Arthur Smith hasn’t considered hiring Marcus Mariota, and won’t say who starts next week

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Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota He played an ugly game Thursday night, but he was never in danger of being caught off the bench.

That is the word of Falcons coach Arthur Smith, who said after the match that he had never considered switching to the rookie quarterback. Desmond Reader.

However, Smith did not definitively say that Mariota will still start the Falcons’ next game, November 20 against the Bears.

“I know these are common narratives, and these are the easiest questions to ask,” Smith said. “But as a full football team, we have to do a better job, starting with myself. So, we look every week to make sure we have the right people in the right places.”

When asked a follow-up question about whether Mariota or Ryder would leave, Smith refused to focus specifically on the quarterback position.

“You can talk about the midfielder, what about the team?” Smith said. “We have had the opportunity at the end of the fourth quarter over the past two weeks, a lot of different ways, a lot of different stages where we have to improve. And we have a chance to do that with seven games left.”

The Falcons have a chance to make the playoffs, thanks to the overall weakness in South Asia. But they won’t gain as much if Mariota continues to play as he did Thursday night.

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