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Matt Ryan focuses on getting in better shape

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is getting ready for a big year by, well, getting a little bigger.

“Every year, I try and pick a couple of things that I’d like to do better,” Ryan told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “One of the things this year is getting in a little-bit better shape and better condition going into the season.”

Ryan hopes that, by being in better shape when the season starts, he’ll have more in the tank when the season ends.

“[I’m] ready to be strong in December and January,” Ryan said.  “I want to be able to play my best football at that time.  That’s one of the things I’ve tried to figure out and analyze myself; how do I get myself to be playing my very best, when your very best is needed.  I’m still working on getting there.”

Ryan has led the Falcons to four straight winning seasons.  But the Falcons under Ryan are 0-3 in the playoffs.

As he prepares for his fifth NFL season, Ryan’s regimen includes hitting the weights.

“I think we’re off to a good start,” Ryan said.  “It’s weight training, getting in there and training with weights.  It’s learning to condition myself in the way that we play football and in a way that is productive to how we are playing football.”

And so, come Week One, there’s a chance that folks who show up for the game will wonder why Ed Hochuli is wearing a Falcons uniform.

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45 Responses to “Matt Ryan focuses on getting in better shape”
  1. bmorethansteel says: May 12, 2012 10:31 PM

    Ryan should focus on getting better period

  2. rickastleydancemoves says: May 12, 2012 10:45 PM

    I suggest you drop the “Matty Ice” nickname until you win 1 playoff game as well.

  3. gards81 says: May 12, 2012 10:50 PM

    That’s something I would have thought he’d say coming into is rookie season…

  4. valcomm5 says: May 12, 2012 10:50 PM

    If you are asking yourself, ” how do i get myself to be playing my very best, when your very best is needed”, then get out of the game!!! You’ve been here long enough to know!!!

  5. hines86for6 says: May 12, 2012 10:51 PM

    Good one, Florio!

  6. santolonius says: May 12, 2012 10:52 PM

    i want to believe the falcons are close, but the final scores from their last two playoff games say otherwise. i’m glad ryan is taking it on himself, because without that attitude from him they lose… but i can’t help feeling their true weakness is a lack of elite talent on the D line.

  7. gunndlewittlebaum says: May 12, 2012 10:55 PM

    Let’s say you just concentrate on winning a playoff game. That should take up all your time, Ry-Ry.

  8. woodyg says: May 12, 2012 10:55 PM

    Meg Ryan is just not an elite QB & never will be no matter how many ‘new’ off-season improvements he makes.

    Entering his 5th season & “now” he decides to get into tip-top shape. Oh boy, somehow if I were a Falcon fan I might be abit concerned about my ‘franchise’ QB.

  9. jacobslatter says: May 12, 2012 10:58 PM

    Woulda have liked his strength to be better these last 4 years to, you know, throw a better deep ball. Total Top Ramensville.

  10. dogluverssuck says: May 12, 2012 11:03 PM

    So basically you took the 72 million and never took off season weight training serious.

    Hey Matty Ice where are all those post Vick playoff wins :)

  11. kayotiicdat says: May 12, 2012 11:03 PM

    2 points

  12. pilot2011 says: May 12, 2012 11:20 PM

    fatty ice

  13. kinguga says: May 12, 2012 11:25 PM

    Ryan’s got a similar build to Tom Brady. Brady didn’t really get the deep ball going until he hit 26 or 27, which happens to coincide with the time when he started to do some weight training and probably got his man-strength. I hope Ryan sees the same results.

  14. doe22us says: May 12, 2012 11:28 PM

    Lol, that last line.

  15. cannonballdookie says: May 12, 2012 11:29 PM

    He should focus on controlling his bowels so he doesn’t crap himself when playoffs start.

  16. deadeye says: May 12, 2012 11:34 PM

    Atlanta will go 9-7 this season and Mike Smith will be fired.

  17. hulkhogansays says: May 12, 2012 11:37 PM

    He needs to eat his vitamins and say his prayers…and quit the checkdowns, brother.

  18. brenenostler says: May 12, 2012 11:41 PM

    Underrated QB in my opinion.

