Titans’ brass sees some Tom Brady in Zach Mettenberger

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The Titans think they made a great pick in the sixth round of last year’s draft. Maybe the second-best sixth-round draft pick in NFL history.

According to David Climer of the Tennessean, Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt and General Manager Ruston Webster think they pulled the steal of the 2014 draft when they chose Zach Mettenberger, and the Titans’ brass sees Mettenberger as a poor team’s Tom Brady.

Climer says that despite talk of the Titans drafting Marcus Mariota at No. 2 (or Jameis Winston if the Bucs pass on him), and despite talk of a trade for Philip Rivers or Jay Cutler, the Titans think Mettenberger has what it takes to be the franchise quarterback. “He’s the quarterback,” Climer writes.

Mettenberger did not play particularly well as a rookie, with eight touchdown passes, seven interceptions and an 83.4 passer rating. It’s hard to see what Mettenberger did in his rookie year to inspire that kind of confidence.

But the Titans seem to like what they’ve seen of Mettenberger’s work ethic and leadership. They may like it enough that they’ll be happy to go into 2015 with Mettenberger as their starter.

98 responses to “Titans’ brass sees some Tom Brady in Zach Mettenberger

  1. He’s not in rehab, he hasn’t gained 50lbs of fat, and hasn’t turned into a self serving diva, so that puts him ahead of a lot of recent first round QBs!

  2. I had Zettenberger as my #2 QB in that class after Carr. Of course no one cares what I think and I don’t even care what I thought since I had Manziel #3, Bortles #4 and Bridgewater #5, but I think Mettenberger can be a guy in the NFL. I do think Mettenberger has the natural passing ability to be a long-term factor at his position though and I always hope for guys to meet their potential, so I’m pulling for him. I think Winston and Petty are the two guys in this draft class with the raw ability to be long-term solutions for the teams that draft them and I think Mariota has the talent/work ethic of Alex Smith without quite the intelligence for the position (I don’t think very many do, personally). Like every year, I’m pulling for guys to make the best of what they have and that applies to Mettenberger. I guess I just love watching good football and it all starts at the QB position.

  3. From the moment Mettenberger entered the NFL we have repeatedly heard these complimentary comparisons from Tennessee describing him as the next Tom Brady. Unfortunately Zach needs to win some games to give any credence to the comparison.
    Up in Nashville, if they still believe Big Zach is the next Tom Brady, good luck to them. How many opportunities are they going to give him?
    Maybe they should consider a backup plan that includes using a high draftpick on a highly rated QB if the next Tom Brady is a mirage.

  4. How many times has the the top brass of an NFL team thought tether had the next TB12? Tom is a once in a generation player. He has a will to win that carries him through it all and the skill and intelligence to do it. He brings that will to win to his everyday job. Does this kid have that kind of dedication? Or is the brass just blowing smoke up his… Brass .

  5. 0-6 last year as a starter , 6th round draft pick, off the field issues coming in to the NFL, and injury prone.

    So According to this article thats the guy the Titans will put the whole organization on. No wonder why there bad…..

  6. 83.4 passing rating for a rookie is actually pretty good considering the Titans talent on offense. The next Tom Brady though? I don’t think so.

  7. he tore his ACL in LSU’s last regular season game and yet played in a game in September for the Titans …

    it’s probably safe to say he was not at the top of his game last year and still did OK … he should be even better this year with the additional time since his knee blew out.

  8. It’s hard to see what Mettenberger did in his rookie year to inspire that kind of confidence.
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    David Climer is the obligatory pot-stirring local journalist whose columns always have to be taken with a grain of salt.

    But it’s not that hard to see what Mettenberger did in his rookie year to warrant some legitimate optimism. (Just please, Titans brass, avoid any Brady references, even of the “poor man’s” variety. )

    What they need a lot more than a new QB is a defense that can get off the field more often than not, and an offensive line (and TEs) who can hopefully stay healthy long enough to jell as a solid blocking unit.

    It’s really not that hard to imagine that if you can give Mettenberger that much, he will make you competitive and people outside of Nashville might suddenly start talking about what a steal he was in the sixth.

  9. If they’re going to keep Mettenberger and draft Winston, they might as well trade for Roethlisberger to get the trifecta of sexual predator QBs.

  10. The 83.4 passer rating is very impressive to me for a guy with little to none weapons

  11. An 83.4 QB rating is not as lame as this article insinuates, particularly when one contemplates that this was a rookie QB – not to mention a rook who got comparatively few first team reps.

