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Falcons ditch Chris Redman, sign Luke McCown

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The Falcons swapped backup quarterbacks Tuesday, signing Luke McCown and releasing Chris Redman, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

This is not a move that should change your plans for your upcoming fantasy draft, but it does speak to the priorities of a new coaching staff.

McCown was just released by the Saints, but spent the previous three seasons in Jacksonville, where he worked with new Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Redman was a vaguely functional backup, which is to say he didn’t do much the last five seasons in Atlanta. He started six games in that span, throwing more touchdowns than interceptions (21-14), but winning just one of those starts.

These kind of moves happen all the time, with coordinators preferring someone they know to someone they don’t (like Rob Chudzinski fetching Derek Anderson to the Panthers). But in most of those cases, the team in question would be in a huge mess if those guys actually had to play.

This is one of those cases. Then again, that would have been true even if they stuck with Redman.

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9 Responses to “Falcons ditch Chris Redman, sign Luke McCown”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 28, 2012 3:07 PM

    Send in McCown.

  2. kane337 says: Aug 28, 2012 3:09 PM

    Good move Mike Smith. Redman has been awful the past few years. Dominique Davis has really shown he belongs on the team.

  3. professorcolumbus says: Aug 28, 2012 3:26 PM

    I actually thought Redman was one of the more serviceable backups around. McCown is a great person and an underrated athlete (though very fragile) but he has never shown that he can really play at an acceptable NFL level.

  4. hpeters77 says: Aug 28, 2012 3:38 PM

    this move was so the falcons can have an upperhand on saints playbook

  5. ppc50 says: Aug 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    AZ should call about Redman.

  6. mrlaloosh says: Aug 28, 2012 4:16 PM

    Falcons STILL going after Saints castoffs. Pretty sad.

  7. gojags says: Aug 28, 2012 5:22 PM

    Whenever I hear the name Redman in Football context, I think of Tom Brady. I believe Pioli was contemplating to pick either Redman or Brady in their 6th round pick (197). This one decision made one franchise to elite status and another to be what they were.

  8. misterplowthatnameagainismisterplow says: Aug 28, 2012 6:15 PM

    Davis has impressed me the way he’s moved the team during the pre-season. He’s a leader.

    Redman is a leader but his arm is weaker than Ryan (and that’s saying something) to me couldn’t make the throws he needed to make.

    The TD pass that Davis threw this past weekend in Miami was a thing of beauty. He deserves the shot at being the number two behind number 2.

  9. vtopa says: Aug 28, 2012 9:58 PM

    They picked him up so that he could divulge the Saints offensive playbook. Teams do this all the time. He’ll spend more time with the ATL defensive coaches than the offensive ones…

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