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Matt Ryan on Getting Ready for the Saints

Matt Ryan throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints

Matt Ryan on Getting Ready for the Saints

On how he’s feeling:
“I feel good. I’m feeling a little bit better every day. That’s what you do when you have something like this, you just try and focus on daily improvement and try to get back to yourself as fast as possible. I’m feeling pretty good.”

 On today’s practice:
“It was pretty productive for me, and I think productive for us on a Wednesday. I felt good with the work we got in today. We’ve just got to focus on trying to continue to improve throughout the week.”

 On what it was like for him to be out:
“It’s obviously not fun when you’re not able to go, but I’ve been fortunate, and I’ve been lucky throughout my career to be able to be durable and stay on the field and I work hard at that. Sometimes you can’t go. That’s part of this business. You just have to deal with it and focus on whatever the challenge is that you’re going through at that point of just working on trying to get better. That’s more of where my mind goes in those types of situations.”

 On Matt Schaub:
“We knew he was going to do a great job for us. He’s been a great player in this league. When his number has been called, he’s always prepared. Nobody is a better pro than he is. He shows up day in and day out, works extremely hard, knows the offense inside and out, knows where to go with the football and he’s a great player. You know, we’re all obviously happy for him. It’s tough, those guys, it’s a tough role to play. He does it really, really well and played really well for us.”

On getting the run game going against New Orleans:
“It’s definitely a challenge. They’re solid. They’re playing good team defense across the board. They’ve been doing a great job with that all year, specifically against the run as you mentioned, they’ve been stout. It’s going to be a challenge for us. What we’ve got to focus on is taking care of our business and being the type of football team that we can be. We have not been that in the first half of the season. It’s a good opportunity for us to come out and hopefully play a little bit better brand of football.”

 On whether or not he’s preparing like he will start this Sunday:
“That’s the way I approach it every week, even the week against Seattle. You have to have the mindset you’re going to play and you’re ready to go.”

 On his approach to the second half of the season:
“You know, it’s trying to win one football game. That’s my approach. This week is trying to stay present in what we’re doing right now, trying to make sure that we put in a good week’s worth of work and win this one football game. Trying to knock those wins out one in a row as we go. My focus isn’t really any further than just the opponent that we have this week.”

 On helping the team fix the lack of focus
“I think, like in all things, you have to practice it – for us that is in meetings and on the practice field in walkthroughs. You have to practice being focused and locked in. That is my message over and over. It’s a daily thing and when you do it over and over it becomes a habit. When you have good habits you produce good things. To me, it has to become habitual for us and we have to do a great job of focusing and getting locked in day in and day out.”

 On the rivalry with the Saints:
“We have played them in all types of situations in my career. Both teams have been rolling some years and getting ready for the playoffs and some years we have been up and they have been down, while some we have been down and they have been up. It’s one of those games that you can throw that [team record] out. It always comes down to be a close, tough, football game when you go against these guys. You know that they are going to compete for four quarters – there is no question about that. They are tough and resilient. We have to play our style of football and make sure that we come out on the right side of it.”

 On his good health throughout his career:
“I feel like for one, it comes down to putting the time in. It takes time to take care of your body and all of the things that you need to do to be able to play week in and week out. That is something from when the season ends all the way into the offseason and into the regular season – it’s a full-time commitment. I also think you have got to be lucky too. You have to avoid the random things that happen in this game and I have been fortunate to avoid some of those things – it just happened a couple of weeks ago that I wasn’t able to do.”

 On the bye week coming at the right time:
“For me, for sure. It was an extra opportunity for me to get some more time to recover and to rest which is always a good thing.”

On the impact of a potential win in New Orleans:
“We have got to find a way to get it done. We can’t worry about how the season is going to end or what we are going to do in the seven games behind this one. We have to just focus on taking care of this business. I always think we need a win. Especially when you go against a good football team on the road and in a tough environment – that always creates momentum for your team.”

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