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On what Arthur Smith said about Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder, Falcons long-term vision and more

On what Arthur Smith said about Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder, Falcons long-term vision and more


Bill Whitten from Killen, Ala.

Scotty, if you were asked if the Falcons are headed in the right direction and answered yes how would you defend your answer given they have a run first coach, a quarterback who isn’t a reliable passer and their last two first round picks were receivers? This makes no sense to me.

Bair: Yes, Bill, I am going to say with full confidence that the Falcons are headed in the right direction. They’re getting right with the salary cap and will be next offseason. They’re building a roster through draft and development, and we’ve seen dividends from those picks in recent seasons.

This process takes time, and, with extra cash, the Falcons could make a grand talent leap next offseason. Don’t forget the Falcons are getting by this season with $79 million in dead cap – that means the Falcons have $79 million they can’t add in roster talent.

And, also, the Falcons are very well coached. The play callers rank high among their greatest assets. And there’s nothing wrong with being a run-first coach. A better way to think about Arthur Smith’s offense is that if morphs to fit its talent.

To you point about drafting pass catchers the last two rounds, it’s about adding top tier talent when you can get it. Both Kyle Pitts and Drake London are productive NFL talents. The Falcons will keep working to develop or find a quarterback, whether he’s currently on this roster or not.

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