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Matt Ryan: Close-knit locker room could be key to avoiding another slide

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 2: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons calls a play against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome on October 2, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Getty Images

This year, the Falcons have started the year 3-1. Optimism among plenty of fans has been tempered because last year they started 5-0 before falling apart.

I asked quarterback Matt Ryan during a Wednesday visit to PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN what he’d say to convince skeptical fans that another collapse isn’t coming.

“Well you know honestly it doesn’t matter what I say; it matters what we do,” Ryan said. “That’s where I think everybody’s focus needs to be at. I feel like we’ve got a solid group of guys in our locker room. A team that is becoming tighter and tighter the more we are together, and I think we’re becoming more and more resilient. I think those are qualities that bode well for being competitive and winning games for the long haul. So hopefully we can continue to grow those two traits.”

Those traits will be tested on Sunday in Denver. What’s Ryan’s biggest concern as he prepares to face the Broncos?

“Their front seven is really, really good, and so when you play them at Denver in that crowd and in that environment they seem to play even better,” Ryan said. “So we’re going to have to play really well up front. We’re going to have to have a great plan for some of their guys and we’re going to need to do a great job on the outside again. When we have opportunities to make plays, we’re going to have to make them.”

They made plenty of them on Sunday against the Panthers, giving Atlanta an opportunity to take down both Super Bowl teams in consecutive weeks. Which would go a long way toward convincing the naysayers that they shouldn’t be saying nay about the 2016 Falcons.

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13 Responses to “Matt Ryan: Close-knit locker room could be key to avoiding another slide”
  1. doomsdaydefensetx says: Oct 6, 2016 5:38 PM

    Hopefully last year was a learning experience for them. That drop off was historical.

  2. jackedupboonie says: Oct 6, 2016 5:39 PM

    Or facing 2 of last 3 Super Bowl winners on the road might be the reason….u pick

  3. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Oct 6, 2016 5:40 PM

    Our offence is fine as Colo kind,Ryan will not have 1/2 the time he received from the first 4 game’s D,time to feast…. How bout @ my house say around idk….2-ish,we’re hungry for 5$0. and DAT dirty bird is on the menu BC-WW

  4. iamkillerfin says: Oct 6, 2016 6:06 PM

    Enjoy that last game!!! Denver will not allow Julio to get even a TD let alone 100 yards!!!

  5. quarterback911 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:11 PM

    I wish that vanilla defense shows at least some resistance down the stretch. Even 35 points doesn’t seem enough for wins right now.

  6. joepatrickmartin says: Oct 6, 2016 6:14 PM

    Hidden message in Ryan’s comment…’not having Roddy here complaining should make a huge difference’

  7. thevikes85 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:20 PM

    Shots fired at roddy white

  8. campcouch says: Oct 6, 2016 7:12 PM

    Everybody has the right words when they win. A loss to Denver puts them at 3-2 and then the have Seattle. But hey, the NFC South is reverting to form and a .500 or worse team will win it.

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 6, 2016 7:42 PM

    Denver’s thin air provides an unfair advantage to the Broncos. So the same argument used against deflated footballs should be used against playing in Denver.

  10. 52crabcakes says: Oct 6, 2016 9:07 PM

    I still rather have Flacco as my QB.

  11. iseek11 says: Oct 6, 2016 11:38 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 6, 2016 7:42 PM
    Denver’s thin air provides an unfair advantage to the Broncos. So the same argument used against deflated footballs should be used against playing in Denver.
    ___________

    Except the Siemian doesn’t have someone named “the deflator” letting the air out of Denver. And it’s the same for both teams. Kind of the whole point my blindly loyal adversary.

  12. milehighmagik7 says: Oct 7, 2016 8:00 AM

    Patsfan4life seems kinda upset that Denver is the 1 team that poor little Tommy Boy doesn’t have a winning record against especially in Denver where little Tommy struggles and always has. Little Tommy doesn’t like getting pressure and hit all the time by that Defense. Tommy tje great missed a wide open Gronk last year on a 2 pt conversion to tie the game cause he was scared when the pressure came and threw the ball and the game away….Poor little Tommy

  13. saints737 says: Oct 7, 2016 10:28 AM

    Not having that crybaby diva Roddy White may help. Nothing worse than a washed up WR who still thinks he should get the ball.

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