New Falcons OC Zac Robinson clearly has an eye for QB talent

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The Falcons are going to be in the market for a quarterback, and fans hope the trio of Terry Fontenot, Raheem Morris, and Zac Robinson is better at assessing the position than Arthur Smith and company.

Over the three seasons with Smith in Atlanta, the Falcons trotted out a combination of an aging Matt Ryan, Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke. The club underachieved in 2023 because of poor quarterback play, and it ultimately cost Smith his job.

The Falcons have to be done with half measures at the position, and it looks like they have the right guy in the building to make that decision. Atlanta’s new offensive coordinator is a former quarterback, quarterbacks coach, and learned under one of the best and brightest in Sean McVay.

Moreover, the track record is there for Robinson. Leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft, many wrote off Patrick Mahomes as a prospect. Then, when the Chiefs traded up to the 10th pick and drafted the Texas Tech product, it was met with widespread criticism among national pundits.

However, former PFF analyst and current Falcons offensive coordinator Zac Robinson praised the selection, describing Mahomes as “the most gifted passer in the draft” in a post-draft assessment.

Most Falcons fans are turned off by the idea of drafting J.J. McCarthy, but if Robinson believes he’s got it, everyone will have to accept it. Robinson and this regime deserve the benefit of the doubt… until they don’t.

Obviously, McCarthy is just one example, but he’s a polarizing prospect among Falcons fans, and I believe a scenario of him going 8th overall is certainly plausible for Atlanta this April.

The point is that if Zac Robinson sees Justin Fields, Kirk Cousins, McCarthy, or any other quarterback as the answer, Falcons fans should wait and see instead of voicing their displeasure.

Photographer: Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire

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