Rich McKay sits on the NFL competition committee as the chair but is also the Falcons president. As a chair, he made a note of where the league is going, and it’s a bit ironic, given the state of quarterback play in Atlanta.
Falcons president/NFL competition committee chair Rich McKay sites a number of stats to illustrate where the sport is going …
• League-wide passer rating: 88.2.
• Completions per game: 44.
• League-wide completion percentage: 65%.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 17, 2023
Desmond Ridder is below average in most facets of quarterback metrics, including those three that McKay mentions. It’s a passing league, and the Falcons don’t exactly have that in spades.
Ridder’s passer rating is 83.2; he’s completing around 21 passes per game and 64% of his passes. The Falcons are getting below average play at the position in those metrics as well as several others.
He has thrown for 300 yards in back-to-back contests, but that might have to do more with the ineffective running game than anything, averaging around 3.0 yards per carry over the last two weeks.
The Falcons are a quarterback away from seriously competing in the NFC. Ridder has improved, but there have been far too many inconsistencies to take this club seriously. They could still take the division and host the first playoff game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium; however, you’d be delusional to be confident in that outcome.
Desmond Ridder is clearly holding this team back. The offense has enough weapons to arm a small nation, yet Arthur Smith’s group ranks in the bottom four of scoring offenses. Explain that to me.
I’ll explain it. The Falcons constantly shoot themselves in the foot, and oftentimes it is Ridder turning the ball over. He’s not all to blame, but he’s certainly the bigger problem.