Marcus Mariota brings a dimension that Matt Ryan did not give the Falcons
What is something that Marcus Mariota does extremely well that Matt Ryan does not do well? The answer is obvious, Mariota has supreme athletic ability and it was much of the reason that he was selected with such a high pick.
This should get fans excited, it is an element of the game that we have not seen with this franchise since the great Michael Vick.
The read options, the RPOs, all of that will be opened up for Arthur Smith. Mariota has the ability to transform a team’s running game, and that is certainly something the Falcons need in the worst way right now.
Just imagine being the defense and having to deal with the running ability of Cordarrelle Patterson and Marcus Mariota, it certainly puts a lot of stress on a defense that was not there with Matt Ryan.
The Falcons could be on their way to being one of the best running teams in the NFL. The offensive line just needs to improve from what they were last season and Atlanta will be known as a run-heavy team.
It simply is an element of the game that you can get excited about, Mariota can take the football to the house using his legs at any moment of the game.