  19. dogluverssuck says: May 13, 2012 12:13 AM

    I just want to know where are all those so called experts that took 2002 & 2004 for granted when the Falcons last won playoff games for granted.

    I recall those same people were saying Vick was not a real qb, yet he still owns the last playoff wins in the Falcons last 10 years.

    So who is the “real” qb Atlanta?

  20. hotcopperwire says: May 13, 2012 12:24 AM

    Matt should focus on reading the comments listed above and learning from them. No better advice can come from fat losers that have nothing better to do on a Saturday night than critique a professional athlete’s skill set. Seriously, do you not feel like a bag of douche juice when you point out the shortcomings of a pro athlete?

  21. floridaboy619 says: May 13, 2012 12:40 AM

    LOL he’s just now realizing one of the steps it takes to be one of the best?

  22. bullpuppy552 says: May 13, 2012 12:46 AM

    There are elite QBs and then there is Matt Ryan. He just doesn’t have it. He may be solid but he’s not great.

  23. skolvikesskol says: May 13, 2012 12:48 AM

    Above avg qb for life… By yhe time hes 30 he will make a great backup/mentor. He cant carry a team like elite qbs… Great guy, good player, maybe he’ll get lucky and another superstar will help him get over the hump.

  24. jus10jonez says: May 13, 2012 1:32 AM

    All the people that hate on Ryan are the same ones who praise Flacco, yet Ryan has put up better numbers consistently. Exactly how is it Ryan’s fault his defense is giving up over 21 points in his playoff appearances? The zero offensive points in the playoff loss to the giants is on him, but you guys make him sound like JaMarcus Russell

  25. daknight93 says: May 13, 2012 2:10 AM

    It had taking him this long to figure that out..getting in better shape, ok…but the noodle arm will stay the same..either you naturally have a strong arm or not…weights won’t help

  26. donny1rodriguez says: May 13, 2012 2:40 AM

    Ryan’s got a similar build to Tom Brady. Brady didn’t really get the deep ball going until he hit 26 or 27, which happens to coincide with the time when he started to do some weight training and probably got his man-strength. I hope Ryan sees the same results.
    ————

    cause that’s likely…

  27. crabboil says: May 13, 2012 2:53 AM

    Matty Spice…

  28. blondebombr says: May 13, 2012 3:33 AM

    Objectively speaking, she just might be the worst QB in her division.

    If I have to start a team today to run for the next 3 years, and my choices are the NFC South QBs, I’d go in this order:

    1. Drew Brees
    2. Cam Newton.
    (drop off)
    3. Josh Freeman
    4. Meg Ryan

    *Note, I’m not a Saints, Panthers nor Bucs fan.

  29. jdandcoke says: May 13, 2012 6:30 AM

    if my giants could draw matty “ice” and the falcons every year in the playoffs until he retires….id be one happy dude.

  30. randallflagg52 says: May 13, 2012 8:30 AM

    I don’t believe Joe Flacco gets so much hate from the national media, yet Matt Ryan gets so much love. Ryan’s stats are very average considering the fact he is playing with a future HOF tight end, a RB who shoulders more than his fair share of the load, Julio Jones (kind of overrated) and a four time pro bowler wide out.

    All Flacco does is win and he gets bashed when the Ravens lose, yet Ryan gets a pass for some reason. Doesn’t make sense to me, especially when you consider Baltimore was a 5-11 team before Joe Cool (way more deserved than “Matty Ice”) took over. Give Flacco Roddy White and a halfway competent coordinator and he’d be an all pro.

  31. ravenfan820 says: May 13, 2012 8:35 AM

    jus10jonez says:
    May 13, 2012 1:32 AM
    All the people that hate on Ryan are the same ones who praise Flacco, yet Ryan has put up better numbers consistently. Exactly how is it Ryan’s fault his defense is giving up over 21 points in his playoff appearances? The zero offensive points in the playoff loss to the giants is on him, but you guys make him sound like JaMarcus Russell

    so Matty Ice is o-3 in the playoffs and Flacco has at least one playoff win in each of his first four seasons……hhhhhmmmmm

  32. ravenator says: May 13, 2012 8:58 AM

    Flacco > Ryan

  33. beckzhere says: May 13, 2012 9:06 AM

    Is Matt Ryan in the exclusive “elite” class? No.
    Is he better than majority of the other starting QB’s? Absolutely.

