June 15, 2024

From the Falcons’ perspective, they potentially have the quarterback puzzle solved for the next couple of decades. Kirk Cousins is the current answer, while Michael Penix Jr. represents the future. This is a significant upgrade compared to their recent quarterback roster of Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder, and Taylor Heinicke.

If this plan pans out, the Falcons could be contenders in the NFC for the foreseeable future. This prospect excites the fan base, who hasn’t seen their team in the postseason since 2017. However, for Cousins and Penix, it’s a challenging situation to be thrust into.

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Cousins didn’t anticipate the Falcons drafting a quarterback in the first round shortly after signing him to a four-year contract. This unexpected move surprised and understandably frustrated him.

From Penix’s perspective, he might have preferred entering a situation where he had a clearer path to immediate starting. As it stands, he might have to wait a couple of years before getting his chance, especially if Cousins performs well and the team succeeds.

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There’s a real possibility Penix might not start for three or more years, which isn’t ideal for either quarterback. However, both seem prepared for the challenges ahead and focused on what they can control.

Cousins discussed these uncertainties on the “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast, emphasizing his focus on what he can influence.

He also addressed any potential tension with the Falcons, admitting he was caught off guard when they drafted his potential successor. Initially confused, he’s now handling the situation with professionalism, understanding teams always seek stability at the quarterback position. His priority remains winning a Super Bowl, emphasizing the need for unity within the team.

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