Defensive end Chandler Jones said the key to rattling Ryan is pressuring him and pushing him out of the pocket.
“With a guy like Matt Ryan, you don’t want him sitting back there just picking your defense apart,” Jones explained. “You want to go out there and get after him, move him off the spot a little.”
There are benefits to facing a prototypical pocket passer such as Ryan, though.
Kelly, for one, knows exactly where he will be most of the time, making the job of the defensive line a lot easier.
“You don’t pretty much worry about those guys getting out of the pocket unless it’s a desperate situation,” Kelly said. “So, you can just get into your move and just know he’s going to be five yards behind the center.”
There’s only one caveat.
“Just need him to hold it a little bit,” Kelly said with a laugh.
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