Matt Ryan describes his mindset during another disappointing season
The turnaround wasn’t that. After winning two in a row, the disappointing 2019 Atlanta Falcons came back down to earn, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 35-22 fashion, in turn, falling back to the gutters of the NFC South with a 3-8 record.
Quarterback Matt Ryan shared some thoughts about the disappointing record. Via Vaughn McClure of ESPN:
“Having that professional pride and that mindset to go out there and delivering your best performance week in and week out regardless of what’s going on. [That] is the mindset that I have. I go out there and play to win. And, I know that it doesn’t look good for us right now. At the same time, it doesn’t make a difference. When you line up, and they blow the whistle, you gotta go and play the way you’re capable of winning regardless of what’s going on.”
In Sunday’s divisional loss, Ryan didn’t deliver a “Matty Ice” performance. He went 23 for 46 for 271 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
While Ryan has not been the same MVP candidate he once was, the rest of the Falcons squad has not been particularly fantastic. The rebuilt offensive line has failed to live up to expectations, the secondary is a mess, the run game is out of sorts and the pass-rush has failed to get to quarterbacks.
If there is anything to look forward to when it comes to the Falcons, it’s 2020. With a 3-8 record, they should be able to get themselves a nice haul of talent in the draft. Until then, Atlanta is playing for draft position.