  34. 1historian says: May 13, 2012 9:13 AM

    He’s got tons of talent and he’s great during the season

    BUT: He’s 0-3 when it counts. And that’s ALL that counts.

  35. neauxgeaux44 says: May 13, 2012 9:48 AM

    How is news about an average QB and below average team interesting enough to publish?

  36. lorddarkhelmet says: May 13, 2012 10:01 AM

    I don’t think weight training is going to do it. He needs to take s page out if the Manning playbook and study film till his eyes bleed. After that work with your coordinator to find ways to tweek your offense to take advantage of other teams weaknesses. Atlanta’s running game will not be getting better as the rbs are getting old.

  37. dzor22 says: May 13, 2012 10:25 AM

    Hate all you want. all of you ‘experts’ Most teams would love to have him. He and this team have a great winning pct in regular season and post season will soon follow. We’re just getting started. Take Cam Newton, Josh Freeman and their losing records; as well as those Saints low lifes and suck it! Go Falcons!!

  38. dogluverssuck says: May 13, 2012 10:27 AM

    It takes brains to win in the playoffs. How much more talent does he need to surround him? They have way more talent than Vick had when he became the first qb to beat Brett Favre on the road in the playoffs.

    However, Matty Ice did become the first Falcons qb to not go worst to first, a feat that had been done every year since the realignment.

    Oh yeah, those ZERO points in the playoffs is classic :)

  39. teal379 says: May 13, 2012 11:13 AM

    jus10jonez says:May 13, 2012 1:32 AM

    All the people that hate on Ryan are the same ones who praise Flacco, yet Ryan has put up better numbers consistently. Exactly how is it Ryan’s fault his defense is giving up over 21 points in his playoff appearances? The zero offensive points in the playoff loss to the giants is on him, but you guys make him sound like JaMarcus Russell

    ********************************************

    Ignoring what the Packers did (because that was a brutal game for the Falcons – they blew up ATL worse than Sherman), even if your D gives up 21 points a game – it’s not unrealistic to ask that your QB with the talent he has there get to the endzone more than 3x in 60 minutes. Heck get close enough to score a FG from time to time.

    That’s the problem – Ryan’s reaped the rewards of the praise heaped on him but has done little to objectivley earn them. It’s time to earn that press – it’s not about what you HOPE to do or what you THINK will happen. 5 years dude, FIVE – time to produce, time to LEAD and WIN the only games that matter. Wins in January.

  40. nawlinssaints1956 says: May 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    Matt Ryan and Mike Smith – a less than dynamic duo that will continue to underachieve, ensuring the Saints dominance of the NFC South…

  41. cannonballdookie says: May 13, 2012 11:53 AM

    It’s funny that he seems to escape all the same criticism that Tony Romo receives when Romo has been a better QB. The playoff wins should come for both of them at some point, but Ryan just hasn’t been good in playoffs. He has more than enough weapons. I’d like to see them meet up with Dallas so one of them can finally win.

  42. camdenyard says: May 13, 2012 11:54 AM

    Flacco has 5 playoff wins in his four seasons and two AFC championship appearances. More wins in his first 4 seasons than any QB in history. End of debate.

  43. zack2482 says: May 13, 2012 1:10 PM

    Not Elite and the nick name doesn’t match but he is still better than Vick.

  44. daknight93 says: May 13, 2012 1:15 PM

    falcons are regular season success team, but when the postseason begin..they choke as usual 0-3 in playoffs and last playoff win falcons had was coached by jim mora jr…yuck!

  45. kgun80 says: May 13, 2012 1:34 PM

    The Jags have done more for the Falcons than anything else they could do for themselves! Now that Mike Mularkey and his terrible play calling are gone you’ll see an improvement … As a Bills fan I saw first hand how dumb he was, you may not remember this but the last time the Bills had a chance to be a playoff team, he called a bootleg with Drew Bledsoe, enough said.

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