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Matt Ryan preaches harmony in Falcons’ locker room

Since entering the NFL, Matt Ryan has led 22 winning drives in the fourth quarter or OT.
Since entering the NFL, Matt Ryan has led 22 winning drives in the fourth quarter or OT.wilfredo lee/associated press

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One of the hallmarks of the post-Michael Vick era in Atlanta has been harmony. Matt Ryan is the sentry at the gate. No sniping allowed. It’s a good thing because the Falcons can use all the harmony they can muster this week. They are 1-2 and have never been two games under .500 in Ryan’s six seasons, but they look faulty on offense with the Patriots (3-0) here Sunday night. The offensive line is shaky and does not provide time for a too-vertical pass game. Dirk Koetter, the veteran offensive coordinator, is being ridiculed not being bold enough with a lead in a 27-23 loss last week to the Dolphins. Mike Smith, the head coach, was berated for his decisions in the clutch in Miami.

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