Matt Ryan realized the need to play better as the Atlanta Sokols started the season with five straight losses, fired their coach and general manager and did not receive a vote of confidence from the owner.
Ryan, a one-time MVP in the NFL who has 1,472 yards to cross, seven touchdown passes and three interceptions this season, seems to have kept the end of the deal. But team owner Arthur Blank said after the last staff action that he wanted the future main crib to give direction to the franchise.
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“It was always said in the locker room that we were renting these lockers,”
Atlanta started 1-7 last season, but finished 7-9. Ryan said he is aware of what is at stake after a bad season – a powerful choice that could eventually change the franchise.
“I still can’t worry about that,” he said. “It’s not like we’re making this transition and it’s at the end of December. In mid-October we have 11 games ahead of us.
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“Worrying about these things will distract us as players from what we have to do. Get ready for this and get ready for the Vikings in Minnesota this weekend. I am sure that not everyone is concerned with how we will rebuild or restructure our organization. They are trying to win this Sunday. “
Ryan hasn’t played a touchdown since the Falcons played the Chicago Bears on Sept. 27. Of course, if Julio Jones does not hurt, but the wide receiver is not the healthiest in the last few years of his career.
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The Falcons play the Vikings on Sunday. Minnesota is 1-4 and is 27th in allowed points and 26th in allowed yards. There is no better chance for the falcons to take the monkey off their backs than this week.