Ryan: Winning a Super Bowl 'motivates me to get out of bed'

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ATLANTA -- Every NFL player's dream is to win a Super Bowl, but Matt Ryan admitted achieving such a goal wasn't at the forefront of his thoughts when he first entered the league.

Ryan, the No. 3 overall pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 draft, was "a little naive" back then regarding the chances of winning a title.

His mindset quickly changed.

"I think after my rookie year was the first time I thought about it," Ryan said. "We got to the playoffs, and we lost to the Cardinals. Then the Cardinals went on to play the Steelers in the Super Bowl. That was the first time I was like, 'Man, we played them tough. I can do this. We can do this.'

"You have the belief from that point. Prior to that, you're not even thinking that way. Then after that playoff game, I really felt like, 'All right, we're right in the mix. We can do this.'"

Eleven years later, Ryan has yet to hoist the Lombardi trophy. That elusive title fuels him daily. He was named the league MVP in 2016. He has won an NFC Championship. He signed a deal worth $30 million per year and $100 million guaranteed in 2018. In the grand scheme, none of those accomplishments compare to owning a Super Bowl title.

Ryan's feelings haven't changed since his rookie season: He firmly believes he can do this.

"It's the No. 1 goal for me," Ryan said of winning a Super Bowl. "It's the ultimate and what motivates me to get out of bed every morning and to try and put in the work as hard as I can, to bring a championship to this city and to our organization. That's what it's all about."

Coming close is never good enough
Ryan doesn't spend too much time dwelling on what happened in 2016 when the Falcons made a run to Super Bowl LI only to blow a 28-3 third-quarter lead in a 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots. That same year, following a 44-21 triumph over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, Ryan got a call from a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.

"The first guy was Peyton [Manning]," Ryan said. "He called me that night and said, 'Hey, man, any help you need, if you need anything, here's how to schedule your week.' He's been great to me."

Ryan also has communicated with Tom Brady, now a six-time Super Bowl champ, over the years.

"I spoke with Tom and texted with Tom, regularly," Ryan said. "He didn't give much of a formula -- just supportive."

Ryan would love to be the one offering advice to others on what it takes to win a Super Bowl. Most believed the Falcons were legit Super Bowl contenders leading into the 2018 season. However, the team placed six starters on injured reserve, losing five of them for the season. The Falcons couldn't fully recover from a 1-4 start, a five-game losing streak in November and December, or the slew of injuries, leading to a 7-9 finish.

"It was really disappointing," Ryan said. "The No. 1 thing was we had opportunities to finish games multiple times throughout the year, and we just fell short with too many opportunities. So that's got to be the No. 1 point of emphasis, in my mind, moving forward, is finding ways to finish teams out. It could be at different times throughout the games, but we've got to find ways to finish."

Looking ahead to 2019
The process of rebuilding for next season already is in full swing. Coach Dan Quinn made drastic changes with the staff, firing offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. While Quinn will take over the defensive playcalling, he hired Dirk Koetter, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and one-time Falcons coordinator, to run the offense once again.

"Dirk, he's an excellent playcaller," Ryan said. "He connects with the guys really well. I think he kind of adjusts to where he's at. What they did in Tampa was different from what he did in Atlanta [the first time], which is different from how they played in Jacksonville. He looks at what you have, and he tries to take what you have and make what you have the best it can be."

Quinn also has begun to reshape the roster, cutting ties with veteran kicker and fan favorite Matt Bryant, starting cornerback Robert Alford and defensive end Brooks Reed. Those moves will clear almost $15.5 million in salary-cap space for 2019, and the Falcons have prioritized signing nose tackle Grady Jarrett to a lucrative contract and reworking wide receiver Julio Jones' deal.

The most significant personnel change, however, could be the return of two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman from a season-ending groin surgery.

