The Atlanta Falcons entered the season with marginal expectations. It was supposed to be a season in which Marcus Mariota would help pass the torch to rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder and a roster full of young playmakers looking towards the future.
But, Mariota took this opportunity and ran with it. The team got off to a solid 4-4 start and sits in second place in the wide-open NFC South division. After back-to-back losses and two of Mariota's worst performances of the season, the murmurs of a quarterback change began to rise.
On Sunday, NFL insider Ian Rapoport revealed how the team will handle it's quarterback situation for the remainder of the season.
There's no change coming, according to Rapoport. Head coach Arthur Smith has been adamant about Mariota's status as QB1 on the Falcons roster. "There is no situation. There was never a situation -- ever," said Smith when asked about a possible QB change.
Rapoport explains the decision goes further than the X's and O's, and making the decision is more about the state of the locker room over anything else. "Benching Mariota would be counterproductive while also sending the wrong message to the locker room. It might feel like saying goodbye to the season."
Mariota remains firmly under center for the Falcons in Week 11, who will look to defeat the Chicago Bears and move to 5-6 on the year.
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