To say the Atlanta Falcons have fallen short of expectations at the midseason mark is a huge understatement. The Falcons, like a few other teams around the league, have been an unexpected disappointment this season. In fact, their two wins in eight games are almost hard to comprehend. If Atlanta wishes to string some wins together, what is one area the team must improve?
There are several things the Falcons can do to get better. With that being said, the focus will be on quarterback Matt Ryan and one part of his game that must improve immediately.
A big reason Atlanta was unable to beat the Carolina Panthers in Week 9 was because of their inability to protect the football. More specifically, Ryan’s inability to throw the ball to the right people. His three interceptions in the contest is an example of an ongoing problem for him this season in which he struggles with turnovers.
“We’ve got to take care of the football,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, according to atlantafalcons.com. “Possession is 9/10 of the game. That is what you have to do when you are on the offensive side of the ball; you have to possess the football. It’s not just the responsibility of the quarterback, it is the responsibility of everyone on the offensive side, including the coaches, in terms of making sure we take care of the ball.”
Ryan is tied with Andy Dalton for fourth in the league in interceptions (10). Only Eli Manning, Carson Palmer and Geno Smith have more.
Atlanta has a big game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. If Ryan wants to have any shot of keeping the offense in the contest, he will have to do a better job of protecting the football.