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Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank, head coach Dan Quinn back quarterback Matt Ryan amid losing streak

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Despite his poor play during the Atlanta Falcons’ current four-game losing streak, quarterback Matt Ryan has the support of team owner Arthur Blank and head coach Dan Quinn.

“[Matt’s] demonstrated his abilities over eight years,” said Blank.  “He’ll be fine.  He’ll be good.”

Adding another slew of mistakes to his already turnover ridden campaign, the $100 million signal caller threw two interceptions in the team’s 20-10 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.  Ryan now has 10 interceptions and three lost fumbles over his previous seven games.

“It’s starts with me,” said Ryan. “I’ve got to be better in terms of decision-making and knowing when to throw the ball away, cut our losses and kick the field goal.  But we’ve got to really look in the mirror hard Monday and Tuesday before we get onto the practice field Wednesday and see what we can do differently to stop that from happening.  For me, it starts with making great decisions, and I didn’t do a good job of that.”

Throwing multiple interceptions for the fifth time this season, Ryan is now tied with injured quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck for the league lead in this category.  He also has four interceptions in the red zone, one of which came Sunday on an overthrow intended for tight end Jacob Tamme, to lead the NFL.

The four red zone interceptions are already twice as many as his previous career-high while Ryan failed to throw a red zone pick last season.

“Am I worried about Matt?  I’m worried about Matt, and I’m worried about the team,” Blank added.  “We’re actually 1-5 in the last six games.  We were off to a great start [5-0].  But this unit [the coaching staff] will figure it out.”

Hea coach Dan Quinn also backed Ryan amid his struggles.

“He’s absolutely the competitor that I want,” said Quinn.   “He’s what we look for and our team looks for the whole way.  What we’ll go back and look at is, find out was there a decision that could be made that could be different.  If there is in those scenarios, then we’ll find those and say, ‘Where else could you have gone with it?’  Those will be decisions that we look at.”


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