Matt Ryan says Falcons learned lesson from Super Bowl collapse

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - JUNE 01: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) speaks after a football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire)
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan says that he and his team have learned a lot from their devastating Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots back in February, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I think we all are searching for ways to get better,” said Ryan. “If you are not trying to find things to improve on and to work at, I think boredom could set in.”

It didn’t look like the Falcons needed to get much better through most of the Super Bowl.

Atlanta jumped out to a 28-3 lead over New England, only to see the Patriots storm back, force overtime and win 34-28.

Still, Ryan, who won the Most Valuable Player award last year, insists that camp this season remains fun.

“This is what I love to do,” he said. “It’s the only thing, honestly, that I ever wanted to do. I’m lucky and fortunate to be able to do it. I enjoy it every day. Ten years in, it’s still exciting to be at minicamp. It’s fun to be out there and playing this game.”

He also says the Falcons are not dwelling on what could have been.

“We’re already back at it,” he said. “When we started as a team in April, we got together before that as players down in Miami. It was time to move on. It was time to look forward.”

Finally, Ryan stated that 2016 will serve as a learning experience for his team.

“Our focus is what is in front of us,” said the signal-caller. “We learned a lot from last year. We’ll take those learning lessons with us, but we have to find a way to make this group the best group that we can be.”

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