Saints News: Desmond Ridder will make first career start vs. NOLA

Leigh Oleszczak
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In Saints news, both the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons are enjoying their week off but that didn't stop the Falcons -- who NOLA faces in Week 15 after the bye -- from making a move at the most important position. They're making a switch at quarterback from Marcus Mariota to rookie Desmond Ridder.

The Falcons spent a third-round pick on the Cincinnati quarterback and it was surprising to see them stick with Mariota for so long despite his not-so-stellar outings. Mariota, for what it's worth, did well against the Saints in Week 1 so fans are probably okay with this.

Ridder is also a running quarterback though, having rushed for nearly 700 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior during the 2020 season with the Bearcats. He'll likely deal the Saints run defense fits since they have a hard time stopping running quarterback as it is, let alone a rookie quarterback who they've never faced or seen film on before.

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Johnson's article on Shaheed discusses just what a find the rookie weapon has been for New Orleans this year. Fans have enjoyed watching him go from an undrafted unknown out of powerhouse Weber State to one of the best offensive weapons on the Saints offense.

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Rose discusses the course of Ingram's career and the sad truth that we all likely know by now -- His time in New Orleans officially ended after tearing his MCL in that depressing loss to the Bucs.

"If Monday's game was his last with New Orleans, he'll leave behind a decorated career as one of the most popular players in franchise history and will surely wind up in the Saints Hall of Fame. "

Bob Rose

Ingram's second stint in the Big Easy wasn't what we all hoped it'd be but it's hard to argue that he's not one of the most important Saints of all-time.

12 head coach candidates Saints should consider in 2023 [John Sigler, Saints Wire]

I won't spoil who Sigler put on the list but Saints fans are going to see a lot of these head coach speculation posts for the Saints until the team officially decides to retain Dennis Allen beyond 2023. I personally think he'll be given at least one more season (or part of it) due to the slew of injuries the team has sustained this year but hopefully, the organization surprises us and parts ways with him.

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