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Arthur Smith Weighs in on Falcons' QB Situation Ahead of Week 11

David Kaestle
Arthur Smith doesn't think the Atlanta Falcons need a quarterback change.
Arthur Smith doesn't think the Atlanta Falcons need a quarterback change. / Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons have fallen out of first place in the NFC South after suffering back-to-back losses, dropping their record to 4-6 on the season. Quarterback Marcus Mariota's poor play against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football during Week 10 has caused some fans and media to wonder whether it's time for a change at the position.

Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Change

With rookie signal caller Desmond Ridder waiting in the wings, many want to find out what he's capable of before the end of the season. Head coach Arthur Smith disagrees, however, and downplayed the notion of a QB change on Monday.

Smith doesn't see the two straight losses as a legitimate reason to panic or abandon what Atlanta has been doing on offense. The Falcons are still very much in the playoff hunt, after all, as they only trail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by one game in the division.

Mariota has taken Atlanta this far, and Smith intends to keep him under center for at least a little while longer.

The Falcons will look to bounce back at home in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears, who have lost three straight. Atlanta is currently favored by 3 points on FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NFL odds.

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