Despite Desmond Ridder only having seven games under his belt, most people, including some Falcons fans, have already written him off.
The fact of the matter is he could be a backup quarterback, bust, average starter, or even more. It’s far too early to tell.
He’s done some good things, like lead a comeback against the Packers. He’s done some bad things, like lead the league in turnover-worthy plays.
Ridder needs time to develop. His decision-making is the attribute that needs the most refining, which will only improve with experience. His accuracy is a close second.
Regardles of those facts, Falcons blogs and national outlets are already brainstorming replacements.
Dan Graziano of ESPN mentioned Ryan Tannehill. Blogging Dirty, a Falcons blog, mentioned Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson. Bleacher Report has also dubbed Atlanta a trade destination for Tannehill. I have seen Falcons fans on Twitter call for Matt Ryan to return from the booth.
It’s all for naught.
The Falcons gave Desmond Ridder the reins with the intention of seeing it through, which probably means all of the 2023 season. I’m not defending the play of Ridder because it’s been bad, but the nonsense about a potential in-season replacement is just that, nonsense. Hell, the Falcons would turn to Taylor Heinicke before trading or signing one of Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson, or any other quarterback these people conjure up.
I will be critical of Desmond Ridder because that comes with the territory of being an NFL quarterback, but people need to stop wasting their breath on a potential in-season change unless it involves Taylor Heinicke.
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