YardBarker- After working with former MLB pitcher Tom House and USC alum Adam Dedeaux, Ryan had this to share regarding his off-season training.
“You’re always trying to find ways to get better, and I feel like that was an avenue for me to get better,” Ryan said per Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “It was different-style training — some shoulder work, some core work. And I feel really good. The ball feels really good. It’s coming off well.”
According to the report, Ryan spent six weeks training with the pitchers of the 3DQB training facility located in Los Angeles.
The areas of focus included “functional strength and conditioning, mechanics and motion analysis, mental and emotional management, and nutrition.”
Look, I am only a total (key word) idiot when I want to be (...or when the alcohol wants me to be), so I know there is probably something a professional quarterback can gain from adapting the workout regimes of athetes that put an insane amount of stress on their arms. Still, there is something intriguingly ironic about Matt Ryan taking tips from guys who are only expected to perform once out of every five games. Pretty symbolic of an underwhelming career that has been buoyed by rare, sporadic brilliance if you ask me. I'm not at liberty to say that inconsistency is more acceptable from a pitcher than it is a quarterback, but let's just say that inordinate arm strength grants you a far longer leash in baseball than it does in football.
That's why I read that Matt Ryan was working out with baseball players and the first word to come out of my mouth was "figures". I don't even know if that makes sense, but I have always pictured Matt Ryan as a guy that has all the tools to succeed and not nearly enough of the brain power. Almost like he would be more proficient if he were standing on a mound of sand and given plenty of time to assess the situation before making every one of his throws. Hell, if you put the guy in gym clothes he probably more closely resembles a pitcher than a quarterback. I guess I'm not exactly sure what the hell the difference is, but tell me that the dude in the picture above doesn't look like he should be the first righty out of the pen for some middle relief? Amusingly enough - for Saints fans anyway - more often than not he looks like he could use some of that same middle relief, because the disparity in his play is much more common of a sport where the primary ball handler expects to be replaced.