ATLANTA — Each NFL player’s dream would be to get a Super Bowl, but Matt Ryan admitted achieving such a goal wasn’t at the forefront of his thoughts after he first entered the league.
Ryan, the No. 3 overall choice of the Atlanta Falcons from the 2008 draft, had been”a little naive” back regarding the chances of winning a name.
His mindset changed.
“I think after my novice year was the very first time that I considered this,” Ryan said. “We got to the playoffs, and we lost to the Cardinals. Subsequently a Cardinals went on to play the Steelers in the Super Bowl. That has been the very first time I was like,’Man, we played tough. I can accomplish this. We could achieve this.’
“You’ve the belief with the period. Ahead of this, you are not even thinking like that. Then I felt like,’All right, we’re right in the mix. We could achieve this.'”
That evasive title fuels him. He was named the league MVP in 20-16. He has won an NFC Championship. He signed up a deal worth $30 million each year and $100 million guaranteed in 2018. In the grand scheme, none of the accomplishments compare to having a Super Bowl title.
Ryan’s feelings haven’t changed since his rookie season.
“It’s the No. 1 goal for me,” Ryan said of winning a Super Bowl. “It’s the ultimate and what motivates me to escape bed daily and to attempt to put in the are hard as I can, to bring a championship to the city and to our organization. That is what it’s all about.”
Growing close is not great enough
Ryan will not spend a lot of time living on what happened in 2016 if the Falcons made a rush to Super Bowl LI only to dismiss off a 28-3 thirdquarter lead in a 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots. That Exact Same year, after having a 44-21 victory within the Greenbaypackers in the NFC Championship Game, Ryan got a telephone from a yearlong Super Bowl champion quarterback.
“He called me that evening and said,’Hey, man, some help you require, if you will require anything, here’s how to schedule your week.’ He has been great to me personally .”
Ryan also has hauled with Tom Brady, now a six-time Super Bowl champ, on the years.
“He did not give much of a formula — only inviting.”
Ryan would love to be the one offering information to the others about. Most believed that the Falcons were Super Bowl contenders. The team placed six starters injured reserve, losing five of them to the growing summer season. The Falcons couldn’t fully recover from a start, a five-game losing series in December and November, or the ton of injuries, resulting in a 79 finish.
“It was really disappointing,” Ryan said. “The No. 1 thing was we’d chances to finish games multiple times through the entire year, and we just fell short with too many chances. Therefore that’s must be the No. 1 purpose of emphasis, within my head, moving forward, is finding ways in order to complete teams out. It may possibly be at various times across the games, but we have to find ways to finish.”
The procedure for rebuilding for next season is in full swing. Coach Dan Quinn made extreme changes with all special teams planner Keith Armstrong , firing offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian planner Marquand Manuel and the staff. While Quinn will take over the defensive playcalling, he hired Dirk Koetter, the prior Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and onetime Falcons planner, to conduct the crime once more.
“Dirk, he’s an exceptional playcaller,” Ryan said. “He connects with the people effectively. I think he adjusts where he’s in. What they did in Tampa was distinctive from what he did [the first time], which is different from the way they played in Jacksonville. He looks at what you need, and then he also attempts to choose what you need and make everything you have the best it could be.”
Quinn also has started to reshape the roster, cutting ties with all veteran kicker and fan favorite Matt Bryant, starting cornerback Robert Alford and defensive ending Brooks Reed. Those motions will clear almost $15.5 million in salary cap space for 2019, and the Falcons have already entrusted signing nose handle Grady Jarrett to some lucrative contract along with re working wide receiver Julio Jones‘ deal.
Even the most crucial employees change, but would possibly be the yield of twotime Pro Bowl running Devonta Freeman from a season-ending rectal surgery.
“It’s huge,” Ryan said of getting Freeman back. “He’s a great player. Anytime you put in a fantastic player back to the mix using a bunch of other guys that are excellent players, then it’s really a great thing. And he’s a player that is lively. He’ll make things happen in the game and in the passing game. His ability to cut his power to make people miss, his ability to conduct using power, all that material is good.”
Ryan wants to do his role , perhaps, leading back the Falcons to Super Bowl contention. He published MVP-like amounts last year with 4,924 passing yards — that the second-highest total of his career supporting the 4,944 during the Super Bowl season — a 69.4 percent completion percent, and 35 touchdowns to seven interceptions. Despite those numbers, Ryan believed he fell short in a minumum of one area, a location he plans to tackle this off season.
“I suppose it’s probably looking for ways to utilize all of our guys the simplest manner we could,” Ryan said. “Like I think Hoop [tight end Austin Hooper] did a great job [last] off season of coming to work, obtaining a clear plan of what he wished to improve and how we will utilize him. And that I think we can expand his role. Spending time in that way, with those guys, one-on-one is effective.
“For me, it gets me a much better player once I comprehend just how those guys operate, what they are hearing when I am talking to them, and what they’re saying back if you ask me. I do believe improving those customs is, to me, the most important things.”
Ryan plans to invest more hours in California using Hooper individually and hopes to accomplish exactly the same with the others said. He has a feel for working Jones, together with his receiver, Ryan’s teammate since 2011.
The front office must do its job in securing more ability on the offensive line to protect Ryan and holes in the running game, while Ryan does his role. The line must be addressed defense to be stouter contrary to the run and better in rushing the passer.
And two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks think Ryan has what is needed to finally win everything.
“I think, certainly, Matt has it,” said Joe Theismann, that won Super Bowl XVII with the Washington Redskins. “He has been there, and he has been close. Whether you are going to get another chance, you never know.
“However, Mattwith all the people around him, I think their football team offensively is as good as there is in football. The question is are they going to play? They are in a tough division. However, I think Matt undoubtedly has it in his future.”
Kurt Warner, who won Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams, pointed Ryan possesses that might help put the Falcons.
“I believe that the important things I love about Matt is,” I believe to be a great quarterback in this league you’ve got to be able to make people second-level shouts — exactly what I call’chunk yells’ — and to be able to earn those consistently, and that I think Matt does it as well as anybody in the NFL,” Warner said.
“We have seen Matt play in an MVP level. We’ve seen him play in the Super Bowl. But that, to me, is what helps distinguish him. Perhaps not everybody has that skill. The throws can be made by guys. Most guys can make the throws that are heavy. Would you make such medium-range, chunk yells on a consistent basis, and Matt does it as well as anybody.”