The Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars swapped a couple of coaches this offseason. Former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was shipped over to Jacksonville to be the Jags head coach, while former Jaguar offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter assumed the same position for the Falcons.
When Koetter arrived in Atlanta, head coach Mike Smith gave Koetter his orders.
Not only does Koetter plan to utilize the screen game more next season, there are plans to open up the offense by going with the no-huddle more frequently, according to Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com. And Ryan makes no bones about his stance on Koetter's plans.
"I love it," Ryan said. "It's something we've had success here with the past four years."
In fact, Ryan has spent the better part of the offseason in the weight room preparing for the physical demands of the no-huddle offense by adding muscle.
"It's good, solid weight," Ryan said. "I feel strong in practice. It will help with the no-huddle when we go to it."
Last season, Ryan had difficulty with deep throws. But he's working on that, as well.
"I think we need to be more effective with some of our throws down the field and that’s something that I’ve certainly worked on early this offseason," Ryan said.
When you put those two aspects of Ryan's game together, it cements a solid foundation for a quarterback who has held his own since his inaugural season in 2008. Ryan has led the Falcons to a 43-19 overall record over the past four seasons, including three trips to the playoffs.
With Smith's orders, Koetter's new offensive plans and Ryan's strong work ethic, the Falcons should not only visit the playoffs in 2012, but should finally notch their first post-season win.