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Matt Ryan: We never really owned offense until late in season.

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The Falcons started the season 6-1, but things took a turn for the worse at that point as they lost six straight games to fall out of serious playoff contention.

Turnovers were a big issue during the losing streak with the Falcons giving the ball away 16 times in those seven games, leading to questions about quarterback Matt Ryan’s play and the offense’s overall comfort in their first season with coordinator Kyle Shanahan calling the plays.

During a Wednesday appearance on PFT Live, Ryan didn’t disagree with the latter opinion. He said that it took until the end of the season for the team to take ownership of the offense.

“I think anytime you transition in terms of your offense, there’s going to be a learning curve for everybody — myself included,” Ryan said. “I think we had more opportunities than people think. The difference between wins and losses oftentimes is four or five plays. I thought we picked up the offense pretty well, but we never really owned it. That’s a thing I think we did better later in the year. I think guys got more comfortable and we owned it. In the game-ending situations where we had to make four or five plays, we made them.”

Ryan also discussed Roddy White’s complaints about his usage in the offense, saying that he wants receivers that want the ball and that he didn’t think White’s comments were part of the reason for the offensive struggles. To watch all of Ryan’s appearance on the show, check out the video below.

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20 Responses to “Matt Ryan: We never really owned offense until late in season.”
  1. chc4 says: Feb 3, 2016 3:40 PM

    Fact: Ryan was below average last year. Threw some picks that were totally inexcusable and directly led to losses (Indy,@TB, Minny, Saints games). It was like groundhog day every Sunday. Had nothing to do with not understanding the system. Pretty sure the OC doesn’t want you to throw it right to the LB that’s squatting 2 yards past the line of scrimmage. That’s not a system problem, that’s a QB problem. Sick of the excuses. If Ryan stinks again in ’16 the Falcons seriously must think about starting over at that position.

  2. fumblenuts says: Feb 3, 2016 3:55 PM

    Some guys plateau in the NFL at the position they play. He just happens to be one of them.

  3. jjb0811 says: Feb 3, 2016 3:59 PM

    Wish my boss would pay me $10m+ to not ‘own’ my job for most of the year.

  4. suhmonster90 says: Feb 3, 2016 4:04 PM

    Kyle Shanahan always starts the season with a bang then teeters off mid season. This explains it, once his stamp has been firmly placed on a team the offense struggles.

  5. fwippel says: Feb 3, 2016 4:06 PM

    The Falcons fall after their tops in the conference record back in 2012 has always mystified me. They have not come close to matching that success since, despite having the same nucleus of players.

    Ryan continues to make far too many mistakes for a veteran QB. With eight seasons under his belt, what you see is what you get. If the Falcons have a chance to start over at that position in the draft (with a QB they like), it might be worth considering. There are still plenty of teams out there who would pay a premium for Ryan’s services, and perhaps a change of scenery would be best for him and the Falcons.

  6. zwhateverz says: Feb 3, 2016 4:14 PM

    But I thought Matt Ryan was “elite?”

  7. reprob8 says: Feb 3, 2016 4:18 PM

    Unfortunately, Arthur Blank’s GM & his ego got caught up in the $100M QB signing frenzy when Ryan had yet to prove himself worthy. Now that time has passed it’s apparent that his contract, keeping the GM & bringing in an underachieving OC were all HUGE mistakes.

    I hope that Ryan and the offense will pull it together otherwise the Falcons will be making more ill-advised signings to try to spur interest in a woeful team moving into a shiny new stadium.

  8. packmanfan says: Feb 3, 2016 4:22 PM

    I don’t understand this excuse at all. They start out awesome which means the offense was clicking on par and on all cylinders and then somehow it all falls apart because they have more to learn?
    What does that mean?
    They all of a sudden forgot plays or what position they were supposed to be in?

  9. ravensfan56 says: Feb 3, 2016 4:28 PM

    The Atlanta Falcons is a cursed franchise. It’s a franchise that lacks a supportive fanbase. It’s a fanbase that experiences mediocrity on a yearly basis. Lastly, it’s a franchise with an overrated quarterback by the name of Matt Ryan.

