QB controversy could be on the immediate horizon for the Falcons

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The Falcons drafted Michael Penix Jr. six weeks after giving Kirk Cousins a four-year, $180 million free agent deal.

It’s obviously created a whirlwind of criticism, questions, and confusion among fans and the media. What makes it even worse is how Atlanta’s brass has handled the fallout.

Terry Fontenot said if Penix sits for four or five years, that’s a good thing. Now, I consider that comment to be a lot of coachspeak and hyperbole, but it still speaks volumes about the disorganization of this franchise.

Raheem Morris also had a head-scratching comment about the dynamic between Cousins and Penix, proclaiming that the veteran doesn’t have to worry about his job security with the rookie on the roster.

Ideally, Cousins performs well and there is no quarterback controversy, but if we can count on anything with the Falcons, rarely do things go according to plan.

Cousins is going to be questioned at every turn when he struggles, even if the Falcons aren’t going to entertain a change at quarterback. It’s hilarious that Morris is proclaiming Cousins’ job is safe before either guy takes a snap for the team.

That controversy could really pick up here before Week 1 too. According to a source, Dan Patrick says that Penix will get first-team reps during offseason training activities, which will immediately bring about questions surrounding Kirk Cousins vs. Michael Penix.

Though there are concerns about Penix’s age and his injury history, nobody questions the arm talent. The kid can absolutely spin it, and in a setting where there’s no live pass rush, similar to a pro day, Penix is going to thrive.

The Falcons believe there’s no quarterback controversy, and there probably isn’t a threat to Cousins’ starting job, but that won’t stop the rumblings from players or fans calling to see the southpaw.

The quarterback controversy is already here, whether Raheem Morris and Terry Fontenot want to admit it or not.

Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire


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