Matt Ryan reveals effectiveness of unique offseason workouts amid pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench in the NFL’s offseason, but Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been through something like it before. Nine years ago, the NFL went through a lockout, something that created a similar offseason to this one.
It caused quarterbacks to have to get players together outside of the practice facilities to get workouts in. Ryan knows it’s impossible to get everyone together outside of the facility, but player-led practices were successful then, and they have been successful again:
We’ve been here before, in certain ways, and some of the league’s current starters were around for that, too. Nine years ago, the lockout created a spot like this one for the league’s quarterbacks, then tasked with becoming quasi-coaches—and among the 32 starters from that season, eight remain starters now, with each carrying a lesson or two he took from the experience.
“There are a lot of similarities,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said via Albert Breer of Sports Illsutrated. “I think the No. 1 thing, it’s on the players. And it’s on me to make sure I’m creating access for the guys to get the work done that they needed to get done. And that was the same in the lockout. We had groups of guys that got together in that lockout year, we were able to put on player-led practices.
The only real big difference between that offseason and this offseason for the Falcons and other teams is there are limits on how many players can gather. Depending on which state the players are gathering in, there are different rules about how many people can be in the same spot at the same time.
The good news for all NFL players is there aren’t some players who are getting advantages, because everyone is dealing with the same thing.