"It's huge," Ryan said of getting Freeman back. "He's a great player. Anytime you add a great player back into the mix with a bunch of other guys that are great players, it's a good thing. And he's a dynamic player. He can make things happen in the passing game and in the running game. His ability to cut back, his ability to make people miss, his ability to run with power, all that stuff is good."

Ryan wants to do his part in, perhaps, leading the Falcons back to Super Bowl contention. He posted MVP-like numbers this past season with 4,924 passing yards -- the second-highest total of his career behind the 4,944 during the Super Bowl season -- a 69.4 percent completion percentage, and 35 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Despite those gaudy numbers, Ryan believed he fell short in at least one area, an area he plans to address this offseason.

"I think it's probably trying to find ways to utilize all of our guys the best way we can," Ryan said. "Like I think Hoop [tight end Austin Hooper] did a great job [last] offseason of coming to work, having a clear plan of what he wanted to improve on and how we're going to use him. And I think we can expand his role. But it's doing that same thing with Calvin [Ridley], doing that with Mohamed [Sanu]. Spending individual time with those guys, one-on-one, in that way, I think, is beneficial.

"To me, it makes me a better player when I understand how those guys operate, what they're hearing when I'm talking to them, and what they're saying back to me. I think improving those relationships is, to me, the most important thing."

Ryan plans to spend more time in California with Hooper individually and hopes to do the same with the others mentioned. He already has a good feel for working with his top receiver, Jones, Ryan's teammate since 2011.

While Ryan does his part, the front office has to do its job in securing more talent on the offensive line to protect Ryan and open holes in the running game. The line also has to be addressed on defense to be stouter against the run and better at rushing the passer.

Matt has 'it in his future'
Team owner Arthur Blank told ESPN he believes the Falcons are in "good, competitive shape" to return to the Super Bowl. And at least two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks think Ryan has what it takes to finally win it all.

"I think, certainly, Matt has it," said Joe Theismann, who won Super Bowl XVII with the Washington Redskins. "He's been there, and he's been close. The one that got away, you never know if you're going to get another chance. It's a little bit like Dan Marino.


"But Matt, with the people around him, I think their football team offensively is as good as there is in football. The question is, how well are they going to play defensively? They're in a tough division. But I think Matt certainly has it in his future."

Kurt Warner, who won Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams, pointed to one quality Ryan possesses that could help put the Falcons over the top.

"I think the things I love about Matt is, I believe to be a great quarterback in this league you have to have the ability to make those second-level throws -- what I call 'chunk throws' -- and to be able to make those consistently, and I think Matt does it as well as anyone in the NFL," Warner said.

"We've seen Matt play at an MVP level. We've seen him play in the Super Bowl. But that, to me, is what helps separate him. Not everybody has that ability. Most guys can make the 5-to-10-yard throws. Most guys can make the deep throws. Can you make those medium-range, chunk throws on a consistent basis, and Matt does it as well as anybody."

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10 minutes ago, RLD said:

Matty Choke's 150 million dollar contract is what's gets him out of bed.

It's nice to be one of the alpha dogs in the NFL QB ranks. Being the 12th best QB in the world's history for passing yards is a lucrative gig.

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7 minutes ago, RLD said:

Matty Choke's 150 million is what gets him out of bed. If Ryan has ALL DAY to throw, he is good, but rush him the slightest, he gets those little pitter-patter-feet and he chokes. Then he makes stupid decisions.

Negative ghostrider.

PFF: Matt Ryan leads NFL in passing yards under pressure since 2006

https://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2018/07/03/pff-matt-ryan-leads-nfl-in-passing-yards-under-pressure-since-2006/

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for more yards under pressure than any other QB in the NFL over the last 12 seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.

Ryan’s 9,930 total yards in those situations rank ahead of Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Joe Flacco and Russell Wilson.

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 Matt Ryan is just 70 yards shy of 10,000 passing yards under pressure.

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A lot goes into those numbers but the best QBs in the NFL like Ryan and Wilson all share the ability to anticipate the rush and make a throw before the pressure arrives.

