Falcons OC Zac Robinson: Exploring All Options at Quarterback

CEO Khai Intela
The Atlanta Falcons are gearing up for the next season with a new coaching staff and two quarterbacks on their roster. However, the team's offensive coordinator, Zac Robinson, wants to make it clear that they...

The Atlanta Falcons are gearing up for the next season with a new coaching staff and two quarterbacks on their roster. However, the team's offensive coordinator, Zac Robinson, wants to make it clear that they are open to all possibilities when it comes to their quarterback position.

In his introductory news conference, Robinson emphasized the importance of finding the best fit for the team, regardless of whether it's a traditional pocket passer or a more mobile quarterback. The Falcons are currently evaluating their current quarterbacks, Taylor Heinicke and Desmond Ridder, but Robinson made it clear that "all options are on the table."

Robinson, at 37-years-old, brings a fresh perspective to the role of offensive coordinator. With a background as an NFL player and experience in private quarterback coaching, as well as working with Pro Football Focus and the Los Angeles Rams coaching staff, he has a wealth of knowledge to draw upon.

Falcons OC Zac Robinson says all quarterback options 'on the table' Caption: Falcons OC Zac Robinson says all quarterback options 'on the table'

During his time in Los Angeles, Robinson had the opportunity to work with top quarterbacks like Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, and Baker Mayfield. This experience has shaped his open-minded approach to finding the right quarterback for the Falcons.

The team is currently considering whether to stick with Heinicke and Ridder or explore other options through the draft, free agency, or trades. The decision-making process will involve new head coach Raheem Morris, who has expressed a desire for quarterbacks with elite processing skills and good decision-making abilities.

Ridder, in his third year of his rookie deal, had a completion rate of 64.2% with 2,836 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, along with 12 fumbles. Heinicke, on the other hand, completed 54.4% of his passes for 890 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions in the 2023 season. Both quarterbacks are under contract for 2024, with Heinicke having a $9 million cap hit, but with $7 million in cap savings if Atlanta decides to move on from him.

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Robinson is excited to watch more of Ridder and further evaluate his potential. As for the team's offensive strategy for the next season, Robinson will work with his staff to determine the best approach in the coming months. Having previously been in Sean McVay's offense with the Rams, Robinson has learned valuable lessons in play-calling, leadership, and balancing the run and pass game.

One of Robinson's goals is to ensure clarity within the offense for the players. He praised the skills of running back Bijan Robinson and tight end Kyle Pitts, both of whom had been utilized in multiple positions under former head coach Arthur Smith. While acknowledging their versatility, Robinson sees Pitts as a tight end and Bijan Robinson as a running back, with plans to optimize their talents within the offense.

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As the Falcons embark on their search for the best quarterback for their team, one thing is clear: Zac Robinson and the coaching staff are committed to exploring every option. With an open mind and a focus on finding the most competitive player for the position, the Falcons are poised to make a decision that will shape their future success.

So, stay tuned for updates as the team navigates their quarterback options and prepares for the upcoming season. There's no doubt that Robinson's expertise and the Falcons' commitment to finding the right fit will lead to an exciting and dynamic offensive presence on the field.

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