ESPN’s bold offseason move for Falcons addresses QB position

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The Falcons’ entire offseason is going to be surrounded around what they do at the quarterback position.

It’s obvious. It’s the most important position in the game, maybe in all of sports, and Atlanta has yet to find consistency at it since Matt Ryan was traded to the Colts.

What should the Falcons do? Trade up in the draft for one of the top prospects? Trade for a talented, yet underachieving signal caller already in the league? Sign a veteran free agent to compete at the highest level in 2024? What about double-dipping in the quarterback market?

If you ask five Falcons fans, you’d probably get five different answers. If you ask ESPN, their bold offseason move for Atlanta isn’t so bold — trade for Justin Fields.

This one is a little obvious, as a lot of analysts are “shipping” the Falcons and Fields together. Atlanta has the same issues with Desmond Ridder that the Steelers have with Pickett.

Fields had a higher QBR than Ridder last season, but it was close, 46.1 to 40.0. Fields still isn’t great as a passer and takes too many sacks, but there’s upside that Ridder simply does not have. Zac Robinson is a promising young offensive coordinator, and you wonder what Fields could do in a Sean McVay-inspired offensive scheme.


A Justin Fields trade is going to be on the Falcons’ radar, but it might not be as likely as some fans believe.

The Falcons’ new offensive coordinator Zac Robinsons is expected to run some variation of Sean McVay’s system, which has been run most effectively by Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff.

Fields doesn’t share a lot of the same attributes as the two pocket passers. It’s exactly what Steve Wyche pointed out after saying he doesn’t see Terry Fontenot targeting the 2021 first-round pick this offseason.

“The Falcons, their new coordinator Zac Robinson is coming from LA. Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford, that scheme does not fit Justin Fields, right?” Wyche stated.

The Falcons will surely inquire and complete their due diligence on a Justin Fields trade, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up if you’re a fan who desperately wants to see a homecoming.

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