But since they inflated the 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl and lost in the division round to the Eagles next season, the Falcons have fallen in tough times. After two 7-9 seasons and a 0-5 start to this one, Quinn and Dimitroff were fired on Sunday.
Blank’s reluctance to support Ryan was shocking to some viewers.
“I’m not worried about that,” Ryan said. “I know where everyone comes from. I understand where I am in my career. “
For now, Ryan, who signed a six-year contract extension for $ 1
50 million in May 2018, will try to prepare for the rest of the season. The Falcons will play the Vikings (1-4) at 13:00 on Sunday at US Bank Stadium.
“I also believe in dividing things up and focusing on what’s ahead of us this week and the work I need to do,” Ryan said. “We have 11 ball games this season. We need to find a way to win a little and get back into the combination. “
However, there is no combination to return to.
With extra playoff space – up to seven out of six – the Falcons have not been eliminated mathematically. They have a 2.2% chance of coming to the playoffs, according to footballoutsiders.com.
From 1990-2020, 61 teams started the year 0-5. The average finish of these teams was 4-12. During this period, none of the 61 teams made the playoffs.
Three teams fought to 8-8, including the 2009 Titans, and two teams finished 0-16, including the 2017 Cleveland Browns.
The Falcons have a better chance of ending badly and landing valuable motives for the new regime. However, Blank and President Rich McKay would not talk about such a concept.
Players know that the team can choose to recover.
“I can’t worry about that yet,” Ryan said. “It’s not like we made that transition and it’s at the end of December. In mid-October we have 11 games ahead of us.
“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. “
The shooting was hard on Ryan and most of the players.
“I really believe that in moments like this, you have to do a really good job of dividing things up,” Ryan said. “Focus on what’s in front of you, and keep your focus very narrow. This is the message I insist on all boys. “
Ryan knows he and the offender need to get involved.
Ryan has not thrown a touchdown pass since the 11th quarter since throwing a 1-yard touchdown to finish Hayden Hirst in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 27.
You need to go back to Ryan’s rookie season to find back games where he didn’t throw a touchdown pass. He did not take a break against Denver on November 16, 2008 (loss 24-20) and the following week against Carolina on November 23, 2008 (45-28 victory).
Over 194 career games, Ryan has not taken a break in just 22 of those games, and five of them have been in his rookie season. He has five more in the last two seasons (3 in 2019 and 2 this season).
Ryan had at least one touchdown in every regular season game in the 2016 season during the team’s march to the Super Bowl LI.
Ryan is aware of the drought.
“I think we’ve moved the ball pretty well between the 20s, but we haven’t marked the way we have to score in the last two weeks,” Ryan said. “It simply came to our notice then. I think we had eight possessions last week, I think we scored four of them, but we have to turn those into touchdowns. We have to stop coming with three points, when we are at a low level, we stop turning the ball in the red zone. “
Ryan may have to solve these problems without broadcaster Julio Jones, who did not train on Wednesday and missed two games this season.
“We really just have to do one or two plays when we get our chances, whether it’s first down, second down, or third down,” Ryan said. “In the red zone, when we have a chance to attack, we have to score.”
Without Jones for most of the season and the Falcons trying to break into Hearst in a tight end, Ryan admitted that time for a passing attack was out of the question.
“It’s just a little, really,” Ryan said. “It’s never so bad, it’s never so good when you watch a movie. It’s never as far away as you think it is. It’s always a little closer.
“We have to create momentum. We have to do a play when we have to do a play. Take momentum. Build a little confidence and leave that kind of building. If we can do that, we are definitely closer than we are far. “
The next four Falcons games
Falcons at the Vikings at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 18, trial
Lions at Falcons at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25
Falcons at Panthers at 8:20 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
Broncos at Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8
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