On the verge of Saturday’s NFC playoff against the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan declined to comment Wednesday on missing yesterday’s practice.
“I’ve always tried to keep my family life private, and I want to continue that moving forward,” said Ryan in a Wednesday afternoon media availability.
Ryan and his wife are expecting twins, and speculation had been that his absence was family-related.
Last year’s NFL MVP said he received Saturday’s game plan on Tuesday, and “I’ll be very well prepared” for the game.
The Falcons are two wins away from a second consecutive appearance in the Super Bowl, but must get past the NFC’s No. 1 seed in a game that will broadcast on 11Alive and NBC.
The Eagles “are very good in the front seven, and they’re linebackers have great speed,” Ryan said. “They’re playing very well in the secondary, and it’s going to be a good challenge for us on Saturday.”
Ryan said he and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s relationship has improved as the season progressed.
“We’ve gotten to know each other a lot better and he’s doing a great job of learning who we are and how to utilize us,” Ryan said, who praised Sarkisian’s play calling especially over the last two weeks.
The Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers on the last day of the season to make the playoffs, and last Saturday, defeated the NFC’s top-rated offense in the Los Angeles Rams to advance.