This is an area Ryan has always excelled at, and one of the reasons he’s been so successful for the past decade.

 

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Well Matt, no more excuses now, Sark is gone, Falcons looking to re tool the whole roster, so the excuses are out the window now

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23 minutes ago, RLD said:

Matty Choke's 150 million is what gets him out of bed. If Ryan has ALL DAY to throw, he is good, but rush him the slightest, he gets those little pitter-patter-feet and he chokes. Then he makes stupid decisions.

I'm all for free speech, and getting your opinion out, but you couldn't have just edited your post above this one? They are saying pretty much the same thing, and without the whole article quoted in to boot.

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16 minutes ago, SpongeDad said:

Keeping the lights on and food on the table motivates me to get out of bed :(

Falcons super bowl title motivates me to post on TATF!!!  And also what you said

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1 hour ago, RLD said:

 If Ryan has ALL DAY to throw, he is good, but rush him the slightest, he gets those little pitter-patter-feet and he chokes. Then he makes stupid decisions.

Like throwing a INT in overtime of the NFC championship game? :lol:

 

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44 minutes ago, R_The_Great said:

Well Matt, no more excuses now, Sark is gone, Falcons looking to re tool the whole roster, so the excuses are out the window now

This doesn't make sense.  You are implying that Matt Ryan makes excuses.

Please show us a single, solitary time he's done so.  

Ever. 

 

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19 minutes ago, PokerSteve said:

My main motivation to get out of bed is to find out whether my back will ache less if I'm upright instead of prone. :ninja:

Lol hey that's fair 

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1 hour ago, Geneaut said:

Negative ghostrider.

PFF: Matt Ryan leads NFL in passing yards under pressure since 2006

https://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2018/07/03/pff-matt-ryan-leads-nfl-in-passing-yards-under-pressure-since-2006/

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for more yards under pressure than any other QB in the NFL over the last 12 seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.

Ryan’s 9,930 total yards in those situations rank ahead of Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Joe Flacco and Russell Wilson.

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 Matt Ryan is just 70 yards shy of 10,000 passing yards under pressure.

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A lot goes into those numbers but the best QBs in the NFL like Ryan and Wilson all share the ability to anticipate the rush and make a throw before the pressure arrives.

This is an area Ryan has always excelled at, and one of the reasons he’s been so successful for the past decade.

 

You literally have to in order to play QB for the OLs we’ve had. Matt makes them look better. Despite the beatings he takes.

Granted? If we had a run game they’d help themselves! :tiphat:

Also, just this past season:

There was a point half way into this last season; before the OL unraveled and the run game became worst in the NFL for a stretch, Matt was head and shoulders above every other QB it difficult situational football.

Long 3rd down conversion rates. Rating under pressure, etc etc.

He was doing it with that crappy D causing him to be perfect for us to even have gotten to 4-4 before the wheels came off our OL.

If Ryan wasn’t our QB we don’t win a game in 2018.

Its that bad! We’d need another elite in their prime. Brees would’ve crumbled with our OL. Brady etc.

Only a guy that has the mobility to buy himself time like RW or AR would’ve stood a chance but we’ve seen them decline in seasons they take a beating and can’t be as elusive.

Ryan is the most underrated Falcon in history; among its fans and nationally (read media)...

Players respect Matt though. :)

I can still hear it. “MVP season was a fluke and he is now overrated”

LOL no he earned that MVP with a good team around him. Like most MVP winners!

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2 hours ago, Geneaut said:

It's nice to be one of the alpha dogs in the NFL QB ranks. Being the 12th best QB in the world's history for passing yards is a lucrative gig.

He's trolling brother.  Don't feed him. 

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1 hour ago, Godzilla1985 said:

He's trolling brother.  Don't feed him. 

I know but it has to chap his @ss Matty's rolling in dough cause he's legit, while this guy is trolling on the internet for kicks. I know who I'd rather be.

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