Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is bummed that Steve Sarkasian was fired as offensive coordinator following the season, but is excited to work once again with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
Koetter, who worked with Ryan for 3 years, re-joined the Falcons after he was fired as head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers.
“It’s hard,” Ryan said, during an interview with “The Front Row” , per the Falcons team website. “I felt like I had a really good rapport with Sark, and he did a nice job for us. But, as a head coach, you feel like you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, and I respect that with Dan. He felt like he needed to make moves in order for us to be better.
“I’m excited to work with Dirk Koetter again, it felt like my time spent with him early in my career was really productive. I’ve learned a lot since then, and I think we both can be better as we move forward. But, it’s one of the parts of the job that sucks, for sure. Letting people go and having new people come in and turnover, but it’s a part of this business and you have to deal with it.”
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Falcons’ Matt Ryan Believes Team Can Get Back to Super Bowl
Atlanta Falcons’ veteran signal caller Matt Ryan is feeling good about the team heading into the 2019 season, and believes that the team has a solid chance of getting back to the Super Bowl.
“The group of guys that we have, we have a locker room of competitive, hardworking, unselfish people, and I think it’s the people in our building that give us a great chance to get back and obviously hopefully win a Super Bowl,” Ryan said, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.
“We’ve got a great coaching staff. We’ve got a combination of guys that are going to try and put the players that we have in the best position to be successful.”
The Falcons have brought back offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
“At the end of the day, it’s about us, though,” Ryan said. “We respect those guys and appreciate what they do, but our focus is on how good can we play and how good of a team can we become because we have all the pieces we need to be successful.”
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