    An 83.4 is greater than the rookie QB ratings of Montana, Brady, Elway and the vast majority of other NFL rook QBs.

    This is most definitely not to put Mettenberger in the class of those 3 legends — but it is to say using his 83.4 QB rating as a putdown is off the mark.

  12. The ONLY think Mettenberger has in common with Tom Brady is the round he was picked in and they both play QB in the NFL. That’s literally where the simliarities end.

  13. paulieorkid says:
    Apr 12, 2015 8:59 AM
    An 83.4 QB rating is not as lame as this article insinuates, particularly when one contemplates that this was a rookie QB – not to mention a rook who got comparatively few first team reps.

    An 83.4 is greater than the rookie QB ratings of Montana, Brady, Elway and the vast majority of other NFL rook QBs.

    This is most definitely not to put Mettenberger in the class of those 3 legends — but it is to say using his 83.4 QB rating as a putdown is off the mark.
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    Tom Brady threw three passes his rookie year, so technically you are correct.

  14. When he threw a pick six early against Pittsburgh in a primetime game I thought it was over. Mettenberg came right back out and played an excellent game. Whisenhunt was only successful with a statue in Kurt Warner, so that’s who the comparison should have been made too. Build an offensive line to keep him upright, and dick lebeau should fix the defense. Tennessee can draft best player available, and not reach for Mariota or Winston.

  15. It seems pretty obvious in the article that the Brady comparison is being made by the author (David Climer) and not by the Titans’ brass.

  16. Even Brady couldn’t have won a game with the Titans o-line in shambles (no run game either, btw), and putrid defense.

    Rivers or Cutler? Kill me now.

  17. Pastabelly,

    I was referring to Brady Quinn. C’mon man. LOL.

    Besides, if you want any of a million other examples — you can start with Peyton Manning’s 71.2 rookie QB rating. And you can just go from there.

    The point was an 83.4 QB rating for a rook QB in the NFL is pretty impressive actually. It’s a tiny percentage of QBs throughout NFL history that can even match an 83.4 QB rating as a rook.

  18. voiceofreason01 says:

    If Zach can throw infinite dink & dunk balls, ride coattails, cry on tv & cheat… then yes he can be like tom brady.

    You missed win 21 playoff games and marry a supermodel.

  19. Ok Titan fans, print this out and date it….then 2 or 3 years from now, if the GM, HC and Owner are still with the Team, mail this to them…..DOH!!

  20. Watching tape and ignoring the talking heads, I honestly thought Mettenburger was the best QB in the draft and wanted the Pats to take him. I had Jimmy Football second so I couldn’t complain too much.

  21. At this point in their careers, the biggest difference is the team surrounding them. Zach may be Brady if he had that same team, but that’s a HUGE “if”

  22. Dubious comparisons aside, Mettenberger reminds you more of a younger Ben Roethlisberger with his size, build, and style of play than he does Brady.
    That said, he has a long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath with either Brady or Big Ben.
    Mettenberger showed promise last year as a rookie QB on a poor team. Not sure what it would benefit Tenn. to change horses now, without seeing if Mettenberger can continue to mature and improve as their QB? If he does for them, great. If not, the Titans will likely be in a position to draft one of the top young QB’s next year,too, without making a bunch of desperation moves this year.

  23. Any QB can be as good as Tom Brady.. Just wear a helmet that gives you every play the defense is going to be in. Wear a helmet that tells you when a guy is open. Get all the defensive signals before each game.. Also though you need an owner that can buy refs, The NFL, have a partnership with CBS which will do what they can to make you win. You walk into that game knowing your defense knows every signal, every play the opponent is going to run. Now remember though Patriots are smart. They don’t give this info to every player. Only the players they hand pick to stay a Patriot forever… If they do leave for any reason there is an agreement “You are here we promise you a ring but you can’t leak out the secrets”
    It’s been working for years until Ted Johnson and Doug Flutie opened their mouths.. Luckily CBS AND NFL have millions to keep their stories from not going that far..
    You may be able to google “Ted Johnson Patriots cheat” and find the story still lingering around but Patriots managed to get it off the web for the most part

  24. I bet they saw a lot of Vince Lombardi in Whisenhunt too

    ZM will be good but until you get a real HC and GM you are going no where

  25. I like how everyone will say “Well, he didn’t win any games last year.” As though that’s really a fair critique. Did any of you see the Titans last year? There are a lot of reasons they’re picking number 2 besides the QB position. He came in half way through the season, once the rest of the team had quit,
    once Whisenhunt decided they would no longer try to run the ball, and once the o-line turned into 5-man-turnstile. If you’re enough of a scout to know what Mettenberger’s career arch will be following that showing, maybe you should get off of this forum & become an NFL scout.

