The Falcons don’t have an obvious direction at the quarterback position. Desmond Ridder is biding his time on the bench and Taylor Heinicke is what he is at this point in his career.
Fans have essentially had it with Arthur Smith, and neither option at signal caller has seemingly been the stabilizing presence that Atlanta needs. It’s clear the Falcons will be in the market for a quarterback this offseason, but as Albert Breer recently pointed out in his mailbag, it might not be a bad thing.
“Now, I really hope Smith and Fontenot get to see the plan through, because what they’ve created is fantastic infrastructure for whomever ends up as the long-term quarterback. Plus, you could drop that person into an offense with a highly paid line (anchored by Jake Matthews, Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary), Bijan Robinson to take the pressure off and be an outlet in the run game, and Drake London and Kyle Pitts to throw to, not to mention a defense that has a really solid core.”
At this point, the Falcons haven’t necessarily gone all out for a guy other than Deshaun Watson. Atlanta won’t be in a position to land one of Drake Maye or Caleb Williams, but they will have all of their future draft picks and plenty of cap space to either move up in the draft or trade for an established player.
It could be much worse. At the very least, Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot have set the stage for the next regime to find the answer at quarterback.
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