Report: Falcons will start Desmond Ridder after bye week

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Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said after last Sunday’s loss that “everything is on the table” when asked about the possibility of making a quarterback change when the team returns from their bye in Week 15 and it appears he has decided to make a switch.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Falcons will turn to rookie Desmond Ridder for their game in New Orleans. Marcus Mariota has started all 13 games for the Falcons this season and the team is 5-8 in those contests.

Ridder was a third-round pick in April after leading Cincinnati to the college football playoffs during the 2021 season. He has yet to take any regular season snaps and the team will be using their extended break to make sure he’s fully prepared for his initial NFL action.

Ridder’s performance over the final four weeks will be an important factor for the Falcons to consider heading into the offseason. They are currently slotted to pick 10th overall and finding an answer at quarterback will be a primary goal if Ridder doesn’t show that he has the potential to be the long-term answer at the position.

23 responses to “Report: Falcons will start Desmond Ridder after bye week

  1. I don’t know if Ridder is the answer but I do know that Marcus Mariota should not be a starter in the NFL.

  2. I’m no scout, but Ridder was the most intriguing prospect from the 2022 draft class in my opinion. He got better as a passer over his college career and relied on the QB run less as his college years went on. It’ll be interesting to see what Ridder can do in Arthur Smith’s offense. This is as good an opportunity as a young player can get. Not really much pressure to come in an win right away but a good opportunity to set up expectations for next season.

  3. It’s probably three weeks too late give them a chance to win the division – if they ever really did have one – since the Bucs seem to have come back to life (helps getting people healthy). Mariota will work his butt off doing everything he can to help Ridder get ready and will probably gracefully transition back into what he’ll be for the rest of his NFL career: a high quality back-up QB.

  4. It’s the right move. Mariota was the same Mariota that he was with the Titans. Not good. Time to see what you have in Ridder.

  5. Amazing how many teams struggle at the most important position in football, and worse, give up so much for so little.

    This is why Denver is so elated with having landed first ballot HOF QB and ironman Russell Wilson.

    Despite a terrible OLine who can’t seem to hold a block past 3 seconds, a defense that keeps giving up points, and a game plan that doesn’t let him cook, Russ has quietly put together a stellar season compared to anyone but himself.

  6. Marriotta has everything you want in a quarterback except accuracy. He has no accuracy and if he ever wants to become a good quarterback he needs to work with someone like Brady’s off season QB coach.

  7. What took so long? On a team that passes only 40% of the time while handing off 60% what’s the worst that could happen? Don’t waste a #1 pick on a QB, get a CB or OT.

  8. Maybe the team needs more of a spark and Ridder can provide it. Its not like the team has Pitts or other outstanding receivers though Patterson is playing well. I am still pulling for Mariota to get his career going …

  9. so At that game we finally see these teams realize that the top 2 draft picks in the 2015 draft were WAY overrated and hung around to long as starters!

  10. I’d love to see Ridder play well but ultimately there was a reason he slid to the 3rd round. His accuracy will be his downfall in the NFL, where you need to fit the ball into tight windows on nearly every throw.

  11. Desmond is a great guy. It’s hard to predict how much college success translates to the NFL but he was very good at UC.

    Go Bearcats!!!

  12. Take note fellow delusional Raider fans who in years past thought Mariota should start over Carr. lol

  13. If Ridder fails, then we will understand why Arthur Smith held him out for so long. If he’s good or even reasonably better than Mariotta, then we need to start questioning Coach Smith’s judgement for waiting.

  14. ogre4nerds says:
    December 8, 2022 at 11:26 am
    I’m no scout, but Ridder was the most intriguing prospect from the 2022 draft class in my opinion. He got better as a passer over his college career and relied on the QB run less as his college years went on. It’ll be interesting to see what Ridder can do in Arthur Smith’s offense. This is as good an opportunity as a young player can get. Not really much pressure to come in a win right away but a good opportunity to set up expectations for next season.
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    Not much pressure to win right away? They have two more division games. One is the last game of the season against the Bucs, in what could possibly line up to be win and in for a horrible division. No pressure.

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