Matt Ryan Knows he has to Win in January, Calls Transition to New Offensive Coordinator “a Good Thing”


Matt Ryan has yet to win a playoff game, and that’s all some critics need to fuel whatever machines they use to dispense their anti-Ryan venom. Ryan knows, though, that winning is everything for quarterbacks, and he seems to have a grip on the sense of urgency that is gaining steam in Atlanta. Matt Ryan joined the Rude Awakening on WCNN in Atlanta to discuss his lack of playoff success thus far, new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and the so-called myth that his arm strength is a problem.

On the notion that his individual accomplishments won’t matter to a lot of people until he wins in the playoffs  :

“Absolutely, and that’s kind of the nature of the NFL right now, and especially the position that I play. Quarterbacks are judged by Super Bowl championships, and that’s — whether you agree or disagree with it — that’s kinda just the way it is. And I understand that, but I can’t worry about that too much. It’s difficult to get to the playoffs, it’s very difficult to win in the playoffs. I think if you’re looking too far into the future, too far down the road, you’re not giving yourself a chance to be successful week to week.”

On what new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter brings to the table:

“It’s just a different philosophy. We’re not scrapping everything we’ve done before, but he brings some different ideas to what we’ve done. And you know, everybody in the NFL runs the same stuff. I think what it comes down to is when you call certain plays and how you execute them, and we just need to execute better as players, and we all have confidence that Dirk’s gonna call good plays at the right time.”

On if the change at offensive coordinator is good for him:

“I think so. I think I enjoyed playing under Mike [Mularkey] and learned a ton under Mike my first four years. And then when you have a new voice and some different opinions, it only helps you to improve as a football player to kinda hear different things and be able to use all of what you’ve learned from a number of different people to make yourself the best on the field. So I think it is a good thing.”

On the supposed myth about his lack of arm strength:

“I didn’t start it. I don’t know who did. But it’s one of those things, it’s such a popular thing. It’s something that people need to talk about, want to talk about all the time. Things are gonna come up. I understand that. I disagree with it, but I understand it.”

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