Despite what appears to be obvious to everyone else, the Altanta Falcons do not seem overly concerned about finding themselves a quarterback to challenge current starter Joey Harrington, or to at least provide insurance for when/if Harrington has a meltdown playing full-time for the Falcons. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Falcons are confident in what they have seen from Harrington, enough so that they have yet to pull the trigger on making a move. Many felt they were in the running for quarterback Kelly Holcomb, who the Eagles traded to the Vikings on Monday.
For now, the names being floated around as possible QB’s that might join the team at some point include Andrew Walter from the Raiders, Anthony Wright from the Giants, or possibly Mark Brunell from Washington. If any of those three get cut by their current teams, the Falcons would take a look. For now though, it appears it’s Harrington’s ship to steer. “As a quarterback, yeah, I do because it’s my job to get in the huddle and tell 10 other people what to do on that field,” Harrington said Monday night about feeling some ownership of the team. “When they have a question they come to me, and I need to be ready to give them the answer. I feel very confident with that, but I’m stepping into a new team, and the reality is that I’m going to need to work my way into it.”
So far Harrington has been decent in three preseason games, starting each one. Monday night he finally had running back Warrick Dunn on the field for the first time in preseason, as well as tight end Alge Crumpler, and played his best game, throwing for 164 yards and two TD’s. If he can put up those types of numbers in the regular season, the concern about not having Michael Vick under center would likely go away in a hurry. Then again, if Harrington turns into the Harrington we all know from years past, the Falcons had better have a backup plan. Right now that backup plan in Chris Redman, and that is simply not going to cut it.
While reports say that the Falcons have had some trade talks, but none serious, it in the end would be in their best interest to make sure they have a ‘Plan B’ in place for when/if Harrington can’t get the job done. Whether it be Walter, Wright, Brunell or someone else, the team should make sure they are not caught with the pants down like they were when the Vick saga hit the fan.