  26. fanofpft says:
    Apr 12, 2015 11:05 AM

    And more so each season as Tom deteriorates to old father time.
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    Someones team was out of the playoffs and totally shutdown and missed who won the superbowl huh.

  27. It wasn’t that long ago that the common thought was sit QBs for a year or two maybe even three. Now the rookie who was third string at the beginning of the season is being called a bust after six games. With thinking like that we are going to see many more busts at the position than ever before. If the job was easy,hell maybe even someone like you could do it.

  28. Brady is the greatest QB of all time. I guess all Mettenberger has to do is make it to 6 Super Bowls, win at least 4 and be a multi-time MVP and he’ll be just like him. Jeesh, what an idiotic statement by Tennessee

  29. I watched every Titan’s game in 2014. Zach Mettenberger is the last of Tennessee’s worries. The offensive line had one starter due to injuries most games and he was running for his life. The defense was in the first year of switching from a 4-3 to 3-4. Enough said there.

    The problem with NFL today is that teams expect all QB’s to be a day one franchise QB. If memory serves Brady and Rogers had some years learning behind the starter.

    New Qb’S need a good defense and running game. The 2014 Titans had neither. Give Mettenberger another year to evaluate, Draft Leonard Williams at #2, address running game and depth at O line. There is no Andrew Luck in this draft.

  30. I think it’s funny how everyone “hates” Tom Brady yet every damn team wants a Tom Brady for themselves. They are all desperately seeking the next Brady. And whenever a young, upcoming quarterback comes into the league and are asked to compare themselves to accomplished qbs they all try to compare themselves to Brady. Every team wants Brady and every qb wants to be him. I think it’s pretty obvious that Brady is the best qb ever to play in the league.

  31. When I drink a 12 pack… I see some Jenna Jameson in Betty White… Lol… All about you ones perspective

  32. and with evaluations like that, the Titans are drafting with the second overall pick in the draft.

    Meaning only Tampa sucks more than they do, by the smallest of margins.

  33. Yeah, the guy who actually got charged with sexual assault twice and failed a weed test at the combine, not to mention squandered probably the best skill position talent in last year’s draft when he was in college with Beckham Jr, Landry, and Stewart reminds me of the greatest QB of this generation. Holy smokes Titan fans if these are the people making decisions for you and they actually believe stuff like this. It explains a lot. Mettenberger still was only reading half the field at the end of last year.

  34. yep titans …keep telling yourself that your 6’5 240 lb qb with 5.3 40 time is another Tom Brady. All they have in common is the 6th rd.

    I can see it now if they pass on a Winston or Marriotta….with the 2016 1st pick of the nfl draft the Tenessee Titans along with their new GM, and coach select QB Connor Cook (sorry but that is about as good as it gets next year)….

    would of, could of, should of…..

  35. Hopefully Zach wont act like a wimp if there seeing some of Brady in him. I do not want another Brady in the NFL.

  36. Mettenberger should be the Titans starter for at least one more season. Winston may turn out to be a black eye on whichever franchise takes the chance and Mariota needs at least a season on the bench to see if he can be coached/trained to play at the pro level. Picking Mariota seems like the better, or safer, pick because:

    If he sits behind Mettenberger for a season then takes over the following season and is everything hoped for while Mettenberger takes a nice step forward in his own development; Mettenberger has a good trade value and they could, potentially, gather another draft pick to continue building around Mariota.

    If Mettenberger takes off and establishes that he is, in fact, what the Titans are looking for in a franchise QB then sitting Mariota for a season pays dividends in that he could be a capable back-up and if he shows enough potential and growth he becomes trade worthy and they can continue to build around Mettenberger.

  37. pastabelly says:
    Apr 12, 2015 9:09 AM
    paulieorkid says:
    Apr 12, 2015 8:59 AM
    An 83.4 QB rating is not as lame as this article insinuates, particularly when one contemplates that this was a rookie QB – not to mention a rook who got comparatively few first team reps.

    An 83.4 is greater than the rookie QB ratings of Montana, Brady, Elway and the vast majority of other NFL rook QBs.

