g-dawg Posted October 25, 2022 Share Posted October 25, 2022 I know I have agreed w/ many of you that Arthur Smith isn't likely to make a change at QB until the Falcons post-season chances are minimal - and right now - at 3-4 and tied for division lead - he's just not going to make the change. I believe that is the likely reality. but..... regardless of reality, here is why I believe would be the opportune time. 1) Schedule - next 6 games(4 home/2 road) - vs Panthers, vs. Chargers, @ Panthers, vs Bears @ Washington and vs Steelers - that's an extremely soft schedule and weighted w/ home games which would be easier transition for the rookie. 2) Playing Style - in the last two games, Arthur Smith's offense has thrown the ball 27 times which is the equivalent of one half of play for Josh Allen. Clearly AS is managing the game for a 28 year vet and not putting much on him - if that's the style and the volume of passing we are going to play going forward, then WHY NOT play the rookie Ridder? If you are going to "baby" the QB position, why not do it with a guy you are hoping to develop versus a guy on a short contract who isn't going to develop and has a low ceiling and slow processing speed? If you are asking Ridder to manage the game and not be a hero - run for first downs to move chains and throw on play action and when the box says throw - there just isn't a lot of opportunity to make plays to hurt your team. If Arthur Smith was putting a ton on the QB and throwing 30+ times per game, it would make more sense to me to just stick w/ the veteran QB - but the way this offense is being run now - which is somewhat effective - it can easily be done w/ a rookie with the skill set of Desmond Ridder. If Ridder has command of the playbook, he could easily run this offense as good or better than Marcus Mariota. Falcon fan 4 ever, FalconsFanSince194eva, Lionzblade and 10 others 13 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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