Ryan points at self for recent turnover woes

November, 6, 2013
11/06/13
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan continued to point the blame at himself for a recent rash of turnovers.

Ryan has seven interceptions in the last two games after throwing just three interceptions through the first six.

"Obviously, I haven’t played my best the last couple weeks,’’ he said. "But you’ve got to keep plugging away. You’ve got to keep working at it. You’ve got to prepare. You know, I trust in my preparation, trust in my ability, trust in the guys around me. And I know that I’m capable of better. I’ve got to go out there and play a little bit better.’"

In explaining his interceptions, Ryan refused to pinpoint just one problem.

"In some situations, it’s the decision that you make,’’ he said. "In some situations, it’s where the ball is placed. You still have to remain confident and cut it loose. I don’t think I haven’t been seeing it well or anything like that. I think it’s just we’ve been trying to force some spots in there. … I think I’ve got to be a little more patient and understand what’s there and what’s not there. I don’t think we’ve seen anything that's different from the two defenses that we went up against (Arizona and Carolina).''

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter did say the offense was fooled on a defensive look by the Panthers when Ryan threw a pick-6 to Drayton Florence.

Now, Ryan will face a Seattle team that is tied for the league lead with 13 interceptions. Ryan threw two interceptions in last season's 30-28 playoff win over the Seahawks, so he respects their defense.

"Strong front-seven, deep front-seven,’’ Ryan said. "A lot of defensive linemen that they rotate through. A lot of really good players. In the back end, you’ve got two, big, physical corners (Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner), guys that press really well (and) do a good job of disrupting wide receivers off the ball.

"At the safety position, Kam Chancellor’s a guy that is big and physical and gets down in the box, does a great job against the run and the pass. Earl Thomas is probably one of the best free safeties in the league.’’

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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