Matt Ryan Expected To Lead Atlanta Falcons Offense

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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. 

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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.

 

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).