Atlanta QB Matt Ryan fills in for Peter King in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column on SI.com , and he makes some fascinating comments about how he prepares in the offseason.
Basically, after reviewing film of his entire 2009 season, he requested video of six teams that have similar personnel to the Falcons – the Patriots, Colts, Cowboys, Saints, Packers and Chargers. Then, he studied each of the quarterbacks to see how they ran their offense so effectively.
Writes Ryan: “I learned several things about the game and about my own game during my film work, but I was mostly impressed with the patience under fire exhibited by (Peyton) Manning and (Tom) Brady.
“Both of those guys consistently take the underneath routes when they are given to them and don't ever think about going to another route until the defense takes the underneath route away. It amazes me how precise and accurate with the football all six of those guys are, and I can tell you that this was a really beneficial exercise that I feel will make me a better player as my career progresses.”
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