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Training camp preview: Matt Ryan must be stabilizing force in new era


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Steady-as-they-come franchise quarterback needs captain Arthur Smith's ship well getting offense up to speed

Jul 15, 2021 at 12:06 PM
 
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The Falcons have had the stability under center most NFL franchises can only dream about. They hit huge drafting franchise quarterback Matt Ryan way back in 2008, plugged him right into the starting lineup left him there without second thought.

Yeah. He has been that good for that long.

Ryan's stats have consistently gone off the charts. His win totals have been typically high, with a 113-92 record as a starter and six playoff appearances including a Super Bowl berth. Sailing, however, hasn't always been smooth.

The Falcons have fallen on harder times and Ryan's getting up there in age, leading many to wonder whether the Falcons should pick a quarterback of the future heading into this year's NFL Draft.

 

That didn't happen. Passers went 1, 2, 3 and then the Falcons used the fourth pick on dynamic tight end Kyle Pitts. They're ready to roll with Ryan again in 2021 and likely beyond considering his contract status, recent restructure and the simple fact that he keeps producing.

A Ryan-Arthur Smith partnership could be particularly fruitful, considering the new head coach's respected and creative offensive scheme. It's also well balanced, a feature that has allowed Ryan to thrive in years past. He can put a team on his back and tally yards and points, but that doesn't always pile victories high.
 
Last season makes that case and point. Ryan led the league in completed passes (407) and attempts (626) during a 4-12 season. He has exceeded 600 attempts the last three years, and the Falcons have finished below .500 each time. That shouldn't suggest causation. It's brought up here to suggest sole reliance on Ryan isn't a recipe for victory. Offensive balance and defensive improvement must help the overall product.

 

Ryan can, however, captain a well-made ship. He'll helm Smith's first season, likely the second and maybe beyond, considering the Falcons don't even have a developmental prospect as his backup. A.J. McCarron's in that role with Felipe Franks behind him, though the 53-man roster might not accommodate a third quarterback.

Ryan's the one constant around here, through coach and roster turnover. He has been through several scheme installations in his career. Coordinators have essentially been a revolving door with a new one coming again in 2021. Ryan learning Smith's scheme and executing it well will be key for the entire team as it tries for better. He has to be well ahead of the curve to maximize this training camp time.

He'll be the offensive tone setter, someone to apply professionalism and calm in stressful situations. Getting some time to work would help him out. He has been sacked 40-plus times in each season of this three-year lull, an occurrence that only happened once in 11 years before that. Getting this line in order, especially with Matt Hennessy likely taking over at center, will be key in that effort.

This camp is also important preparing for life after Julio Jones, who was traded to Tennessee last month. Ryan still has familiar, reliable options in Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. He has work to do enriching the chemistry built with Pitts during the offseason program.

In general, Ryan must be a rock for a team still in some transition and inspire confidence in those around him. If he's as good as ever, gets better from those around him and rekindles his fourth-quarter magic, this Falcons team may surprise some folks.

 

 

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Matt Ryan must of lost both of his arms and his brain with how the so called experts make him out to be. When you have Koetter or even Sark calling plays in the NFL, you will look like a below average QB.  Ryan has a pro play caller again that actually values a running game

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Right or wrong, there's going to be a **** ton of heat on Matt to play well this season. Sad as it may sound, there are a lot of Falcons QB@4 fans who will be waiting for him to have bad games so they can try to suggest they were right to have wanted to replace him. And more than a few national NFL writers and talking heads, as well. I'm not saying that fans will be hoping he fails, but watch what happens in the game threads when he throws a pick or takes a sack. You'd swear they will be happy when things go wrong.

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8 minutes ago, Jesus said:

Let's be realistic. Jones has not been an every day player at training camp for quite some time.

Seeing Julio at Titans OTAs was a gut punch. Not because he was in another uniform, but because he made sure to miss all of ours when he was in Atlanta. I'll bet he doesn' t miss a single practice this season.

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4 minutes ago, JayOzOne said:

Seeing Julio at Titans OTAs was a gut punch. Not because he was in another uniform, but because he made sure to miss all of ours when he was in Atlanta. I'll bet he doesn' t miss a single practice this season.

To be fair to Julio, he is learning a whole new playbook and franchise.  He'll use it to develop repoire with the other players and coaches that he isnt familiar with.

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7 minutes ago, JayOzOne said:

Seeing Julio at Titans OTAs was a gut punch. Not because he was in another uniform, but because he made sure to miss all of ours when he was in Atlanta. I'll bet he doesn' t miss a single practice this season.

I am shocked Julio showed up with out wanting a new contract. I give him 6 games he will play this year

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Josh Andrews is legitimately worse than Carpenter. So our LG spot is in a worse position than last year unless Mayfield can somehow win the spot. Mayfield is raw even for a rookie at this point so that seems unlikely 

we need Smith to work some magic like he did with a few Titans OL 

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18 minutes ago, Dirtybird56 said:

Josh Andrews is legitimately worse than Carpenter. So our LG spot is in a worse position than last year unless Mayfield can somehow win the spot. Mayfield is raw even for a rookie at this point so that seems unlikely 

we need Smith to work some magic like he did with a few Titans OL 

Nothing was worse than Carpetdoor. I think he got a negative PFF rating. 

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50 minutes ago, ryanchilled said:

Matt Ryan must of lost both of his arms and his brain with how the so called experts make him out to be. When you have Koetter or even Sark calling plays in the NFL, you will look like a below average QB.  Ryan has a pro play caller again that actually values a running game

I think this right here is not only big for the offense but big for the team.  A run game will not only help the oline, QB and WRs, it will also help the defense.  We know it's going to take some time to get the new defensive scheme in place and to get the right personnel to deploy it properly.  Controlling the clock should only help with that transition.

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Funny they brought up the 4th quarter magic, Ryan was pulling wins out his *** but notta since what 2018?

I see tons of intermediate passes to Pitts/Hurst/Davis  2 step drops, bet a wooden nickel he has a few 80% completion games.

Dont forget how good Ryan was with his footwork and play fakes during 2015 -16, with associated play action. That has to be coming back along with no huddle usage. Smith may just let him call at line without no huddle.

Heres hoping we drive defenses crazy with those 2 steps, and the play action neutralizes the gaping hole at LG and center.

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