Popular Post JD dirtybird21 Posted December 19, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted December 19, 2022 Alright, I know there's tons of Ridder threads and Mariota threads....and but I'm gonna speak on it in my own thread here. Everyone needs to just sit back and chill for a minute. There shouldn't be any strong opinions formed over Ridder after his first game. Last week, the majority of the fanbase was CLEARLY way overhyping him. I literally read posts of him being the next Mahomes, going to the SB THIS season, Ridder already being that guy...even posters who are very rational for the most part were making posts like "I haven't been this excited since Ryan's first game!" or "I just have this feeling he's going to be a star right away!" I've been on the Ridder train since week 1. But it was never because I thought he was the answer to all the teams problems. It's because I knew Mariota was trash. And he was....and still is. And I don't care that this team was in the playoff hunt and division race. The reality is, Mariota was never going to be the answer....not even this season. The Falcons are in a division race because of luck, not because Mariota was some savior of the team who lead them to success. I wanted to see what Ridder could give us. I wanted to know if he was the answer potentially or not heading in to an offseason where Fontenot will have the most money to spend since taking over this team. It's a pretty important piece of information to have...are we set at QB or not? And YES I believe in Ridder. Yes, I've made posts admiring his leadership, maturity at a young age, and instincts. But let's not forget, he's a 3rd round rookie. And he was for a reason. The fanbase got way hyped IMO for these reasons: 1. Mariota was so bad that we were starved for SOMEONE to save the team with better QB play 2. Ryan's first ever NFL start set a precedent that completely compromised everyone's expectations on what a rookie QB SHOULD look like 3. Brock Purdy, in the same draft class, comes right in and looks like a competent player. My point is, for those of you who thought Ridder was going to come in and light the place up DAY 1, you only have yourselves to blame for that. But on the flip side, if you actually are concerned or done with him already, that's also equally silly. Nobody should have a full opinion of Ridder until the season is over. We should be looking for glimpses...examples are the 4th down pass to London or the 4th quarter completion with the blitzer coming FULL speed at him. Stop thinking about the division title. And instead just focus on Ridder's play. Can he play or not? We don't know yet. In other words, just watch and observe. We'll know by the end of the season if QB needs to be addressed or not. Hopefully not. EddieK, Tribal Chief, Killing Floor and 38 others 21 18 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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