Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota performed an unsightly recreation on Thursday evening, however he was by no means in peril of being benched.
That’s the phrase from Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, who stated after the sport that he by no means thought of turning to rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder.
However, Smith wouldn’t say definitively that Mariota will stay the starter for the Falcons’ next recreation, November 20 towards the Bears.
“I know those are popular narratives, those are the easy questions to ask,” Smith stated. “But as a whole football team, we’ve got to do a better job, starting with myself. So, we look every week to make sure we’ve got the right guys in the right spots.”
When requested a follow-up query about whether or not Mariota or Ridder will go, Smith declined to focus particularly on the quarterback place.
“You can make it about the quarterback, how about the team?” Smith stated. “We had an opportunity at the end of the fourth quarter the last two weeks, and a lot of different ways, and a lot of different phases where we’ve got to get better. And we’ve got an opportunity to do that with seven games left.”
The Falcons do have a possibility to make the playoffs, due to the general weak spot of the AFC South. But they’re not going to win a lot if Mariota retains enjoying like he did on Thursday evening.