3 Lasting takeaways from the Atlanta Falcons week two loss
By Nick Halden
2. Marcus Mariota isn’t a starting quarterback
This is something that many Atlanta Falcons fans already knew, however, after a great preseason and a solid week one there was hope Mariota had developed during his time on the bench. Instead, it appears he is heading in the wrong direction turning the football over three times and consistently overthrowing his intended receiver.
Mariota can afford to be inconsistent if he is running a dink and dunk Falcons offense and using his legs to make plays and open up shot plays. However, if he is going to run the triple option and throw short routes and still turn the ball over and make poor decisions it is hard to believe the Falcons can keep him in the lineup all season.
Much of the Atlanta Falcons fanbase will begin to demand that rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder be given his shot. With another game like Sunday’s from Mariota, it isn’t hard to imagine Ridder working his way into the lineup sooner rather than later.
Marcus Mariota is still so talented but the same issues that plagued him on the Titans were obvious on Sunday and if he doesn’t improve will end with him being benched in Atlanta as well.