Falcons O-Line must improve so Desmond Ridder can throw downfield

The Morning Shift explains why better pass protection is key to seeing more explosive passing plays

Despite the Atlanta Falcons’ 24-10 win in week one versus the Carolina Panthers, some Falcons fans weren’t pleased with Desmond Ridder’s performance, even though he had the second highest passer rating in week one and didn’t turn the ball over.

However, earlier today The Morning Shift explained why the Falcons offensive line needs to improve in pass protection if Falcons fans expect to see more explosive plays in the passing game.

“What on Sunday looked like they could drop back and attempt to throw the ball downfield the first three quarters? What about what they were doing? I’m not talking about play calling, I’m talking about up front.” Beau Morgan said

Morgan continued by saying “There was no way they were getting balls off 15 yards down the field, hell Brian Burns basically took the pitch from Bijan Robinson in the first half, that’s how bad McGary looked on that play, so do you really think that Desmond Ridder could’ve dropped back and thrown a 25 yard go route or post route to Kyle Pitts or Drake London?”

Beau finished his thought by saying “What about that constituted throwing the ball down the field? You could not pass protect, was that the quarterback's fault, no, that’s your offensive line. Is that the play calling’s fault, no, that’s the fact that you weren’t doin the job up front.”

The Falcons were by no means perfect on Sunday, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting the team to get better, and wanting players to perform better, but it’s not always the quarterback's fault.

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