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Matt Ryan entered the league with a very similar scouting report as Peyton Manning: scouts praised his football IQ and accuracy, touted him as a pro-readyquarterback, but questioned his arm strength. Both quarterbacks started from day one and are at their best when in the no-huddle offense.
Much like Manning early in his career, Ryan has been branded as a quarterback who is a regular season star, only to falter in the post-season.
When running the no-huddle offense under Mike Mularky, Ryan was at his best, orchestrating a symphony at the line of scrimmage. Although the authoritative, no-huddle Matty Ice is amongst the league’s best, when huddling the Falcons offense became stagnant.
Mularky left Atlanta to take the head job in Jacksonville, while the Falcons hired the Jaguars’ former offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter for the same position. Koetter has vowed to run the no-huddle offense more often, trying to capture the lightning in a bottle of Ryan’s 16 career game-winning drive...
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Matt Ryan has accomplished a lot in his career. He won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2008, was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010 and has led the Falcons to the playoffs three times in the last four years.
So that should make him one of the top 100 players in the NFL, right? Well, not necessarily, because when the league came out with their top 100 list, 13 quarterbacks made...
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2011 Recap: The Falcons have been relying on Michael Turner and the power running game since Matty Ice was drafted. Ryan has had a great rapport with both Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez, but was also given Julio Jones to give him a downfield threat. Julio struggled early, but when he got healthy and ‘caught on’ to the offense,...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. In one of his innumerably colorful moments less than a week into Falcons training camp, cornerback Asante Samuel volleyed a comment across the divide that separates offense and defense in the direction of new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
After an incomplete pass, Samuel's words were to the effect that Koetter should check the spacing between the receivers...
ESPN.com NFC South beat writer Pat Yasinkas said he thinks the Atlanta Falcons have big plans for second-year pro Jacquizz Rodgers at running back.Fantasy Spin:Falcons coach Mike Smith said Rodgers has the skill set to play on all three downs. He also praised Rodgers' pass protecting ability. While it remains to be seen what value Rodgers will have in fantasy leagues, it is looking...
Roddy White and Julio Jones believe they can become the NFL's top receiving tandem.
That's not to say White and Jones are promising that success will come easily.
The Atlanta Falcons' offense is still a work in progress.
Entering his eighth season, White has reached several personal goals such as becoming the eighth NFL receiver to catch at least 80 passes for 1,000...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. It's a rare receiver who catches 100 balls and then returns the next season feeling as if he has something significant to improve upon.
But on Thursday Falcons wide receiver Roddy White himself referenced his biggest shortcoming in 2011.
"I led the league in drops last year, so I got to fix that problem," said White, the franchise's all-time...
Albert Breer of the NFL Network has changed from being generally insufferable to being awesome because he visited Falcons camp. Breer believes the new coordinators, Mike Nolan and Dirk Koetter, reflect the belief that Atlanta needs more of a "gun slinger mentality." Certainly there was need for change after Atlanta schemed to lose in the playoffs the last few years.
Wide receiver Julio Jones recorded five receptions for 71 yards in his pro debut, including a team long 32-year reception against the Chicago Bears. He finished his rookie campaign with 54 catches for 959 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing three games with an injury.
Jones posted the best season by a rookie in franchise history, notching more yards and touchdowns than any...
Matt Ryan likes to undersell his athleticism in a self-deprecating manner.
The Atlanta Falcons' fifth-year quarterback doesn't talk much about it publicly, but Ryan is usually among the first to poke fun at his speed and arm strength.
''Matt is a very humble guy, and Matt is a better athlete than you think,'' Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday. '...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Grizzled, long-time NFL coaching veterans shepherded Matt Ryan's entry into the NFL.
In quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave, he had someone who played the position in the league behind greats such as Joe Montana and Steve Young and then coached it.
When Musgrave left after Ryan's first three seasons to become offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings...
For one of the most talkative players around, Asante Samuel doesn't have much to say when the media are ready to listen. That's just fine with the Atlanta Falcons, who hope their new cornerback just keeps chatting - and ball-hawking - on the field.
Traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Falcons in April, Samuel has met with local reporters just a few times since then...
Comments on the Atlanta Falcons by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
ATLANTA FALCONS (13)
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 7): A model organization from Arthur Blank to Mike Smith to Matt Ryan on down, and it now has to man up in playoffs.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 8): Falcons are hoping change of offensive and defensive coordinators leads to first playoff win under head coach...