Matt Ryan on Falcons’ Super Bowl hangover: ‘I think you’ll always have a little bit of that scar that drives you’

The Atlanta Falcons are getting ready to start anew, with the opening of their training camp set for July 26.

It’s supposed to be a time of looking ahead, not behind, although forgetting their crushing Super Bowl loss against the New England Patriots is beyond difficult. It’s downright impossible.

‘The further you go and don’t end up winning that, the tougher it is’

“It takes a little bit of time, there’s no question about that,” quarterback Matt Ryan told Bruce Murray and Phil Savage. “I think that the further you go and don’t end up winning that, the tougher it is. But at the same time, for me it was one of those things that you think about it, you try and assess what you could have done better, what you would do differently moving forward.

“And then, ultimately, you’ve got to move on.”

‘Our focus is one hundred percent about what we’re doing and what we’re moving forward to’

To help the process of getting over the anguish of blowing a 25-point halftime lead, Ryan made a point of taking some time to decompress during the offseason.

“I felt like I took a couple weeks to get away from it and spend time just relaxing and kind of disappearing for a bit,” he said. “But when I got back and we started to work on this 2017 season and the team that we have now, all of my focus goes there. I think you’ll always have a little bit of that scar that kind of drives you and that’s fine. Never let go of that, but our focus is one hundred percent about what we’re doing and what we’re moving forward to.”

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