Atlanta's quarterback describes the difference in his game since Kyle Shanahan began coaching him, how wide receiver Taylor Gabriel has improved the offense and whether the pressure of succeeding Michael Vick weighed on him as a rookie

By Peter King
January 11, 2017

In this week's episode, I sat down for conversations with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and founder of, Mike Florio. Ryan discusses the difference in his game since Kyle Shanahan began coaching him and how weapon Taylor Gabriel has elevated Atlanta's explosive offense. Ryan also reveals his current favorite TV show that helps him get away from football and what it was like to succeed Michael Vick in Atlanta as a rookie.

Florio explains how a West Virginia lawyer transitioned to media life, and how his popular NFL news website was born. He explains why he enjoys being a burr in the saddle of the NFL and also shares the problems he has with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Matt Ryan describes the feeling of knowing he has so many weapons in his offense (2:15) one of whom is receiver Taylor Gabriel who came out of nowhere to play an important role (3:15). Ryan thinks his team formed a rich bond early this season when they stayed out west on for 10 days on a road trip to Denver and Seattle (4:25). Peter asks Matt if he felt any pressure following Michael Vick in Atlanta (5:40). Matt looks back on the last time he played deep into the playoffs and what he learned from it (7:25) and talks about what is important for this Atlanta team to succeed in the playoffs (8:30). Matt, a Boston college guy, says it is too early to think about the possibility of facing New England in the playoffs (9:35) but Tom Brady has set the bar for aging well in the NFL (10:10). Matt explains how Kyle Shanahan has changed his game since he began coaching in Atlanta (10:54). Shanahan was the first coach to recognize Matt was actually athletic and could run more (12:00). Matt reveals what TV show he is currently obsessed with that distracts him from the game (12:45).

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