2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan says he’s not consumed with how his Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, eventually losing 34-28. Ryan joined The Jim Rome Show Tuesday on CBS Sports Radio and says he’s now using the loss as motivation.
“I’m looking forward. I think it sits in there, it’s what burns the fuel, it’s kind of the fire in there, that game provides for us but I’m not consumed by it,” Ryan said. “I think that you keep looking forward, you start concentrating on what your next goal is and how you’re going to accomplish it, but that fire is still burning from inside because of that game, and that’s really what I think the message is, and that’s kind of how I feel heading into this season.”
The 32-year-old admitted he still struggles with enjoying the highs of the game more than dealing with the lows.
“I’ve always felt like the ones that get away, for whatever reason, have been the ones that I’ve thought about more,” Ryan said. “Throughout my life it’s been those things that have kind of burned at me to get better and try and find ways to make sure that doesn’t happen again, but it’s definitely motivated by those things. You know, I probably hate losing more than I like winning and maybe that’s not the right way, but that’s kind of how I’m wired, and so that’s certainly been my motivation throughout my career.”
This season the Falcons will play in their new Mercedes Benz Stadium, a multi-purpose, retractable roof building that Ryan says is unbelievable and will be beneficial for the entire city.
“It really is special. I was like in awe walking through there,” Ryan said. “I think it’s going to be a great home field advantage for us. The way it’s designed in keeping noise in, I think it’s going to be perfect for our organization moving forward, but even bigger than that, I think it’s a really good thing for the city of Atlanta. It’s something that we can be very proud of. There’s going to be a lot of great Final Fours, NCAA championship games, Super Bowl’s here. It’s something that’s going to be great for our city.”
It also helps that Ryan’s star wideout, Julio Jones, will be joining him in the team’s new home. Ryan spoke highly of his prime target.
“He’s a competitor. Everybody can see his athleticism, his skill, how talented he is, his ability to track balls. I mean everybody can see that, you can’t miss that when you watch him play, but the way he competes,” Ryan said. “Just his grit, to be able to go after it week in week out, year after year, to be the absolute best at what he does, it’s impressive to be around that everyday, and I’ve been lucky to play with him as long as I have.”