August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Chris Redman (8) throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Georgia Dome. The Bengals beat the Falcons 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
It's official, the reign of Chris Redman as the No. 2 quarterback in Atlanta is over. The Falcons released the 35-year-old backup today, and they also brought in Luke McCown, a former fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech.
McCown spent the last three seasons in Jacksonville, so if you're sitting there wondering why he was brought in, now you know. He knows Dirk Koetter's offense, that's his biggest positive coming to Atlanta.
Rojohombre as he is known here did not have a good preseason. He was kept on with a one-year contract this offseason, but the Falcons are clearly moving in a different direction with their quarterbacks. I think Matt Ryan is safe, though. Redman played with the Falcons since 2007, and he mentored Ryan as he came up into the NFL.
Dominique Davis, the unheralded star of 2012 at this point, is sweeping the nation...err, Atlanta. Several of us hopped on his bandwagon early, and it appears the Falcons believe in him after what they've seen in three games.
McCown was with the Saints at the beginning of the offseason. Maybe he uncovered some of the hidden secrets of the playbook there to bring to over to Mike Smith. He can be a big help for Davis in helping him learn the new system as well.
Farewell Chris Redman. We wish you the best. How's everyone feeling about the latest developments?