Falcons QB Matt Ryan Says Bringing Up 2016 Does the Team No Good

After returning nine of 11 starters from 2016, most expected the Falcons to seamlessly transition under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

The change has been anything but smooth as Atlanta has been particularly inefficient during the latest three-game skid, scoring 13.7 points per game.

After soaring to an MVP with last season’s output, Matt Ryan has crashed back to Earth. Ryan’s passer rating has fallen by 27.8 points from last season (117.1 in 2016, 89.3 in 2017), the biggest drop-off of any qualified quarterback this season. The QB is tired of comparing last year’s offense to the 2017 version, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

“We have to find a way for this team to play the way that we’re capable of as a team,” Ryan said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We can’t worry about last year. I know that constantly gets brought up, but as players we are not thinking about last year.

“We are not playing good enough as a unit in 2017. Frankly, I don’t really care to go back to 2016. It’s not useful for us.”

Despite the struggles, Ryan insists the offense is ready to explode at any moment.

“I think we are close,” Ryan said. “Honestly, when we look at it, we are close, but you have to be precise in this league. Really precise.”


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