The Tennessee Titans has their franchise quarterback. So must of us think, What would happen if the Titans were to trade Marcus Mariota? Well franchise quarterbacks are not easy to come by. There are roughly around 7 quarterbacks in the NFL right now that other teams would take in a heart beat. Brady, Rodgers, Wentz, and Smith to name a few. A few up and comers that’s been in the league that has shown promise. Mariota, Goff, Winston, Prescott.
One of the biggest keys to being a quarterback in the NFL other than your skill and football IQ. Is the scheme in which you are playing in. For example look at Brady, Rodgers, Wentz and Smith. Then even Goff now with McVay and Winston. ( Let’s even throw in the rookie Watson as well. ) They all have head coaches or offensive coordinators that have adjusted their offense around the quarterback.
Now there are times that head coaches come in to a position that do not adjust their offensive schemes to the quarterback. Why? Possibly because they inherited the quarterback and did not draft one. Could their be a possibility that Mike Mularkey doesn’t want Marcus Mariota? And why wouldn’t you change your scheme to your quarterback? Is it cause he’s to set in his ways and want’s to run his offensive the way he always has? Or could he want another quarterback in the next year or two?
Let’s see what the Titans look like without Marcus. Before Marcus came into the league. Let’s look at 2 years before. In 2013 the Titans quarterback was a mix between Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick. They totaled 328-533 for a completion percentage of 61.5 for 3,496 yards, 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. They ended with a passing offense averaging 218.5 yards a game (21st) And 337 total offense (22nd) Pretty bad right? Before you say their defense was horrible, Total defense was ranked 14th in the NFL. Not great but not horrible either. Ended with a 7-9 record.
In 2014. One year before Marcus the quarterback was a trio of Jake Locker, Zach Mettenberger, And Charlie Whitehurst. ( HORRIBLE. ) Between the 3 of them. They went 299-513 for a 58.3 completion percentage, 3,412 passing yards, A sad 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Now this season their defense was really bad. Ranked 27th in total defense.
2015. Marcus rookie season played in only 12 games. He totaled 230-370 for a 62.2 completion percentage, 2,818 yards. ( that’s 4 games less with less than 700 yards difference ) 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Just 1 touchdown less a year before with 3 quarterbacks playing 16 games and 3 touchdowns less in 2013 with Locker and Fitzpatrick at quarterback.
2016. Marcus gets help with Matthews coming in at wide receiver, And Murray coming in at running back. Marcus went for 276-451 for a 61.2 completion percentage. 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns with 9 interceptions. ( First year under Mularkey )
2017. Mariota has seemed to take a step back. He has gone for 110-176 for a completion of 62.5. Doesn’t seem to bad but he has missed on passes that in 2016 he would’ve made. He has thrown for 1,301 yards and has 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Now why has it seemed like he is taking a step back?
Now it goes back to my first paragraph, The scheme. He may be throwing it an average of 29 times a game. But he isn’t throwing to many wide receivers. In college he did very well when he had 4 options to throw it too. Rather that be all 4 wide outs, 3 wide outs and 1 tight end or 3 wide outs and 1 running back. But in the scheme Mularkey runs he is throwing a lot to 2 or just 3 options. ( Some fans say a great quarterback will audible out, But what can you audible too that will work with just that many options? ) Now i’m no math genius but 3 wide options to throw it too vs 4 or more defenders doesn’t suit you very well. Especially when the play calling as been less than steller. We have shown a lot of times to run run then pass. And when we pass it’s been in obvious passing downs. Not only is that a big problem, But when our receivers are out running their routes, They are running simple routes and not very creative plays. This has lead to a lot of fans either blaming Marcus for the poor play and others blaming the staff saying they are to vanilla and that their playbook isn’t working in this time frame of the NFL.
Now let’s go out on a limb and say the Titans do trade Marcus. What would they trade him for? A 1st or maybe 2 1st rounders? Lets just go with a 1st and a 2nd. Just so it doesn’t seem like we are blowing it out of the water. Who would the Titans be after since they would now be in the market for a quarterback. Lamar Jackson? You would be in the same situation as you are with Marcus, Sam Darnold? He has shown regression this season from a year ago. Josh Allen? He has been having struggles all year long. Josh Rosen? Rosen wouldn’t be a bad choice, Has thrown for over 2600 yards, Has 19 touchdowns to 8 interceptions threw 8 games. Maybe Jake Browning from Washington? I think he doesn’t get talked about but has been consistant in his play. Last year having over 62 percent completion, Over 3400 yards passing and 43 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. So far threw 7 games has 68.5 percent completions for 1600 yards and 14 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Doesn’t have that big wide out nor a great elite tight end either. What about waiting a year and maybe hope for Will Grier? Now Grier will HAVE to bulk up. But he is having a very good year throwing for 66 percent completion, 2400 yards and 26 touchdowns with 5 interceptions.
Or you know, you could always fire the offensive staff and hire a staff that will adjust it’s scheme to a top 10 possibly top 5 caliber quarterback. I mean even in week 7 vs the Browns, Didn’t have his best game. But still graded to a 84.5 according to PFF. Week 6 graded out to be a 88.5 without the ability to run.