Matt Ryan to work on his blocking today

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 26: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Falcons won 45-32. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 26: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Falcons won 45-32. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan may have the offense ranked first in the league in total offense at 448 yards per game, but he clearly needs to work on his blocking.

He’ll be over with the offensive linemen hitting the blocking sled today when the Falcons return to practice.

Ryan was roasted on the plane ride from New Orleans for his failed blocking attempt against Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley as running back Devonta Freeman was cutting back across the field.

“His teammates certainly let him see that one,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “It was definitely the wrong time to catch a cleat in the grass. Some people would call it a business decision and he certainly would not.”

Ryan was in position to block the 308-pound defensive tackle.

“I didn’t really anticipate the ball coming back that way,” Ryan said. “And when he did, I just kind of wanted to get in the way and make sure he could outrun him. And I caught an edge on my cleat and fell.”

Freeman thought it was a wise move by Ryan.

Even Ryan’s wife, the lovely Mrs. Sarah, got in on the ribbing.

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66 comments
Ted Bowles
Ted Bowles

Har har. For a qb that doesn't pump enough iron, it's but if Matty Lightweight runs away.

Sean Walker
Sean Walker

Yeah no we don't need him getting pancaked

Jarvis Adkins
Jarvis Adkins

He dont need to be working on blocking I've seen so many times where defensive linemen would hit ryan and he would be slow to getting up we don't need that. We need him healthy perhaps Ryan tried blocking him it would probably be Matt schaub time but Matty doing good

Pys Birdman
Pys Birdman

Y'all need defense real bad y'all a good team work on that asap

Lakeisha Allen
Lakeisha Allen

it was hilarious to watch!! Especially when he made that face...too funny!!! lol

Aaron Sandefur
Aaron Sandefur

I have no problem with Matt Ryan getting out of Nick Fairleys way!

Tee Realfalconfan Thomas
Tee Realfalconfan Thomas

Ahhh, nope..no blocking drills for Matty Ice! He whiffed, Fairley slowed down and we got the first down. So, what's the problem? #falconsfanforlife

Greg Holgate
Greg Holgate

By far best play if the ENTIRE game hahahahaha

Trip Binford
Trip Binford

Concentrate on not throwing INT"s instead!

Jimmy Lee Jenkins
Jimmy Lee Jenkins

You're off to a good start but once they figure you out they figure you out. We'll see how you look come round the playoffs.

Brandon Wells
Brandon Wells

Yeah I dont want Ryan to work on blocking. I want that O line to work on blocking. His job is to produce 1st downs. Not block 300lb linemen. Smh.

John Walker
John Walker

I would not have thrown a block there either as a QB that would be stupid

John Montague
John Montague

Work on something else Matt. Don't let that OC hurt you with dumb plays where you have to be blocking. We need you on the field.

Phil Clark
Phil Clark

:o They're turning Ryan into a tough guy. I saw a couple of plays vs the Saints where he was willing to risk his body. I think he needs to be more careful though to not risk a serious injury.

Chris Snow
Chris Snow

Tough as nails. He's taken a beating over the past few years. So glad to see him playing well.

Phil Clark
Phil Clark

Hey man, you're pushing it..lol You've just gotten a rare compliment out of me for Matt Ryan. Ok? I'll leave it at that..lol

Charlie C Walton
Charlie C Walton

Hasn't missed but 2 games his entire career I'd say that's plenty tough wouldn't you.

Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards

Did exactly what we all wanted him to do. Smart move.

Danny Richardson
Danny Richardson

None of that matter as long as we won. Do it again against Carolina just win.\U0001f44d\U0001f3fe

Robert Inabinet
Robert Inabinet

The last person he needs to try to block is a D lineman!

Blake Smith
Blake Smith

Block was not needed. Completely agree with Ryan's decision.

James Newton
James Newton

In the words of a Submarine captain .. DIVE DIVE DIVE!!

Chris Marsiano
Chris Marsiano

The look on his face was priceless when he got back up lol. Smart move Matty Ice #RiseUp lol

Robert Lee Bryant
Robert Lee Bryant

Screw that!!!!, try that crap wit someone who is not a franchise qb

David Kelly
David Kelly

He did the right thing,he still would have been on the ground..lol

Steven Ralston
Steven Ralston

We DO NOT need Ryan trying to block a defensive lineman running at full speed. Not what we are paying him for.

Jimmy Lee Jenkins
Jimmy Lee Jenkins

He needs to worry about steering clear of freight trains and staying healthy so that we don't lose our starting qb

Ouz Diallo
Ouz Diallo

That least we laughing bout it \U0001f602

Aaron J Benedict
Aaron J Benedict

That foo realized who was heading straight for him. He fell on purpose, tho he did look goofy

Aaron J Benedict
Aaron J Benedict

If a 300lb lineman is running straight at me? Probably what ryan did

George A Holiday
George A Holiday

The only distraction that would have worked would have been a pizza

Andy Becker
Andy Becker

At least you can say he might have distracted him for long enough to let free hut the corner....

Alex Weiss
Alex Weiss

Haha probably best that he did whatever that was he did. Still looked goofy af tho. \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Alex Weiss
Alex Weiss

Exactly. Well except for his thumb.

Yaj M. Hmoob
Yaj M. Hmoob

Compare that too scam Newton not picking up the ball. I think cam got that beat \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602 rise up atl