Marcus Mariota faces a crucial season in 2019

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Marcus Mariota faces a big year in 2019.

The Titans picked up the $20.9 million option on Mariota’s rookie contract, even though they still can’t be sure he’s their franchise quarterback. The second overall pick in 2015 has not made a Pro Bowl and has failed to stay healthy.

General Manager Jon Robinson did not throw all of his support behind Mariota when asked if his “commitment to Marcus Mariota is the same as it’s been since you arrived?” Instead, Robinson all but conceded the obvious: Mariota still has a lot to prove, starting with availability.

“Marcus has done a good job for us,” Robinson said on The Midday 180, via Paul Kuharsky of paulkuharsky.com. “He’s made some big plays in my time here. He’s a tough guy. He’s been dinged up, but when he’s been out there he’s done a lot of good things for us, and I’m glad he’s on this football team. He needs to take some time and get some rest and get healthy. I know he’s itching to come back out and work in April whenever we start back. I think nothing is more important to him than his teammates, really loves his teammates. It’s really key. Looking forward to seeing him when he gets back here in April.”

Having invested so much in Mariota — from a high draft pick to millions of dollars — the Titans are rooting for him to stay healthy and be productive in 2019. The Titans then would gladly pay Mariota, convinced they have their franchise quarterback.

14 responses to “Marcus Mariota faces a crucial season in 2019

  1. For a 2nd overall pick, he is a bust. You can’t make a case otherwise. Injury prone and not exactly elite when he is healthy.

  2. Just gonna say it but he has regressed heavily to the point where they dont even trust him in redzone situations. He has regressed a ton since his second year in the league. He misses some wide open easy deep balls and can not stay healthy. I do not blame the titans one bit for not committing to him.

  3. Well if Munchak had actually played to his strengths instead of his “exotic smash-mouth” offense, maybe we’d have a better idea if Mariota was good or not. Unfortunately Vrabel didn’t get a full season out of him,m so we still don’t know

  4. Playing quarterback in the NFL is hard. I agree that the Titans need to move on if he cannot stay healthy… but it’s not like there are Tom Brady’s and Aaron Rodgers’ just waiting to be signed/drafted. I think if he can stay on the field, he can lead them to the playoffs.

  5. The Titans should have fired Jeff Fisher sooner and made more of an effort to help Vince Young. C’mon, dude was rookie of the year.

  6. Mariota WILL be the QB moving forward. As in signed to 4-5 year contract. Steve McNair had trouble with injuries before becoming a beloved player for the Titans organization. Hampered by a nerve injury practically all year, lost his best weapon on offense in the first game along with a OL that struggled all year not to mention young inconsistent wideouts…

    Yet the Titans still went 9-7 this year. Please don’t say Derrick Henry led the team as the running game didn’t get going until December. He beat the Eagles and Cowboys with his arm (both teams that are still in the playoffs). Injury prone yet Marcus has missed 8 out of 48 games? Can’t throw deep yet I remember seeing him drop dimes even with a bum arm.

    Titans run a ball control offense. That means Mariota won’t get 40-50 chances to throw like Roethlisberger does and is by no means indicative of his talent. Not to mention only 25? Am I the only one that realizes how difficult it is to find a franchise QB in this league. In no way do you let a player like Marcus Mariota hit the market. He’d be a FA for 36 hours tops.

  7. I don’t see Mariota staying under Vrabel due to his demeanor. Marcus is so low key and shuffles around in practice stooped over with a hoodie covering his head most of the time. He looks uncomfortable and like he’d rather be on a beach back in Hawaii, hanging out with the surf dudes. Vrabel is pretty much the opposite personality wise, and I think he’d like a more vocal team leader.

  8. thegreatgabbert says:
    January 10, 2019 at 6:10 pm
    I don’t see Mariota staying under Vrabel due to his demeanor. Marcus is so low key and shuffles around in practice stooped over with a hoodie covering his head most of the time. He looks uncomfortable and like he’d rather be on a beach back in Hawaii, hanging out with the surf dudes. Vrabel is pretty much the opposite personality wise, and I think he’d like a more vocal team leader.

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    Wow, truly brilliant. Haha.

  9. twotonebluetitties says:
    January 10, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    Mariota WILL be the QB moving forward. As in signed to 4-5 year contract. Steve McNair had trouble with injuries before becoming a beloved player for the Titans organization. Hampered by a nerve injury practically all year, lost his best weapon on offense in the first game along with a OL that struggled all year not to mention young inconsistent wideouts…

    Yet the Titans still went 9-7 this year. Please don’t say Derrick Henry led the team as the running game didn’t get going until December. He beat the Eagles and Cowboys with his arm (both teams that are still in the playoffs). Injury prone yet Marcus has missed 8 out of 48 games? Can’t throw deep yet I remember seeing him drop dimes even with a bum arm.

    Titans run a ball control offense. That means Mariota won’t get 40-50 chances to throw like Roethlisberger does and is by no means indicative of his talent. Not to mention only 25? Am I the only one that realizes how difficult it is to find a franchise QB in this league. In no way do you let a player like Marcus Mariota hit the market. He’d be a FA for 36 hours tops.

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    Jesus Christ… finally someone gets it. Finally someone that actually watches the game and knows tennesseee. I’ve been saying the same thing every time someone talks about Marcus. It took Steve 5 years to become Steve and the year we went to the Super Bowl is the same year journalists talked about the titans needing to move on.

  10. Let’s not forget that he has had 4 different people calling plays for him in his 4 seasons. Get the kid in a system for more than a year and lets see how he does.

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