While the Falcons seem to be on the verge of total roster turnover just a month after the season came to a close, one position that will have to be addressed as the offseason and free agency starts in a few weeks is quarterback. There may be no other team in the league with a worse quarterbacking core, and that is or isn’t without the recently released Byron Leftwich.
Last season after the demise of Michael Vick, the team went into a total tailspin, trying out quarterbacks at what seemed to be a record pace. First there was the disaster that was Joey Harrington, who also should be on the streets before the 2008 season starts. There was a lot of talk during camp when everyone knew that Vick was not going to be there that this was going to be Harrington’s team. He did little to show much of anything, and by the third week of the season should have been benched for good.
Then there was Leftwich, who looked nothing like the QB that he was when he was in Jacksonville. He was rushed in during the Tennessee game, and was also just as bad as Harrington, to the point where during that game he missed a couple of wide open receivers that could have been the difference. He’ll have a hard time finding work elsewhere in the 08 season.
Then there was Chris Redmen, who actually did at points during his time on the field shown some ability, but in the end, he was not the solution, nor should he be thought of as. Yes, he does deserve to get looked at as a possible backup on this team, but nothing more. The thought of him even being in a competition during training camp should scare Falcons fans everywhere.
So where does that lead the team? Easy – this team either needs to go out and pluck a QB off the free agent market, (which is thin at that position), or they need to draft a player high and get things rolling in the right direction to develop that player. Problem is new coach Mike Smith has already indicated there does not appear to be a desire to draft a QB high. Why not?
One guy out there that could be had is the Browns QB Derek Anderson. He is a restricted free agent, which means the Falcons would have to part with their first and third round picks for him, but hey, they need a QB – bad. Anderson threw 29 TD’s last season and played in the Pro Bowl, and some think he has enough potential to get the job done for years to come. It’s a rather drastic move to throw out a first and third for Anderson, but with the shape this position is currently in, something drastic has to be done. And soon.