Falcon’s Need a New Quarterback

Falcon’s Need a New Quarterback

Luca Robinson, Author

The Falcons are thinking of a new quarterback as Marcus Mariota is not doing a good job his performance is hard to watch and Marcus Mariota needs to pull it together to stay a quarterback as of 11/11/22.

This week’s matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons did not have very good quarterback play.

We saw a mostly good performance from Panthers quarterback PJ Walker, though Carolina leaned heavily on the ground game. The 2017 undrafted free agent out of Temple finished 10-of-16 for 108 yards.

Walker hit on a few deep passes but didn’t provide much potency in the short-to-intermediate game.

We also saw a handful of good plays from Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota—including a pair of touchdowns—but his performance was largely challenging to watch. He finished 19-of-30 for 186 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, and he played worse than the numbers suggest.


Mariota was hesitant in the pocket (sacked five times) and made some baffling throws. He repeatedly hurt his team with accuracy issues and poor decisions. For much of the night, he was not playing his best- including on one fourth-quarter throw that would have been an interception if Mariota hadn’t been ruled down by contact a moment before. Mariota also dropped a potential interception near the end zone in the first quarter.

Unsurprisingly, the Falcons are thinking if they should get a new quarterback like rookie third-round pick Desmond Ridder a look with Mariota struggling.


 Yes, Atlanta is still in the thick of the NFC South race, but Mariota isn’t going to carry the Falcons to a division title. He came into Thursday night completing 61.7 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions, and Atlanta has struggled to open up its offense with him under center truly.


Would Ridder be any more of a risk under center than Mariota? Perhaps. However, he could also be in the future quarterback position in Atlanta. He showed a ton last season (3,334 passing yards, 30 TDs, 8 INTs) while leading the Cincinnati Bearcats to the College Football Playoff. The Falcons need to pull it together if they want to win.