FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan believes the team can use the no-huddle more as a weapon to try to revive the offense, which has scored just 16.7 points over the past four games.
Ryan was asked by former Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran on his weekly 680 The Fan radio show on Tuesday if fans should expect to see more no-huddle starting Sunday against Colts.
“Yeah, we’ll see,” Ryan said. “I think it’s one of the things that we have the ability to do and we work on it. Probably not as much as we did in the past because it was a bigger point of emphasis for us on offense.”
Ryan was taught the no-huddle as a rookie by former offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave. He’s used in deftly over his career and with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
“We have the ability to do it and it’s something that we’ve practiced,” Ryan said. “I feel like if it comes up, it’s something that we’re going to be prepared for and we’re going to do really well.”
Former Falcons linemen Mike Johnson asked Ryan if defenses have successfully adjusted to new offense.
“I think, not so much in the San Francisco game, I really think we did not play very well in that game,” Ryan said. “I think when you look at probably the last four weeks, we’ve been sloppier across the board. Not as detailed as we’ve needed to be.
“Whether if it’s protecting the football or turning it the football over. Whether if it’s procedural penalties … those things get you off schedule very quickly. I think that’s something that we haven’t done really well, probably over the past four or five weeks. Hopefully, that’s something we’ll do a lot better. Certainly, defenses will make adjustments and give us some different looks.
“I always like to look in the mirror. I think it’s on us and what we do.”
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