With another week of football in the books, we’ve yet another quarterback benched.
Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans is the latest quarterback circus. Ryan Tannehill now leads the team. He was traded by the Miami Dolphins for a 2020 fourth-round and seventh-round draft pick.
“Until the day that I die, I’m going to believe I gave it all I got,” Mariota said. “No matter what, I can learn and grow from this situation. This isn’t going to bring me down. This isn’t going to end my career. I had an opportunity to play, but I didn’t make the most of it. I am going to learn and grow from it.”
Ain’t that a bench!
As a first-round QB, Mariota was playing on the final year of his rookie contract. Most first-rounders receive massive contract extension in their fourth year. But, even after leading the Titans to the playoffs, the team still wasn’t sold on him.
This year proved why as he regressed. Mariota was pulled in Sunday’s 16-0 loss to the Broncos. The Titans never made it past midfield during his play. He was 7-for-18 for 63 yards with two picks.
The Titans have only scored 14 points in the last three losses Mariota’s led the offense. During his tenure, his career starts record is 29-32.
Tannehill’s track record isn’t any better, as he’s posted similar numbers in his career. However, he did provide a punch of offense leading to the red zone before throwing an interception.
This may not be the worst scenario. This upcoming draft is as deep as any other draft in recent memory. And the Titans may soon find their QB of the future.