FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said people are reading too much into a statement he made about the plays coming in too slow from former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan during the Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.
In the original article on CBSSports.com, Ryan, breaking down his team’s collapse, said Shanahan was taking a bit too long to get the plays in during the Falcons’ 34-28 overtime loss in which they blew a 28-3 lead. Shanahan, the new San Francisco 49ers coach who was heavily criticized for opting to pass in critical moments, countered by telling reporters that his offenses over the years have had little trouble getting the calls and getting the ball snapped before time expires.
Ryan, who vowed at the beginning of last month to move beyond any Super Bowl talk, tried to clarify the matter when he addressed the media Sunday.
“I think sometimes the headlines of articles can be misleading,” Ryan said. “In that situation, it was just a reference to how we operated all year. It wasn’t coming in too late or anything. That’s just the way it came in. I thought Kyle did a great job for us last year.
“I think everybody is reading a little bit too much into it, and it is what it is. But we’ve moved on. We’re on to this year. And we’re focused on trying to become the best football team that this team can be.”
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