Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan has already given his new teammates a sample of the pre-snap intensity he plays with.
Pre-snap command from the quarterback position is something sacred in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts were fortunate to have Peyton Manning for 13 seasons where he popularized his famous pre-snap saying, “Omaha!”
Now, the Colts have a new quarterback in Matt Ryan and he has already drawn comparisons to Peyton Manning. The comparisons weren’t because of their pre-snap command, but Ryan has developed a reputation for his pre-snap communication.
His new teammates have experienced what Ryan is like at the line of scrimmage during Indy’s OTAs. Recently, Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox let the media know how demanding Ryan is in preparing his teammates and getting them lined up for a play.
Mo Alie-Cox says Matt Ryan quizzes Colts players
Alie-Cox is the latest to shower Matt Ryan with compliments. He compares Ryan to Andrew Luck, highlighting how they are motivated to get the best out of their teammates and make sure that everyone is as prepared as they are.
In addition to Alie-Cox talking about how Ryan quizzes the offensive players on their assignments, he also says that Ryan is on everyone to urgently get set as soon as the huddle breaks. Alie-Cox says that before every snap Ryan can be heard fiercely saying “Get set!”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that has followed the NFL during Ryan’s career because he developed a reputation for being somewhat aggressive before the snap. That is best highlighted when one of his NSFW commands was picked up by a mic during his time with the Atlanta Falcons.
Ryan’s pre-snap vocabulary is a long way from Philip Rivers’ “Dadgummit!”, but both get the job done. The Colts are lucky to have landed another veteran quarterback that is going to lead the team and get the best out of everyone.
Every week, Matt Ryan picks ups new compliments and everyone in the building remains impressed by the veteran. That should bode well for Indianapolis once the season arrives.