Ch­ester County QBs re­turn to area

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

The quar­ter­back room in At­lanta has a dis­tinct lo­cal over-30 fla­vor.

Matt Ryan, 31, is from Ex­ton, Pa., by way of Penn Char­ter.

Ryan cred­its what’s been an MVP-wor­thy sea­son to 35-year-old Matt Schaub, among oth­ers. Schaub grew up in West Ch­ester and played at West Ch­ester East.

“Matt Schaub has been awe­some for us this year,” Ryan said in a phone in­ter­view. “He’s ab­so­lutely an­other set of eyes. He helps so much dur­ing the week in terms of our prepa­ra­tion. He’s great on the side­line. He just un­der­stands from play­ing so much and hav­ing such a great ca­reer what it takes. He’s been a huge ad­di­tion for us.”

The Fal­cons took Ryan, from Bos­ton Col­lege, off the board with the third over­all pick in the 2008 draft. He leads the NFL in most ma­jor pass­ing cat­e­gories this sea­son, in­clud­ing touch­down passes, with 23. Ryan has a ca­reer record of 80-55 (.516) with the Fal­cons.

Ryan has com­pleted 69.6 per­cent of his at­tempts with just four in­ter­cep­tions and a league-lead­ing 119.0 passer rat­ing. He’s 3-2 against the Eagles, in­clud­ing 1-2 at the Linc.

The Fal­cons took Schaub, who starred at Vir­ginia, off the board in the third round of the 2004 draft. After back­ing up Michael Vick for three sea­sons, Schaub was shipped to the Tex­ans. He also spent time with Oak­land and Bal­ti­more be­fore re­turn­ing to At­lanta for his 13th NFL sea­son. Schaub is 47-45 (.511) as a starter, most of it with the Tex­ans.

The third man in the Fal­cons’ quar­ter­back room is an­other Matt.

Matt Simms is the youngest son of Gi­ants Su­per Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms, and he’s a mem­ber of the Fal­cons’ prac­tice squad. Matt played at Ten­nessee.

••• Eagles de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jim Schwartz wasn’t be­lit­tling the pass­ing of­fense of the Fal­cons while try­ing to de­scribe how some of At­lanta’s routes worked, dur­ing his weekly news con­fer­ence.

But it was pre­sented that way by the At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion (http:// at­lantafal­cons.blog.ajc. com/2016/11/12/schwartz­calls-fal­cons-route-com­bi­na­tions-school­yard-back­yard­type-con­cepts/).

The AJC blog­ger claimed Schwartz “was not very com­pli­men­tary of the Fal­cons’ high-pow­ered pass­ing at­tack.”

What Schwartz ac­tu­ally said about the Fal­cons and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Kyle Shana­han was in­ter­est­ing, not dis­parag­ing, as he in­ti­mated that Julio Jones and Co. have the free­dom to im­pro­vise. You be the judge. To wit: “They’re a very dis­ci­plined of­fense when it comes to routes,” Schwartz said. “There’s some — I don’t want to say school­yard — but some school­yard, back­yard­type con­cepts to their routes. Some get-open type of con­cepts. Some of those aren’t ex­actly quick passes. Some of those take a lit­tle bit of time. Get in, re­verse your field, get back out. Those kind of things do give (the pass rush) a lit­tle bit of time to get there.”

One thing the AJC blog­ger can­not con­test is how Schwartz hoopes to de­fend those routes.

“Our pass rush, our blitz pack­age or a com­bi­na­tion of both,” Schwartz said, “is go­ing to have to af­fect that tim­ing.”

••• For those who still aren’t sure why Eagles head coach Doug Ped­er­son and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Frank Re­ich call the plays they call, for the guys they play, there was an­other nugget this past week.

Re­ich was asked why the Eagles didn’t play wide re­ceiver Bryce Treggs, a speed­ster who caught a 58-yard pass in a loss to the Gi­ants, sooner this sea­son.

Treggs joined the Eagles after their fi­nal cuts. He was buried on the depth chart be­neath Josh Huff, the kick­off re­turn spe­cial­ist and spe­cial teams stand­out, who was cut for off-the-field is­sues.

“I think some of it is we got him late,” Re­ich said. “We worked the whole off­sea­son with our other guys and then we got Bryce late. I’m not go­ing to lie, I mean, I didn’t know much. We get the re­port from Howie (Rose­man) and the scouts say­ing, ‘Hey, we like this guy.’ That’s why they’re bring­ing him in here. Let’s think about how we can use a guy with this kind of speed.”

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