Falcons QB coach: Matt Ryan's interceptions won't be a pattern

Matt Ryan has thrown a league-leading six interceptions through three games. He threw seven all of 2018.

That begs the question: Is there a reason for the increased amount of interceptions this year?


Falcons quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp said there's times where professional athletes go through "rough patches" and that could be the case for Ryan's start to the 2019 season.

Knapp is confident Ryan's interceptions won't be a pattern throughout the season, though.

"You have some ups and downs, you have to work through them," Knapp said. "It's nothing to me that's going to be prevalent throughout the rest of the season."

Here's why?

Ryan is one of the most "self-reflective" players Knapp has ever coached. If you ask anyone who coaches Ryan or has played with him, he's the first to take onus of his mistakes and the first to deflect praise.

He's the ultimate leader and that's why Knapp has "complete confidence that he will coach himself out of it" and that Ryan will "right the ship when it comes to securing the football."

Ryan's short-term memory is perhaps one of his biggest strengths. And that's been obvious on a number of occasions this season alone.

After throwing an interception early on in the first half of Atlanta's Week 3 loss to the Colts, Ryan came out on fire in the second half. He completed 18 straight passes to ultimately make it a three-point game late in the fourth quarter.

Despite the interceptions, Ryan is still playing at a really high level. He ranks No. 5 in the league in passing yards with 928 and No. 3 in the league in touchdown passes thrown with eight.

Ryan will look to have his first game without throwing an interception when the Falcons take on the Tennessee Titans (1-2) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 1 p.m. ET.

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