Atlanta Falcons: Fast, Physical, Undisciplined

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Undisciplined Red Zone Interceptions

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was also undisciplined on his red zone interception. Ryan attempted to force the ball two backup tight end Luke Stocker.

Throwing to Stocker has produced two catches, one fumble and an interception in four targets, so Ryan would be wise to look elsewhere. In fact, the team would be smart to use rookie Jaeden Graham more.

On the play Julio Jones had one on one coverage on the outside to Matt Ryan’s right. Julio with single coverage is always a good choice.

Ryan also had a better option in Kenjon Barner who was lined up on the outside left of the empty backfield formation. He stopped immediately at the line of scrimmage and was open as he came across the shallow middle, to provide a check down solution for Matt.

Matt Ryan currently leads the NFL in interceptions, having thrown six in six games. That’s a very high number for Matt, considering he only threw seven picks last season, as well as in his MVP year of 2016.

Ryan has to stop pressing and be more disciplined with his decision-making, particularly in the red zone. The red zone turnovers are taking points off of the board. I don’t expect him to go 22/23 all the time, as he did in the second half, but he needs to recognize when a play isn’t there and check the ball down or throw it away.