Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Screen passes working for Falcons
By Pat Yasinskas
We’ve talked a lot about how coordinator Dirk Koetter has made the screen pass a much bigger part of Atlanta’s offense this season.
Let’s talk a little more about Atlanta’s screen game, which was rarely used by former coordinator Mike Mularkey. Koetter is letting Matt Ryan throw lots of screens and they’re working.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Ryan has completed 50 of 57 attempts on screens. His completion and attempt numbers are second in the league behind Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has completed 64 of 74 screens.
Ryan’s 374 yards on screens rank No. 5 in the league. But the most important stat is that Ryan leads the league in touchdown passes on screens with five.
Carolina’s Cam Newton is second with four touchdowns and no other quarterback has thrown more than two touchdowns on screens.