    This is most definitely not to put Mettenberger in the class of those 3 legends — but it is to say using his 83.4 QB rating as a putdown is off the mark.
    ================================
    Tom Brady threw three passes his rookie year, so technically you are correct.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    To take it a step behind one’s rookie year QB rating…

    Zach’s 83.4 (as a rookie) is HIGHER than Eli Manning’s career QB rating which is only 82.4 right now.

    No, I’m not saying Zach is better or will be better than Eli… I’m simply pointing out that an 83.4 QB rating isn’t terrible.

    How “bad” is an 83.4 QB rating? Well, Zach hasn’t played enough to qualify for career QB rating… but let’s look at all those who have.

    A career QB rating of 83.4 would land one tied for 34th highest career QB rating of all time with one Roger Staubach.

    So, right now, only 33 QB’s in the history of the NFL have a higher career QB rating than 83.4

    Oh yeah, Zach was just a rookie last year…

  38. A comment like that before the draft sounds like a smoke screen. If this really came from the Titan front office, then I expect is is an effort to attract a big landfall from a QB needy team on draft day.

  39. pastabelly,
    And Jamarcus Russell had one of the higher QB ratings for a QB starting his first full season at the time. In other words, your meaningless point is? Mettenberger still was getting half field reads at the end of the season, sucked in college with the best skill position players in the country surrounding him (always a a prerequisite to a HOF career), and has past off the field concerns that should at least have them looking elsewhere before putting jobs on the line with him as the QB. Oh, and stop bringing up QBs from the 70s’ or even 80s. There’s a reason we’ve had multiple 5000 yard passers the last few years after going the history of the league with only a couple. Receivers literally used to could be tackled down the field before the ball came to them, not just inside of 5 yards. Very different game today, so 83 rating in 1970’s >>>> than the same today.

  40. You people do realize that Brady sucked his rookie year and ZM has a higher QB raring than Brady did his rookie year?

    The point being, ZM is like Brady as a rookie and therefore has the opportunity to become like Brady.

    DOH

  41. During the preseason Mett was the leading passer of all NFL QB’s completing 47 of 68 passes good for 69 percent of passes completed for 659 yards.

    In Mett’s first full game of action against Houston he went 27 of 41 completing 66 percent of his passes for 300 yards(rookie franchise record)with two touchdowns,one interception and a 93.4 QB rating. Sure they didn’t play well and were behind but Mett never gave up battling until the end.

    In his third game against Pittsburgh he set a rookie record on MNF completing 15 of 24 passes for 263 yards including an 80 yard bomb for a TD ending the game with two touchdowns and one interception and a 110 QB rating.

    Against Philly he threw for 345 yards including eight passes over twenty yards with two touchdowns and one interception and an 88 QB rating.

    In his fifth game at Houston he completed 13 of 19 passes completing 68 percent of his passes for 184 yards for one touchdown and one interception and a 95 QB rating.

    Get Mett a better line and a defense that doesn’t give up thirty points a game. Honestly he showed potential his rookie season.

  42. kimbo71006 says:
    Apr 12, 2015 4:23 PM

    You people do realize that Brady sucked his rookie year
    ———-
    You one person do realize that brady got in all of three passes his rookie year right? What happened in his second? Heard it had something to do with a superbowl. So much sucking.

  43. Honestly, I don’t think it is a bad move. If they don’t trust any QB outside of Winston, and fail to land him, why draft a QB that might set them back 3-4 years? It’s a rare ‘team first’ approach, where they will upgrade at other positions, instead of the Titans’ coaches scrambling to save their jobs. There are several differences makers available at number 2, so let them take BPA and roll with it.

  44. Brady is a system QB. Put in him in a bad system like Titan’s and he is Mettenberger. Put Mettenberger in New England and they have a winning season at the very least. If Belichick could win with Matt Cassel, he could certainly win with Mettenberger. The point is Brady is very overrated.

  45. Zach comes from the Cam Cameron school of quarterbacks. Zach will be fine. Don’t be surprised if Zach takes the Titans to the playoffs. At least the Titans know what they have in Zach. It’s a gamble with Winston or Mariota.

  46. Brady is a system QB. Put in him in a bad system like Titan’s and he is Mettenberger. Put Mettenberger in New England and they have a winning season at the very least. If Belichick could win with Matt Cassel, he could certainly win with Mettenberger. The point is Brady is very overrated.
    ——————————-
    But wait, Belichick is a cheat. And for years I’ve heard he sucked from CLE fans, PGH fans, etc…
    But after 4 SB’s, now Brady sucks too?
    Gettin’ confused.
    Might wanna post less, OK skippy?

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