Atlanta Falcons: Why it is the perfect time to start Desmond Ridder
Their voices are being projected all around Atlanta, everyone wants to see rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder start for the Atlanta Falcons.
However, the boss, Arthur Smith up until this point, has had none of it. He has been committed to Marcus Mariota all year but things clearly need to change.
There has never been a more perfect time for the Falcons to start Desmond Ridder and sit Marcus Mariota on the bench.
This is the perfect window for the Atlanta Falcons to start Desmond Ridder
Marcus Mariota played quite terribly for the Atlanta Falcons in primetime against the Carolina Panthers. He was skittish, indecisive, inaccurate, and just plain bad. Everyone was calling for Desmond Ridder to come off of the bench to replace him but Arthur Smith said that he never gave it even a moment of thought.
Well, now is the perfect time for him to give it a thought because there won’t be a better time to start the young quarterback out of Cincinnati.
The first reason is that he has extra time to prepare since the Falcons will get the weekend off. Those few extra days could be critical for a young mind and it will allow him to get as many reps with the starters in practice as possible.
The second reason is that the Falcons’ next game is at home against a Chicago Bears defense that has only gotten worse over the past few weeks.
Gone are Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith who were their two best players. Even with them, they had a pretty bad defense, but now they are certainly worse. It is as good of a game to put him out there as any.
The other logical time for him to take over would be going into the bye week but then he will have to start against a Saints defense that has been struggling so far but has a pedigree of being quite good in prior years.
It is time to pull the trigger and put the young gun in to give this team the boost that they need more than ever.