Calvin Ridley # 18 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates his third quarter touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Matt Ryan # 2.
The Atlanta Falcons go into their week three matchup against the New York Giants with two losses, but there is still plenty of ball to play, according to quarterback Matt Ryan.
In an exclusive interview with Heavy on behalf of TravisMathew, a lifestyle and golf apparel brand inspired by the vibes of the California coast, the 14-year-old veteran discussed what the Falcons must do to have a chance to win and his love to golf.
Atlanta and first year head coach Arthur Smith lost a 48:25 loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So where do you go from here? Ryan only believes up.
“He’s consistent day in and day out,” said Ryan Heavy of Smith’s handling of consecutive losses. “And the boys know what to expect from him. I think he has a vision of where he wants this to lead. And he’s working on it day in and day out to get it going. And I think we’ve made progress. I really do. “
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Ryan on Falcons’ primary focus on victory
Sometime in the second half of week two, the Falcons gained some momentum and had a chance to take the lead while the score was 28:25, but the offense was stuffed deep near the goal line, forcing them to poke.
Ryan made it clear that these Red Zone games are a big key to victory, but more importantly, staying efficient on the first and second downs to get yourself in a better position.
“Number one, it’s about getting touchdowns in the red zone,” Ryan told Heavy. “I think we did well against the Bucs. We’d love to get a little further down, but we did a good job down there and got away with touchdowns. Another thing that we really need to improve is our efficiency on short runs. We had two thirds and one and a fourth in the game against the Bucs. We didn’t convert any of them.
“It will be important for us if we give ourselves really good chances of third place, like third and the one we convert, stay on the field and continue.”
During the two drives that ended in touchdowns against the Bucs, the Falcons went three for four on third-down conversions, plus a fourth down-conversion against Calvin Ridley for one score.
Despite a tough start to the season, Ryan remains optimistic about what this young group can do for the future. And for what it’s worth, the Falcons have certainly seen some improvement on the offensive as Ryan was only sacked once in Week 1 compared to the Eagles’ three sacks.
“I think from week one to week two we improved, we did some things better. And I think we can really take a big leap from week two to week three. And as long as the guys keep committed and believe in this mindset of daily growth and improvement – we will do well. “
Ryan on his love for golf and the TravisMathew brand
Like soccer and victories, Ryan’s love for golf is deep, hence his partnership with TravisMathew.
“It came about because I’ve been friends with some of the TravisMathew guys for a long time,” Ryan told Heavy. “And I’ve been at a point in my life where my lifestyle and your brand sort of fit, I love to play golf. I am very easy going. Love being on the beach and the ocean. It just made sense. I look forward to working with them for a long time to come. “
As every golfer knows, there are innumerable brands of golf. But what makes this one so much better?
“I love your brand,” said Ryan, “because you can wear it on the golf course. And then, when the round is over, you can go to dinner or to the beach in the same clothes. “
Ryan said he was really bitten by the golf virus in 2008 when the TravisMathew brand first launched.
“I’ve been kind of hooked since 2008 – when I came here to Atlanta and had all that free time during the NFL off-season.”
Of course, Ryan is just as competitive on the golf course as he is on the soccer field.
“That part of my personality never really goes away,” he said.