With the OTA practice schedule now in full swing, the reigning MVP says the focus has completely shifted to what lies ahead. No more film sessions breaking down what could have been.
“I mean, we’ve got practice to watch,” Ryan said, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “We’ve got different stuff, different cut-ups. We’re on to 2017. You learn from (the Super Bowl), like we did. You deal with it, like we did. And then you move forward and you start preparing to try and be the best football team that this group can be. And that’s where we’re at. I mean, we’re a different bunch than we were last year. That’s good. That’s exciting. And I think guys are ready for that challenge.”
After an offseason spent upgrading an already talented, young roster at some clear positions of need, the Falcons undoubtedly find themselves in an enviable position moving forward.
That doesn’t mean they don’t have their share of obstacles to overcome, though.
Can the Ryan-led offense repeat its success following the departure of star coordinator Kyle Shanahan? And how exactly will this team bounce back from the devastation of blowing a 28-3 second-half lead on football’s biggest stage?
Finding answers to those questions would go a long way toward Atlanta’s chances of again emerging from a difficult NFC South and getting in position for a deep playoff run.
As is the case with any potential contender, it all starts with the leader under center. Ryan will be looking to build upon the career-best season he enjoyed in 2016, where he completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions.
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