Why the Atlanta Falcons shouldn’t bring back Josh Rosen
The most memorable part of Josh Rosen’s time with the Atlanta Falcons this season happened when the backup came in relief of Matt Ryan in an already ugly blowout loss and promptly threw an interception. This is who Rosen has been throughout his career and why a first-round pick went from being the future for the Cardinals to a panic signing for the Falcons.
Atlanta initially had A.J. McCarron lined up behind Matt Ryan this season before a late pre-season season-ending injury left them scrambling. Josh Rosen was the most interesting player still on the market and brought in for the season.
Rosen somehow managed in very limited opportunities to throw two picks and only 18-passing yards. Atlanta isn’t going to have to search hard to find a better option at an important position.
The Atlanta Falcons must prioritize finding a real option to sit behind a battered Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan led the NFL in quarterback hits taken in 2021 and somehow never missed a start. However, as Ryan continues to age and Atlanta’s offensive line is faced with a myriad of questions the backup quarterback position becomes all the more important.
Rosen cannot be brought back in 2022 with the tape he put together this season. Atlanta should instead look for a mobile option to sit behind Ryan that can help in specific packages. While this is supposed to be Feleipe Franks role there is reason to wonder if Atlanta couldn’t benefit from an upgrade.
Franks could still be used even if Atlanta were to target a mobile backup to run red zone and specific short-yardage plays. Even a veteran backup like Nick Foles or Andy Dalton would be better options and give Atlanta a chance to stay respectable if Ryan were to go down.
Regardless of who they choose it is clear Rosen isn’t the answer and shouldn’t be on the Atlanta Falcons roster next season.