August 8, 2022


  • Marcus Mariota is about to start out as the Atlanta Falcons’ important quarterback
  • He’s seeking to recall his previous lethal type beneath coach Arthur Smith
  • Desmond Ridder will get an ample time to show himself as Mariota’s backup

It took solely sooner or later of coaching camp for the Atlanta Falcons to resolve on who their beginning quarterback would be, and he’s no apart from Marcus Mariota.

At least quarterbacks coach Charles London instructed The Athletic concerning the choice.

“Clearly, we have a plan for every of them. Marcus is the starter,” London acknowledged. “That is how we’re going into this factor.”

The transfer signifies that Atlanta will relegate Desmond Ridder because the backup quarterback for the Falcons this season.

After serving as Derek Carr’s backup in Las Vegas within the final two years, Mariota will get to indicate his stuff.

The second total choose from the 2015 NFL Draft signed with the Falcons after Matt Ryan received traded to the Indianapolis Colts.

The signing additionally reunited Mariota with former coach Arthur Smith as each labored collectively once they had been with the Tennessee Titans.

Not lengthy after he formally joined the Falcons, the 28-year-old from Hawaii didn’t deny that the prospect to work with Smith was a think about his choice.

“Loyalty is essential to me,” Mariota instructed Rob DeMello of KHON2 News. “It’s one thing that all of us dwell off of right here in Hawaii. Artwork has been any person that is been in my nook for a very long time. I admire every thing he is executed for me.”

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“I am enthusiastic about this chance. I am excited to be a part of this group and searching ahead to only getting on the market.”

Mariota’s NFL profession began on a excessive observe, throwing 4 touchdowns in his first regular-season recreation in a blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

His profession has not been spared from accidents, however Mariota got here up with affordable numbers. That included 38 sacks in 12 video games and a 3-9 file as a starter.

In his rookie season, he threw for 19 touchdowns (together with two landing runs) in opposition to 10 interceptions.

It has been a tough NFL run for Mariota for the previous couple of years. Now, he will get an opportunity to redeem himself with some assist from a former coach who could know how one can deliver out the perfect in him.

A.J. Bouye #21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars leaps to sort out Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans throughout their recreation at TIAA Financial institution Area on September 23, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photograph: Julio Aguilar/Getty Photos

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