Falcons QB Matt Ryan not concerned with offense’s preseason struggles
It is never wise to get too caught up in the preseason. However, even Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan has had to downplay the team’s struggles thus far.
The Falcons’ offense is coming off another abysmal performance following the 17-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ryan is not concerned with their lack of production:
“Not really,” Ryan said when asked if he had any concerns about the offense. “I’ve played long enough to know that some years, you are 4-0 in the (exhibition) season and it doesn’t certainly pan out that way in the regular season. Some years, you are not that way in the (exhibition) season and the regular season could be different.”
There is certainly plenty of truth to Ryan’s comments. A team’s performance in the preseason is hardly ever an indicator of regular season success. However, the lackluster performance from the starting offense through the first three exhibition games has become a cause for concern
Atlanta’s red zone woes from the 2017 campaign have seemingly carried over into the preseason. The first team mustered up just two field goals in five drives versus Jacksonville while Ryan completed 5 of 12 passes for 57 yards. Needless to say, it was not the strongest outing Atlanta would have liked to enjoy going into the preseason finale.
Regardless, Ryan is doing his best to see the silver lining in their struggles. The Falcons have high expectations for the 2018 NFL season. There is no reason why they should not be among the best offenses in the league given all of their weapons.