Popular Post JDaveG Posted November 11, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted November 11, 2022 I've been saying most of the season that Mariota was playing well enough to hold the job and let Ridder hold the clipboard. Last night, though, was just atrocious. Horrible. Worst QB play I've seen from this team since AT LEAST 2007, and honestly, Joey Harrington would do better than Mariota did last night most games. Granted, it's one game. Granted, Mariota was harassed all night. Granted, the protection wasn't there. But you cannot throw up some of the ducks he was throwing up last night and expect to win. A couple were just "Hail Mary punts." But several were just horrible throws that he never should have let go of, culminating in the lawn chair bomb he threw and was lucky to get back because he was already down when he threw it. Mariota isn't seeing the field, isn't finding the open man, and is trying to do too much even when he knows, or should know, that he cannot possibly make the play he's trying to make. Throwing across his body over the middle, heaving up passes and hoping they land, and missing WIDE OPEN targets on short, easy, gimme throws. He's shook. Ridder might not be any better, but he can't be any worse. The Panthers started PJ Walker last night, and won. If Ridder can't be at least as good as him, then we need to know that right now. And even if they think they already know that, he surely can't be any worse than Mariota is. I can take some of this crap from a rookie. It is just inexcusable for an 8 year vet. I get the argument that Mariota is loved in the locker room, but at some point when one guy keeps lobbing grenades into his own bunker, the rest of the unit is going to tune out. If you think you're going to lose the locker room by benching him, my counter-argument is you're going to lose it starting him so you might as well lose it with a chance to get it back. Start. Ridder. Now. Swayzee, Mr. Hoopah!, Killing Floor and 34 others 26 11 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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