It only took a day of training camp for the Atlanta Falcons to decide who their starting quarterback would be, and he is none other than Marcus Mariota.
None other than quarterbacks coach Charles London shared the decision with The Athletic.
“Obviously we have a plan for each of them. Marcus is the starter,” said London. “So let’s go into this thing.”
The move means Atlanta will relegate Desmond Ridder as a backup quarterback for the Falcons this season.
After serving as Derek Carr’s backup in Las Vegas for the past two years, Mariota gets to show off his stuff.
The second overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft signed with the Falcons after Matt Ryan was traded to the Indianapolis Colts.
The signing also reunited Mariota with former coach Arthur Smith, as both worked together when they were with the Tennessee Titans.
Shortly after officially joining the Falcons, the 28-year-old from Hawaii didn’t deny that the chance to work with Smith was a factor in his decision.
“Loyalty is very important to me,” Mariota told Rob DeMello KHON2 news. “It’s something we all thrive on here in Hawaii. Art is someone who has been in my corner for a long time. I appreciate everything he has done for me.”
“I am excited about this opportunity. I’m excited to be part of this organization and looking forward to just getting started.”
Mariota’s NFL career began on a high when he scored four touchdowns in his first game of the regular season and overwhelmed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
His career hasn’t been spared from injuries, but Mariota came up with reasonable numbers. That included 38 sacks in 12 games and a 3-9 record as a starter.
In his rookie season, he threw for 19 touchdowns (along with two touchdown runs) against 10 interceptions.
It’s been a rough NFL run for Mariota in recent years. Now he’s getting a chance to redeem himself with the help of a former coach who may know how to get the best out of him.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/mariota-gets-nod-starting-qb-falcons-1835450?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Mariota earns Falcons starting quarterback nomination