Matt Ryan has been a constant force for the Atlanta Falcons' offense, even as the team underwent coaching staff changes during the offseason. While the team's new makeup will be seen in action Monday night in the season opener against the Eagles, the quarterback already believes the changes have been positive for the team.
"(Head coach) Dan (Quinn) obviously has a different personality than Mike Smith, and I think guys have done a great job of buying into the program and believing in what Dan is telling us," Ryan said Thursday afternoon in a conference call with the Philadelphia media. "Practices have been different. Just the atmosphere in general is a different environment, and I think it's one that guys have enjoyed and responded well to."
The veteran and his team are looking forward to the game against the Eagles, but they are preparing for a very different Philadelphia secondary than in the past. He is familiar with Malcolm Jenkins' abilities, having faced him when the safety was in New Orleans, and he also knows to be prepared for the talented cornerback Byron Maxwell.
"It's different personnel that what you saw in some spots last year," Ryan said. "I think the addition of Maxwell, obviously he's been a solid, really good player for the Seahawks early in his career, and now moving over to Philadelphia has done a great job in the preseason."
However, players are not the only people the quarterback is familiar with from Philadelphia. Ryan has known head coach Chip Kelly for years and worked with quarterbacks coach Ryan Day while playing collegiately at Boston College.
"Chip was up there at UNH while I was up at BC. He was good buddies with my offensive coordinator, Dana Bible," Ryan said. "He would come down every year for the high school camp. He was actually there when I was in high school. I remember meeting him when I was in high school, working out at the camp. I've known him for a long time."
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