The Power of Plan B: Atlanta Falcons’ Dominique Davis
Suppose the unthinkable happens to the Atlanta Falcons. Imagine in this case the unthinkable event is QB Matt Ryan falling to an injury. Horrible to think about but, Ryan’s durability notwithstanding, it could happen.
Presuming that second-string free agent QB Luke McCown isn’t going to be re-signed to the Falcons, enter current third-string QB Dominique Davis.
Davis is more of a dark horse than an overall-known product. The early part of Davis’ college career was indubitably nothing to write home about. The 2011 season, however, was a different story. Not only was it worth writing home about, but Davis’ accomplishments were such that ESPN sat up and took notice. He broke Tennessee Volunteers’ Tee Martin’s 1998 record of most consecutive completions in one game on October 22, 2011.
Fast forward to the 2013 NFL season and Dominique Davis moving into the position vacated by McCown.
A second-string quarterback must always be ready to take over, to lead the team, to get the job done and bring home the victory. The move to second place would surely be déjà vu for Davis; he was in the same position behind Ryan at Boston College in 2007. The implications may upon first glance seem negative; this is not necessarily the case. Wouldn’t this assignment encourage Davis to work even that much harder? To try and build trust with Ryan and the rest of his teammates while striving to sharpen his own skills is crucial to all involved.
Though no Falcons fan wants to think about the unthinkable, plan B must always be in place and ready to execute at a moment’s notice.
Is Davis ready to be plan B for the Falcons?