Ex-NFL star Matt Ryan: Falcons need to ‘solidify the quarterback position,’ Raheem Morris good hire


Former Atlanta Falcons star Matt Ryan mentioned he wasn’t stunned the crew determined to decide on Raheem Morris as its subsequent head coach and believes the crew is only a quarterback away from reaching its potential.

Morris gained the job over Invoice Belichick, who was interviewed twice for the job. Morris served because the interim coach for the Falcons in 2019 earlier than Arthur Smith was employed. He then served because the Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator from 2021 to 2023 earlier than coming again to Atlanta.

Ryan, who talked to Fox Information Digital in Las Vegas on behalf of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, had nothing however good issues to say about Morris, particularly from the time when the quarterback was with Atlanta.

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Kyle Pitts (8) of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates a landing with Cordarrelle Patterson towards the Indianapolis Colts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Dec. 24, 2023. (Todd Kirkland/Getty Photos)

“I feel there was consideration to what Invoice may carry to the group. However I’m not stunned that Raheem ended up again there. He was with us in Atlanta for six years. I at all times thought he was so good. He had coached all these completely different positions. He got here in for us on the defensive aspect of the ball and switched to offense, got here again to protection and have become the interim head coach. So, I noticed him in all of those completely different capacities. He was a man that might coach anyone. He simply is aware of the best way to get the very best of the gamers.

Ryan mentioned Morris additionally has a bonus in understanding the group from his previous expertise with the Falcons.

“He additionally understands the group,” the one-time MVP mentioned. “Is aware of the inner-workings of the group, which I feel is useful. He’s received an excellent relationship with Arthur Clean. I feel he’s a very good slot in Atlanta. I actually imagine that. I feel that’s a very good soccer crew down there that should solidify the quarterback place, which I feel they’ll do that offseason, and I’m rooting for them.”

The following step is the toughest half: attempting to unlock the potential of their younger gamers.

Kyle Pitts vs Bucs

Kyle Pitts of the Atlanta Falcons scores a landing towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Dec. 10, 2023. (Alex Slitz/Getty Photos)

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The Falcons have budding stars on the offense with Bijan Robinson, Kyle Pitts and Drake London. However they’ve switched quarterbacks from Marcus Mariota to Desmond Ridder to Taylor Heinicke.

Ryan mentioned the workers that Morris builds will probably be key. The crew has named Zac Robinson its offensive coordinator.

“I feel on the offensive aspect of the ball, you speak in regards to the playmakers that they’ve on the skin: Drake London, Kyle Pitts, Bijan Robinson within the backfield,” Ryan mentioned. “A extremely good offensive line, an offensive line that performed nicely this previous 12 months. I feel it comes right down to the workers he’s placing collectively and what Zac Robinson can do with these guys on the offensive aspect of the ball.

“I do know Raheem is fired up about Zac, and he has mentioned a number of instances he reminds him of a younger Kyle Shanahan, and Raheem was round Kyle throughout his time in Washington and is aware of what it seems to be like. He’s actually shut with Kyle. He’s received a very good understanding of what that course of ought to appear to be. He feels assured in Zac. Once more, I feel it comes right down to discovering the man who can distribute the ball and make it occur with all these guys.”

Drake London and the Falcons

Drake London of the Atlanta Falcons, middle, celebrates with teammates through the sport towards the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Dec. 3, 2023. (Al Pereira/Getty Photos)

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Atlanta has been 7-10 for the final three seasons. The Falcons narrowly missed a playoff berth in 2023.

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