Marcus Mariota: If Falcons draft a QB, I’ll give as much advice as I can

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When the Falcons traded Matt Ryan to the Colts, they quickly signed Marcus Mariota.

But with the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s draft, Atlanta could certainly be in the market for a quarterback of the future.

That would make Mariota a bridge quarterback, which most would expect. But Mariota wants to make Atlanta his home for years to come in his first opportunity to start since the Titans benched him for Ryan Tannehill in 2019.

In an interview with Steve Wyche for the Falcons’ website, Mariota reiterated that there’s nothing guaranteed for him entering 2022.

“This is just an opportunity,” Mariota said. “I feel like I have never been handed anything and I’m excited for this.

“If things work out, hopefully I’ll be here for the next few years.”

But Mariota recognizes that the Falcons could also bring in a quarterback via the draft. And if that happens, he plans to support the young QB however he can.

“If it’s not me, it’s okay too,” Mariota said. “I’ve been in this situation before. It’s a ‘control what I can control,’ mindset. I have no ego. I can be an ear and listen. Teams are going to do what they’re going to do. If they do draft someone, I’ll give as much advice and knowledge as I can. If not, I’m ready to roll.”

Mariota has the advantage of being familiar with the scheme, having played under head coach Arthur Smith with the Titans. But Mariota will have to be significantly better than he was the last time he was a starter to not just win the Falcons QB1 job, but also keep it.

7 responses to “Marcus Mariota: If Falcons draft a QB, I’ll give as much advice as I can

  1. Mariota is still a great QB, hopes you guys can protect him unlike the Titans did he is mega fast too. Watching him play in year 1 and 2 was very fun!

  2. MM has a great attitude I wish him all the success. When healthy he can flash some great plays. And this is coming from an Oregon State fan that hates the Ducks.

  3. He seems like a good guy. He looked happy to be on the field when his play was called for the Raiders.

  4. Always liked this kids attitude. I could be wrong, but I don’t recall any peewhining when he got benched. Take notes Baker.

  5. Well of course Mariota will give a possible new quarterback advice. Notice however, he tactfully avoided saying if that advise would be good — or bad.

  6. I believe iF the Oline can give MM any amount of time to go through progressions, he will surprise many in a good way…. I see Mariota as a better QB than several starting Qbs in the league today…

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