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Matt Ryan insists he’s on the same page with Kyle Shanahan

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla. The Falcons started 5-0 in Quinn’s debut 2015 season. Then turnovers began to mount. Atlanta’s 30 giveaways tied for fifth most in the league.  That turnover total included Matt Ryan’s 16 interceptions, the second most of his career. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) AP

Because Matt Ryan had been running effectively the same system his entire career, and because he faltered so badly last year, there was a natural question about his working relationship with new Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

But even though Ryan might not appear to be the perfect candidate for all the bootlegs and other aspects of Shanahan’s offense, Ryan said any problems between them were overblown.

I think a lot was made about a little,” Ryan said, via Vaughn McClure of “Anytime you’re not winning a bunch of games, you’re always looking to see what you can do to be better. And I think that’s the case of what everybody was making a big deal out of last year. We were trying to find ways to win games. We did it well, at times. We didn’t do it well, at times.

“I think both of us are much further along in terms of myself, understanding the system, understanding what Kyle expects from our position; how to get in and out of plays. I think we’re way further along at this point than we were last year, and I feel like both of us feel really good about our offense heading into this season.”

Things looked good early, as the Falcons got off to a 5-0 start. But that didn’t last, as the offense cratered, with Ryan throwing 16 picks to go with five fumbles. Eliminating the picks has been an emphasis this offseason, but Shanahan doesn’t want to limit Ryan, either.

“You go over [the interceptions] to a degree, but what you don’t ever want to do is make a quarterback scared to throw the ball,” Shanahan said. “You’ve got to let it rip in this league. If you thinking about picks, thinking about not turning the ball over, then it’s really hard to move the ball and score points. You want to guys to be aggressive. You want guys to let it rip when they see it. You just don’t want guys to guess. I think we’ve been doing better in that.”

And though there were some growing pains last year, they’re on the same page at the moment, which should only help an offense that added a number of key parts this offseason.

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18 Responses to “Matt Ryan insists he’s on the same page with Kyle Shanahan”
  1. cobrala2 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:12 AM

    Don’t feel bad, Matt, no QB has been on the same page with Kyle before.

    Shanahans get no love for a reason.

  2. jjackwagon says: Sep 8, 2016 8:24 AM

    The good ol boys club is still alive and well among NFL coaching.
    The last name is the only reason Kyle still has a job.

  3. clayjtitan66 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:48 AM

    So Shanahan wants to turn it over in the red zone too who knew?

  4. bbb82 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:48 AM

    Why does drama always seem to follow Shanahan wherever he goes?

  5. sb44champs says: Sep 8, 2016 8:49 AM

    “….with Ryan throwing 16 picks to go with five fumbles.”
    …and Failcons fans talk bad about Brees LMAO

  6. 3yardsndust says: Sep 8, 2016 9:17 AM

    The Falcons are a hot mess.

  7. nhpats says: Sep 8, 2016 9:23 AM

    They are on the same page….they both aspire to beat out the Saints for 3rd place in the division

  8. chronsy says: Sep 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    Its just Kyle being Kyle.. as a Browns fan I feel bad for Falcons fans having to deal with that guy..

  9. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Sep 8, 2016 9:41 AM

    I don’t think Kyle Shanahan is a very good coach. I’ve never coached football at any level but it just seems to be common sense to me to use guys to the best of their ability as opposed to making them do something they are not good at simply because it is part of the coach’s system. Which for most of these coaches is inflexible apparently.

    Lets take a non-mobile quarterback and bootleg him every other play. It just doesn’t make sense.

  10. Seprix says: Sep 8, 2016 9:46 AM

    Kyle Shanahan is just not a good coordinator. Everywhere he’s gone, disaster happens. The Browns dumped him after one season, the Redskins fell apart with Kyle Shanahan after that initial good season, and now the Falcons are falling apart with usually stable QB Matt Ryan. Gee, I wonder why…

  11. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    Of course they’re on the same page. It consists of, Julio’s covered, roll out, oh crap, where’s Julio now, Chuck a prayer in to the endzone, get it picked half the time.

  12. mjmeyer86 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:07 AM

    “We did it well, at times. We didn’t do it well, at times.”

    Matt Ryan is truly a modern day Charles Dickens.

  13. scrp2 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:34 AM

    I don’t know about Kyle’s system. Sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand and make a completion.

  14. heymister24 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:56 AM

    Kyle had the Browns going in right direction until Alex Mack injury and no replacement.

  15. jeffcfalcon says: Sep 8, 2016 11:00 AM

    “Because Matt Ryan had been running effectively the same system his entire career”

    That statement above is a total lie. Matt Ryan is used to a 4 vert attackor similar and now in ONLY his 2nd year running the ZBS & PBS offense, not his entire career.

  16. rdstpa2 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:09 AM

    Ryan is done and Brees is right behind him

  17. MichaelEdits says: Sep 8, 2016 11:37 AM

    “Methinks thou dost protest too much.”

    The fact that he fells compelled to insist on it is a strong indicator that it just ain’t so. That’s how it always went down with the elder Shanahan and his QBs.

  18. brianyourwordsarehurtful says: Sep 8, 2016 3:46 PM

    That’s great, Matt, but it’s only Page 1.

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