Marcus Mariota eager to prove he belongs as a starting quarterback

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Marcus Mariota hasn’t started a game since he was benched for Ryan Tannehill in 2019 in Tennessee. But after two years as a backup in Las Vegas, he believes he’s going to prove he belongs as a starter in Atlanta.

Mariota, who backed up Derek Carr the last two seasons, said he thinks he’s a better quarterback for that experience and is going to prove it with the Falcons.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to prove, not only to myself but to those who have believed in me,” Mariota said, via ESPN. “So, I’m excited. The last couple of years was a great reset. I learned a lot from Derek. I learned a lot from being there. I feel ready to go.”

Mariota is almost certain to start Week One, but how long he holds off third-round rookie Desmond Ridder will depend in large part on whether he plays better than he did the last time he was a starter, in 2019 in Tennessee. Mariota believes he can prove that he’s the right man for the job, all season.

9 responses to “Marcus Mariota eager to prove he belongs as a starting quarterback

  1. He would get hurt taking hits during designed rubs.
    Use his mobility, but he needs to slide and avoid taking hits

  2. *yawn* This guy has already had what, 4-5 years to prove he belongs? The window has closed.

  3. Mariota flashes brilliance on occasion but to be an NFL starter of any acclaim you need to be consistent and he never has been that .

  4. Seems Atlanta has the right coach. I don’t think the results will as good as they were with matt ryan last year, but I am curious to see mariota in his second opportunity.

  5. Hmmmm. He maybe had 2 seasons as a starting caliber QB. Now he’s a decade older, has limited talent and is injury prone. Desmond Ritter should be starting by week 6

  6. wiremans12 says:
    August 4, 2022 at 10:59 am
    Mariota flashes brilliance on occasion


    When has he ever done that?

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