QB Film Room Pre-Season Publication Preview.
Beginning this August, we will be releasing our Digital In-Depth NFL QB Comprehensive Publication. A large piece of this will entail an In-Depth Study and Evaluation of every QB in the NFL by roster. Here is a sneak peak preview…
Atlanta Falcons Preview.
Atlanta Falcons – 2015 embarked a new era for the Falcons. Out was longtime coach Mike Smith and in came Dan Quinn, who plucked Kyle Shanahan away from Cleveland and in as the franchise’s newly minted offensive coordinator. QB Matt Ryan coexisted well with Shanahan early on flourishing in his play action heavy timing based system. As the year went along though production fizzled and Ryan started to get into an unforeseen, long winded funk. Multiple factors went into this which included; injuries along the offensive line, NFC South defensive coordinators adjusting to the early season Falcon tape and Ryan being under constant duress.
The end result was a depressing late season slide that saw Atlanta lose six of their last eight games.
Transitioning away from 2015 Atlanta has put itself in a position to regain a competitive stake in their division by taking a pro-active approach in adding positional talent to their offense. This in theory should bolster the Falcon offense and could be a defining piece to the playoff formula the team has been seeking to re-capture with their last appearance coming in 2012.
QB Film Room is all about quarterbacks so without further ado, let’s take a dive into a positional breakdown entering training camp.
#2 Matt Ryan 6’4” 221 9th Year, Boston College.
Nobody and I mean nobody throws a prettier pass than Matt Ryan. From the quickness of set-up to the natural ball carriage during his drop to the way his feet work in unison with his eyes, Ryan is purely text book in all things fundamental to playing the position at the NFL level. Not to mention he is tough as nails. Ryan consistently displays a rhythmic feel to his game and is one of the better anticipatory throwers in the league. Ryan also falls a close second behind Tom Brady in terms of his Pre-Snap Decision Making prowess.
For all the good with Ryan comes some bad. Matt has a tendency to lock on to his primary read and at times becomes frazzled when he has to take an extra beat in the pocket and work to his secondary options. Ryan sees the field very well and throws with excellent touch to all levels of the field but all too often in 2015 he made costly errors in the Red-Area that signify a frenetic at times feel to his game which came in spades albeit in the worst possible moments.
Ryan should continue to grow in the Kyle Shanahan led attack in 2016 and has become the vocal and inspirational leader for the entire Falcon team entering his 9th year as a pro. If Ryan can gel with new WR Mohamed Sanu and continue to refine his game in year two of the system, the Atlanta Falcons could make a Super Bowl Run.