Falcons coach, G.M. reportedly are torn on whether to take a quarterback

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The first three picks in the 2021 draft will be quarterbacks. The question becomes whether quarterbacks will go four for four to start the process.

A separate question is whether the fourth pick, if it’s indeed a quarterback, will be made by the Falcons (who currently hold the selection) or someone else.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Falcons coach Arthur Smith believes that incumbent quarterback Matt Ryan has at least two years left in the tank, but that G.M. Terry Fontenot wants to take a quarterback.

Mortensen adds that the Falcons are likely targeting North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. (This assumed that Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, and Mac Jones will be gone before the Falcons are on the clock.)

It could be a ruse aimed at getting any team that wants Lance to realize that it may need to move all the way to No. 4 to get him, with the Bengals at No. 5 or the Dolphins at No. 6 not an options. If it’s not a smokescreen in this season of dry ice, it will be interesting to see whether Smith or Fontenot prevail in the potential tug of war.

Falcons CEO Rich McKay may chime in, but ultimately it will be owner Arthur Blank who does, or doesn’t, sign off on the selection of the franchise’s next potential franchise quarterback. Thus, the final decision will be made by Blank, whatever that decision may be.

12 responses to “Falcons coach, G.M. reportedly are torn on whether to take a quarterback

  1. They should pick one to sit for two years learning the NFL game from Matt Ryan. May not pick again this high without trading up.

  2. Lance could probably use two years of study under Ryan. It would be great to have a potentially great qb ready to go rather than scrambling like the Bears have been doing all these years and the Saints are about to go through.

  3. Be smart Atlanta, Give Matty Ice Kyle Pitts. That would make them an unstoppable offense.

  4. Tricky spot. Brees gone and a reasonable schedule makes the playoffs a legit opportunity. Their best short-term opportunity is keeping Ryan and getting him a killer playmaker, then filling out more talent high in the other rounds.

    Or they could take a QB and give him a couple years to become better, if they have the stamina to stick to that.

    They’re going to have to replace Ryan in a couple years. Will they have a better opportunity to do so then or now?

  5. Who can believe the Niners will entrust the most talented roster in the NFL to a rookie like Mac Jones? Why would they waste the next two years of Super Bowl chances when they are right on the cusp of greatness?

    The Falcons choice comes down to who’s left after the Vikings pick after they get the #3 from the Niners for Cousins.

  6. This team has salary cap issues to clean up and if I’m the new GM, I don’t want the clock to start ticking on my job security yet until I put some core pieces in place. As soon as a GM picks a QB in the first round, the clock starts ticking and your job likely hinges on the success of that QB. If I was the new GM, I’d wait on a QB for a year or two. This is probably all a smokescreen anyway in order to drum up business at #4 because CIN, MIA, and probably DET aren’t taking QBs. So if the Panthers, Pats, or Broncos want one, they probably don’t need to move up to #4, they only need to move to #6 or #7.

  7. Father time is going to catch up to Ryan in the next few years, and they probably won’t be in a better spot to pick a QB than they are right now. If they pass up this opportunity, they’re likely to find themselves in “QB purgatory” once Ryan retires.

  8. Good grief. It CAN’T be a smokescreen. The Falcons either want a QB or they don’t. How can saying we may or may not want a QB make a team trade WITH the Falcons? That would make the Falcons trade a QB (pick) they like? Just think about that. Zero sense. In fact THIS is the reason the Niners went to pick 3 in the first place.

  9. backintheday99 says:
    April 6, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    Good grief. It CAN’T be a smokescreen. The Falcons either want a QB or they don’t. How can saying we may or may not want a QB make a team trade WITH the Falcons? That would make the Falcons trade a QB (pick) they like? Just think about that. Zero sense. In fact THIS is the reason the Niners went to pick 3 in the first place.

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    If you feign interest in a QB (even if you want one), it makes the other teams think that you might take one. In doing so, there would only be one QB left. So you’re trying to have a team that wants a QB (or a certain QB) to trade up to #4 so you can get a ton of assets. For a team with like 40 players under contract and up against the cap like the Falcons are, the more cheap players on rookie contracts that fill holes, the better.

  10. What’s a rookie QB going to learn from Ryan? How to choke in the second half of games?

  11. For anyone who criticizes a bad team for conveniently losing the last game or two of a lost season, please note how much a franchise gains by being in the position the Falcons are in now. And the intrigue actually gives their fans something to care about.

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