If the Atlanta Falcons think that they can plug Joey Harrington into the role of starting quarterback and challenge for the NFC South title, they had better get back out of fantasy land. Harrington is a journeyman quarterback that has never really found much success in the National Football League, which is why he finds himself on his third team in as many years. He was the number 3 pick in the 2002 draft, and by all indications five years later he has never come close to reaching that potential. As a starter, Harrington has a 23-43 record in 66 starts and career quarterback rating of 68.1.
The Falcons are in a word “scrambling” to get their options at the quarterback position lined up as they get set to start training camp on Thursday. No more can they count on steady Matt Schaub, as he was shipped to the Texans in the offseason. When all the Michael Vick news broke, there was a rumor that Atlanta wanted Schaub back so bad they were offering Houston two number one draft picks for him to return to Atlanta. Needless to say, the Texans turned them down.
So really right now there are not many options for the Falcons to look at. They do have their eyes on former Vikings and Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper, who if healthy could come in and compete with Harrington for the starting job. Two seasons ago he threw for 39 touchdowns, but right now that seems like 10 years ago. The other option may come from Washington, where there are whispers about Mark Brunell coming to the Falcons. Brunell played for Falcons coach Bobby Petrino with the Jaguars. Then in 2005 he threw a career-high 23 touchdown passes with the Redskins, when working with Bill Musgrave, who is now the Falcons quarterbacks coach.
The price for any QB to come to Atlanta right now is not going to be cheap, as teams are going to hold the Falcons basically hostage for giving up a QB. That is the price the Falcons are going to have to pay for what they have on their hands with Vick. No matter what though, there has got to be a roster move made at somepoint, as the thought of Harrington taking snaps on opening day as the starter does not bode well for the birds.