Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith is throwing stuff at a wall and seeing what sticks.
With nowhere else to go, the Falcons are returning to backup Taylor Heinicke because the staff’s starter, seemingly for the remainder of the season, after Week 1 starter Desmond Ridder led the staff in Atlanta’s 9-7 loss to the Panthers.
The transfer is important, however it will not assist the Falcons. Per the New York Times playoff predictor, the Falcons (6-8) have a seven p.c probability of reaching the postseason.
In three earlier appearances this season (together with two begins), Heinicke was 41-of-74 (55.4 p.c) for 498 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. His profession interception fee (2.8 p.c) is identical as Ridder’s this season.
If there is a cause for optimism, it is that Atlanta averaged 24.7 factors per recreation in Heinicke’s three appearances in comparison with 16.7 factors per recreation within the staff’s different 11 video games.
Nonetheless, contemplating the transfer to Heinicke wasn’t paired with a change in offensive playcalling, leaving that within the fingers of Smith, chances are high the transfer at quarterback is simply wallpaper.
As unhealthy as Ridder has been, Smith has been simply as answerable for the staff’s shortcomings. His run-heavy strategy has backfired this season regardless of the staff rating ninth in speeding yards. Atlanta is twenty first in yards per carry, twenty sixth in rush expected points added (EPA) and twenty seventh in rush success fee, or the variety of performs that end in a optimistic EPA.
NFL Next Gen Stats present that working backs Tyler Allgeier and Bijan Robinson confronted eight or extra defenders within the field at among the many highest charges within the league, indicating defenses can predict what Atlanta will do offensively and the Falcons are helpless to cease it.
Smith’s fingers are simply as soiled as Ridder’s. The extra he tinkers with the offense, the larger the mess he creates.