Chris Redman will no longer be Matt Ryan’s backup. The Atlanta Falcons released the 35-year-old today while signing former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown in the process.
McCown played with the Jaguars for the past three seasons under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. He clearly knows the system Koetter runs, and will be a benefit to have on the sidelines. With Dominique Davis impressing the staff in Atlanta, he is making a case to be the No. 2 quarterback this season.
Redman came to Atlanta in 2007 as part of the short-lived Bobby Petrino era. He helped usher in Ryan as the face of the franchise in 2008, and has been a mentor to the young quarterback ever since his arrival. This preseason was not a positive one for Redman, though, as his highest quarterback rating in three games was 71.1.
The Falcons are showing a lot of faith in Davis now, as he will likely move into the No. 2 quarterback position. While he is young and new to the league, he is on a different level than McCown as far as skill goes. McCown will be a useful teacher for Davis while he learns Koetter’s system. At the beginning of training camp this offseason, McCown found himself in New Orleans. Perhaps he can unveil a few strategies to the Falcons staff.
In five years with the Falcons, Redman played in 20 games and threw for 2,068 yards and 14 touchdowns during his tenure.