Not lengthy after Marcus Mariota-to-Atlanta smoke emerged, the previous No. 2 general decide has agreed to reunite with Arthur Smith. Mariota agreed to a two-year Falcons deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The Falcons have already introduced the deal.
The Falcons traded Matt Ryan to the Colts on Monday, giving them a quarterback want for the primary time since 2008. Mariota is actually not a lock to be a long-term starter in Atlanta, however the former Tennessee draftee has expertise with Smith and appears set to be Ryan’s rapid successor.
Smith was with the Titans all through Mariota’s five-year Nashville tenure, however he coached the workforce’s tight ends for the majority of Mariota’s starter seasons. Throughout Smith’s first offensive coordinator season, he benched Mariota for Ryan Tannehill. The Titans then let Mariota be part of the Raiders in free company. The previous Heisman Trophy winner didn’t supplant Derek Carr in Las Vegas, however he has a transparent path to being Atlanta’s starter subsequent season.
A damaged leg sustained on Christmas Eve 2016 altered Mariota’s Titans trajectory. The ex-Oregon phenom was coming off a season by which he threw 26 landing passes and simply 9 interceptions whereas including 349 dashing yards and two TDs. He didn’t attain 26 TD passes mixed from 2017-18, because the Titans shifted to a extra run-oriented assault.
Mariota did information Tennessee to the 2017 playoffs, the place they upset the Chiefs after erasing a three-score deficit, however accidents in 2018 supplied extra hurdles. Elbow bother led to Mariota lacking time in 2018, and he was ineffective for the 2019 Titans, who surged to the playoffs behind Tannehill.
Mariota, 28, didn’t make any begins with the Raiders however did present off-the-bench manufacturing as an damage substitute or a gadget working choice behind Carr. Smith’s former pupil will give the Falcons a dual-threat choice they didn’t have with Ryan. After all, it stays to be seen how a lot Smith can coax from Mariota via the air.