Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan, Dan Quinn react to loss to Vikings


Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and quarterback Matt Ryan reacted to the loss against the Minnesota Vikings.

It was another tough loss for the Atlanta Falcons, who slumped to a fourth straight defeat. There are plenty of questions surrounding this team moving forward into a three-game road stretch. Here’s the reaction from head coach Dan Quinn and quarterback Matt Ryan.

Dan Quinn

“This is as rough as it gets for us today. We knew it would be two hard nosed, tough teams. We expected that and it was,” Quinn said. “We emphasize the ball, and we didn’t get that part of our game done. We ended up minus-two today and that’s not good enough for us.

“At the end of the day, when you’re down minus-two that’s tough to overcome. I told the team inside, when you’re in a tough spot you do it together, and that’s exactly what we will do.”

On Matt Ryan’s struggles:

“We want to make sure we emphasize the ball. We didn’t get that done today. I understand the competitor Matt is for sure. We’ll go back and look at the tape, and see if there’s ones we can correct from those.

“I totally will [stick behind him]. He’s absolutely the competitor that I want. What we’ll go back and look at is to find out if there was a decision that was made that could be different. And if there is in those scenarios we’ll find those. For him, the competitor, the style of the player he is, we’re not backing off.”

On Tevin Coleman’s fumble:

“I wasn’t hesitant to go back [to the run] at all. We just wanted to make sure we keep attacking, it’s a big part of what we do. That particular play ended up being for a good long one and he didn’t take care of it at the end of the play.

The run game, the keepers, the play-action are all a big part of what we do.”

On Justin Durant’s injury:

“I don’t have an update on [Justin] Durant. He was unable to return to the game with an ankle injury.”

On Devonta Freeman’s status for next week:

“We’re hopeful that he will be cleared for full participation beginning early in the week. We’re anticipating him being back in full.”

Matt Ryan

“Obviously it’s disappointing because it’s a game where we had opportunities in the red area.

“It starts with me. I’ve got to be better in terms of decision making and knowing when to throw the ball away, cut our losses and kick the field goal. We’ve got really look in the mirror hard Monday and Tuesday before we got onto the practice field Wednesday.”

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On second interception:

“Frankly, I think I was trying to make a play that wasn’t there. I was trying to get us into the end zone when it wasn’t really an opportunity.

“As a competitor you want to make those plays to get everybody going and to get the ball into the end zone, but that wan’t the situation to do it. I’m a better player to know when it’s time to ditch it and throw it away.”

On play in last four games:

“Inconsistent. I think there’s been some really good things, and just some bad decisions that have cost us. It’s disappointing, but I really believe we can get better. I’ve done it before and I will do it again.

“But it’s got to start this week.”