Dec 14, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) leaves the field at the end of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Georgia Dome. The Steelers defeated the Falcons 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Ryan excited for future
“I think I’ve constantly improved…I’ve, physically, tried to get better every year…If you’re not doing it, you’re getting worse.”
Ryan was first asked how his offseason had progressed and if he had been doing anything differently:
"“Every offseason is different… I was fortunate this past year to come out pretty healthy, and to be able to get back into training pretty quickly.”"
On getting to know the new offensive coaching staff, Ryan seemed to be in good spirits.
"“I think it’s been really good. I’ve enjoyed working with Kyle (Shanahan) so far, and Matt LaFleur, so I think there’s been really good collaboration on the offensive side. We’ve got a lot of work to do…but the first couple of days have been really, really good.”"
Ryan also spoke a little on the departure of Harry Douglas and getting used to new receiving options.
"“Year to year, there’s always going to be changes. At the WR position, obviously Harry Douglas moves on, and that’s tough. It’s been great working with Hank (Leonard Hankerson) early on. He’s kind of been a good sounding board for me, having played in the offense before. Those kind of guys are huge when you’re working with a new offense,”"
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On new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Matt Ryan had a lot of praise.
"“First and foremost, he’s a young guy that has a ton of experience,” Ryan said. “I think the best part of being able to work with those guys is that there’s open input from both sides. Being able to really blend a little bit of both, use some of the things that they’ve done successfully and then incorporate some of the things that we’ve done successfully. That collaboration has really been the best part.”"
Ryan was asked about his thoughts on the changes to the rushing offense.
"“The one thing you do see from this scheme is that they’ve had success everywhere they’ve gone running the football. They’re very specific in what they do, we’re going to be very specific in how we run the football.”"
“Obviously we didn’t play the way the wanted to the majority of the year. Part of being a professional is being able to move on, you’ve got to be able to put success or failure behind you and move on.”
Ryan also spoke a little bit about the disappointing end to the 2014 season, and I could feel his pain.
"“Every year is different, every year is tough in its own way,” Ryan said. “The entire year, obviously we didn’t play the way we wanted to the majority of the year. Then to have an opportunity in the last week of the season and certainly not play the way that we wanted to, that was disappointing and tough. Part of being a professional is being able to move on, you’ve got to be able to put success or failure behind you and move on.”"
Desmond Trufant, the Falcons budding star at cornerback, also took questions from the media.
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