Mobile quarterbacks get injured more frequently than those who tend to stay in the pocket. It’s just the nature of taking more hits, and the Eagles know this as well as any.
Jalen Hurts missed a pair of games in 2022 dealing with a shoulder injury, in which Philly lost both. The year prior, Hurts dealt with an ankle injury. If trends continue, Marcus Mariota could get some burn, and it could be pretty brutal to watch.
The ex-Falcons quarterback has displayed the same incompetence through two preseason games that he did with the Falcons, which resulted in him getting benched. He’s terribly inaccurate and the decision-making is that of a fresh-faced rookie.
He played the entire first half in the Eagles exhibition on Thursday, going 9-of-17 passing for 86 yards and an interception. Embarrassingly, Philly’s offense totaled just 88 total net yards and five first downs in seven drives. It was a pathetic performance that Mariota described as sloppy.
“I was sloppy. I can do a better job of getting our guys operating cleaner and more efficiently,” Mariota said after the game. “But that is what preseason is for. Kind of get some of that stuff ironed out. Clean off some of the rust. We’ll find ways to get better.”
Falcons fans know all too well what Eagles fans are learning — Marcus Mariota is a hard watch. Just watch these lowlights from last year.
— ً. (@InBijanWeTrust) August 9, 2023
Mariota is not a good quarterback anymore, and it’s clear he held the Falcons offense back last year. Eagles fans better hope Jalen Hurts doesn’t go down because their season will go down with him. Their best shot may even be rookie Tanner McKee, who went 10-of-18 for 147 yards and a TD line in six drives in last night’s game.
Honestly, I hope we get to see Marcus Mariota in a regular season just to laugh. It’s funny looking back on last year’s Falcons team as pundits claimed Kyle Pitts, Arthur Smith, etc. were the problems, not Mariota. Desmond Ridder might not be Matt Ryan, but Mariota set such a low bar that it would be nearly impossible not to exceed in 2023.