Kyle Shanahan: Matt is very quick in the pocket


I’m not going to go overboard and put Matt Ryan in an athletic class with  Michael Vick or Robert Griffin III, hell not even Aaron Rodgers. But he’s a underrated athlete. Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan had this to say about Matt Ryan’s in his zone read offense.

“Matt, I don’t know if we’re going to major in the zone-read and stuff like that,” Shanahan said. “He’s not going to be running 4.4 down the sidelines and breaking people off, but he’s very quick in the pocket, especially for how tall and lanky he is.

“That’s a good combination because he can see over the line of scrimmage, keep his eyes down the field and he still has the athletic ability that if he’s in trouble he has a chance to still make a play.”

“I’ve watched Matt in college and over his whole career,” Shanahan said. “He’s always been good at throwing on the run.”

This video should give you an idea of what to expect from the falcons quarterback in Kyle Shanahan’s zone read offense.

Bryan Cox on Beasley: I’m not real fired up


Atlanta Falcons Defensive Line Coach Bryan Cox (a former NFL linebacker), is not real fired up about Vic Beasley. The Falcons Coach acknowledged that Beasley is an exceptional athlete… but still has to prove himself worthy of the comparisons to Denver Broncos star outside linebacker Von Miller. Check out his statement and share your thoughts by commenting.

Bryan Cox on Vic Beasley

“He’s showing the first-step quickness and the closing speed,” Cox said. “For sure, he’s stronger in the pass rush then he is in the run game. But this is gym class. We’ll see when we put the pads on how it goes. I’m not real fired up or real eager to say how well a guy is doing in shorts. To me, this is not real football. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to training camp.

“You see the potential. All the things that got him drafted, you see. But now you’re going to have to see the other part. When the pads come on, that’s where there’s separation.”


Watch: Falcons Dan Quinn On Player Evaluation

MadMike has another exciting and entertaining video for you Falcons Fans. Head Coach Dan Quinn explains how he’ll use defensive tackles Tyson Jackson, Paul Soliai, ILB/OLB Prince Shembo and S Dezmen Southward. It’s going to be an interesting year FalconsNation. I’m too freaking excited.