Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan isn't going to win any popularity contests in the near future. Right or wrong, he's a controversial figure among the Falcons fanbase. Sure, he totally revamped our running game. And sure, the personnel at his disposal, while very solid in some respects, is incomplete. But this is the NFL, and we are Falcons fans. In short, put up or shut up.
One thing definitely didn't happen after the offseason kicked off: Shanahan wasn't fired. So no matter what you think of him, Dan Quinn and the front office obviously still believe he's the right man for the job.
Quinn, who staid the primary focus for Ryan will be cleaning up the turnovers, said Ryan expressed no qualms about the scheme during an exit meeting. "Yeah, I asked that question directly, about the same one, because I wanted him to make sure," Quinn said. "I know he's comfortable in the system, (but) why did we have those turnovers that caused some of the negative situations to take place? He absolutely agreed, (saying) `Absolutely, I can dominate and play in the role that we want here.'"
What's Ryan going to say? "No, coach, I can't do it." And to be frank, that's just not his style. But they asked. And he answered. That's worth something.