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Falcons need to make a move for a backup QB

August 17th, 2012
Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Colt McCoy

Despite the promising and strong showing of Dominique Davis in last night’s preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Falcons backup quarterback position has emerged as a problem position so far this summer. Chris Redman has struggled mightily and John Parker Wilson has been largely a non-factor. While Davis has made his name and I believe has performed well enough in the preseason to merit this team keeping him as the third quarterback on the depth chart, he’s not quite ready to fill the role as Matt Ryan’s primary backup.

Davis is still a bit too raw. There are too many missed throws or reads for him to be trusted to fill in and keep the Falcons playoff hopes alive in the event of a Ryan injury. But Davis has shown enough upside that with more development, one could envision him down the road as Ryan’s primary backup. But in the meantime, the Falcons are in a position where it’s imperative they make a move.

Redman’s regression over the past two seasons has been stark. While he looked good in some of his spot starts in 2009 for an injured Ryan, it was the last time that has been the case. Without any reps in 2010, Redman got some opportunities late last season. But in the season finale against the Buccaneers, Redman  played about half the game and looked very rusty. That seemed odd given that he had gotten extensive reps in each of the past two games prior to that to shake off any rust. It was the first sign that things were not looking optimistic.

The big names being discussed as possible trade bait are Colt McCoy and Tarvaris Jackson. While both would be definite upgrades over Redman, if I had to choose between one of them, I would think McCoy would be the better move for the Falcons. Mainly because Davis brings many of the same traits to the field that Jackson does, as well as the fact that Jackson has never taken an NFL snap in a game where Darrell Bevell was not calling plays for him. And it remains a question mark whether he can adapt to a non-Bevell-coached West Coast system. With McCoy having been coached by both Brian Daboll and Pat Shurmur, the hope is at least that he would be better able to adapt to a brand new system. It’s ideal to have a backup quarterback that believes he has a future as a starter. That has been one of the biggest knocks against Redman, who from his lacking desire to test himself on the open market in free agency, indicates that he has really no desire to start for an NFL team. Someone that envisions themselves starting will at least put in the work during the week to try and improve and will do their best to take advantage of any opportunity that comes along. That hasn’t happened with Redman for some time. And with a player like McCoy, that should change.

If the Falcons were to make a move for a player like McCoy, they would likely need to part ways with a late round pick. Because reports indicate there is a lot of interest in McCoy, it might drive up the price slightly. A fifth round pick might need to be moved to acquire his services. It’s not ideal, but I’d certainly happily forfeit next year’s fifth round pick to prevent Chris Redman from stepping on the field in a Falcon uniform again.

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  1. All In
    August 17th, 2012 at 13:33 | #1

    I agree whole-heartedly…. Redman loves manning the clipboard… how can you claim an open competition for all training camp spots and there is absolutely no kind of push for progress by the backup QBs? maybe Ryan could’ve progressed a long time ago if he had somebody alongside him who actually cared about getting better at their job… or maybe it’s a sign that the falcons coaches didn’t want to make Ryan uncomfortable by giving him some viable competition? whatever it is… those two backups need to go… they’ve been wasting space too long and all they take pride in is filling out the clipboard and relaying signals on the sidelines… If we can get McCoy for a 5th round pick… pull the trigger.

  2. All In
    August 17th, 2012 at 13:41 | #2

    If I was one of those receivers fighting for a spot on the team I would be absolutely pissed at having Redman and JPW throwing to me… How in the hell am I supposed to make an impression when the QB can’t or does not even want to get the ball out to me… In my opinion, I don’t think Redman can throw any other route besides a 8 yard comeback… Did we not learn anything from 2009 when Ryan went down? What about the 2011 Indianapolis Colts? What about the fact that our O-line was terrible last year and Ryan almost got injured in that Detroit game? We have to fix this problem immediately!!!

  3. Darrell
    August 21st, 2012 at 20:55 | #3

    Totally disagree with bringing in someone at this point. This should have been addressed in free agency but of course it wasn’t. Bringing in a new QB now doesn’t help, he won’t know the offense and won’t have time to learn it with limited reps. Better to wait for cuts and continue to develop Davis. Redman and Wilson are done.

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