While much has been said about Matt Ryan’s recent struggles for the Atlanta Falcons, and teammates have come to his defense many times, it was eventually time for Ryan to step up and speak on the topic himself.
He did just that on Tuesday, as Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports. While Ryan had quite a bit to see, one thing that stands out is the fact that he’s talking like a man who is purely focused on fixing what’s been going wrong offensively.
"There’s tough stretches that happen to everyone, there’s no getting around it,” Ryan told 680 The Fan. "That’s part of playing sports, and that’s part of playing in the NFL. You’re going to be humbled week in and week out because there’s so many great players. That’s just part of the deal.
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"I know that I’m capable of doing it, and I believe that I’m going to do it every time we step onto the field. … You have to believe in your ability. You have to believe in the guys around you. And I do. And I expect every time I go onto the field to play at a really high level and give us a winning performance. I haven’t done that the last couple weeks, but it’s in there. I’m hell-bent on doing everything that I can to ensure that happens this week.”
Well, it’s been said often to this point, but if Ryan is going to turn it around, this is the week he needs to do it. The Falcons are facing an essential must-win situation against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Can he right the ship before Atlanta’s season completely crashes down?