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Falcons QBs support Kyle Shanahan as potential head coach

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Matt Ryan addressed the topic before, but the Atlanta Falcons quarterback reiterated his thoughts on the qualities offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would bring to a head-coaching job.

Shanahan has four head-coaching interviews lined up this weekend as a result of the Falcons securing the No. 2 seed in the NFC and getting a first-round bye. The most intriguing of those potential destinations is Denver. Shanahan is set to interview Saturday in Atlanta with a Broncos franchise that his father, Mike, won back-to-back Super Bowls for as head coach.

The others interviews are with the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Shanahan's offense helped the Falcons dismantle the Broncos, Rams and 49ers during the regular season.

Ryan was asked what type of demeanor Shanahan would have as a head coach.

"I think he'd be very much like he is as a coordinator," Ryan explained Wednesday. "I think he speaks when he needs to, and he gets his message across really well. He believes in self-motivation, too, and surrounding himself will people that are self-motivated and want to win. He's been as good at that as anybody I've been around."

Ryan went on to say he's not overly consumed with the talk of Shanahan's possible departure after two seasons in Atlanta.

"I think we're focused on trying to win some more games, and that's it," Ryan said. "But anytime you have success and your team has success, this is part of it. People get recognized and people get opportunities. I wish him the best, but I think both of us are focused on trying to get the job done right now."

Behind Shanahan's scheme, the Falcons scored a league-best 33.8 points per game and boasted a league-high 6.69 yards per play. Shanahan's play designs helped Ryan accomplish a first in NFL history: throwing touchdown passes to 13 different receivers.

Falcons backup quarterback Matt Schaub led the league in passing back in 2009 with the Houston Texans when Shanahan was his offensive coordinator.

"I think his attention to detail, he leaves no stone unturned," Schaub said of Shanahan. "From an offensive perspective, he doesn't leave anything to chance. He watches all the tape, sees all the looks, and understands what he's trying to get done with our plans.

"His attention to detail is what's going to make him successful and really propel him to wherever this takes him. That will carry over throughout a whole team, in the locker room, and through the meetings. I think that's the main reason I believe he will be successful as a head coach."

If the Falcons do lose Shanahan and want to keep the current high-powered offense in place, they may have to strongly consider looking internally at offensive assistant Mike McDaniel, a former Yale player who has been at numerous stops alongside Shanahan and knows the offense in and out.