Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has lot of critics these days. For whatever reason, some fans are starting to doubt his ability. I'm not going to try to explain or make excuses for that mindset. Instead, I'll just note the intensity with which Ryan has always approached his job as QB1. That includes trying to get better, by whatever means possible.
Per a must-read report by the talented Vaughn McClure, Ryan's new and improved arm strength is due, at least in part, to his reliance on two former major league pitchers this off-season.
Teammate Julio Jones was the first to say Ryan's arm is much stronger than it was last year, and Ryan would be the first to agree. After eight NFL seasons, the 31-year-old Ryan decided to step out of his normal offseason routine, in part, to enhance his ability to throw deep. Ryan visited Tom House and Adam Dedeaux of the acclaimed 3DQB training facility in Los Angeles after hearing recommendations. House, a former major league pitcher and pitching coach, and Dedeaux, a former pitcher at USC, developed a program aimed to improve the overall throwing performance of quarterbacks [...]
Two things are noteworthy here. First, it's good that Ryan recognized a weakness and sought out a remedy. Second, the fact that Julio has endorsed his arm strength is impressive.