  10. ravensfan56 says: Feb 3, 2016 4:28 PM

    The Atlanta Falcons is a cursed franchise. It’s a franchise that lacks a supportive fanbase. It’s a franchise that experiences mediocrity on a yearly basis. Lastly, it’s a franchise with an overrated quarterback by the name of Matt Ryan.

  11. chc4 says: Feb 3, 2016 4:57 PM

    The Atlanta Falcons is a cursed franchise. It’s a franchise that lacks a supportive fanbase. It’s a franchise that experiences mediocrity on a yearly basis. Lastly, it’s a franchise with an overrated quarterback by the name of Matt Ryan.
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    You must be a product of Baltimore public schools. It’s been years since the Falcons didn’t have a sellout. Then you contradict yourself by saying the team is never any good. Why should a fan base support a team that gives them lousy results every year? When Jacksonville plays in half empty stadiums during all these 11+ loss seasons that’s actually the sign of an intelligent fan base. I sure wouldn’t waste my hard earned money on that.

  12. chc4 says: Feb 3, 2016 5:02 PM

    The Falcons fall after their tops in the conference record back in 2012 has always mystified me. They have not come close to matching that success since, despite having the same nucleus of players.
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    Not a mystery at all. Every player the Falcons drafted in 2012 is out of the league today. That’s remarkable.
    The ’13 draft produced two starting CBs but nothing else. Nine picks in the ’14 drafted yielded Jake Matthews and Devonta Freeman but nothing else.

    If you go back even further, no players drafted by the Falcons in 2010 are still on the team. And from ’11 it’s just Julio Jones and the Matt Bosher (who is actually a really good punter).

    Only thing that mystifies me is how Thomas Dimitroff is still employed.

  13. ravensfan56 says: Feb 3, 2016 5:09 PM

    Overrated!

  14. ermur221 says: Feb 3, 2016 5:19 PM

    The main problem with the Falcons is their starting QB, NOT the system. They went 5-1 with the very same system, season started to fall apart when Ryan began to struggle. That was plain to see for anyone with eyes! He better step up next year or he’s gonna be looking for a new job.

  15. queenlivekillers says: Feb 3, 2016 5:31 PM

    If you didn’t feel comfortable with the offense until late in the season, shouldn’t you have played better than you did earlier, when you weren’t comfortable?

  16. hairdownthere says: Feb 3, 2016 5:34 PM

    Natty whatever, most overrated QB in the NFL. Relevant only to Falcon fans, forgotten by everyone else.

  17. jgedgar70 says: Feb 3, 2016 5:35 PM

    If it was the end of the year before they “owned” the offense, wouldn’t they have started 2-7 and ended 6-1, instead of the other way around?

    The only threat to the Panthers in the NFCS for the next decade is the Bucs.

  18. All-American Voltron says: Feb 3, 2016 6:37 PM

    If that’s the case they should introduce a brand new offense every 8 games because once Matt Ryan starts to “own it” he starts throwing interceptions in the endzone on every drive.

  19. sarentack says: Feb 3, 2016 8:05 PM

    The 6-1 record was nothing more than a glitch because they faced horrible competition and barely escaped those games, matter of fact they were behind in most of them going into the 4th qtr and needed miracle comebacks. Wasnt the Falcons 1-5 in the NFC South? Funny enough the only team they beat was the Panthers.

  20. oldmanbirdfan says: Feb 3, 2016 11:35 PM

    The Falcons fall after their tops in the conference record back in 2012 has always mystified me. They have not come close to matching that success since, despite having the same nucleus of players.
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    You obviously are not a Falcon fan, the same nucleus of players…. Lol
    Let’s see
    Abraham was one of several that were playing on different teams…. The team has never been the same…. destupidoff should have been fired just for this……. Same nucleus , I don’t think so
    Our best pass rusher, best corner, the center retired , the team was pretty much busted up…..I hope 44 can live up to being a great pass rusher especially after passing on Gurly….

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