Marcus Mariota: I’m going to play my best, contract will take care of itself

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Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is heading into a pivotal year.

Nerve issues in his elbow kept him off the field for stretches last season and he’s entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal without any assurances that he’ll be back in Tennessee in 2020. During an interview with Rob DeMello of KHON in Hawaii, Mariota said that he feels close to 100 percent physically and that he isn’t stressing the contract uncertainty as the offseason unfolds.

“My mentality as a competitor never changes. I’m going to do my best to be at my best when the season comes and do my best to win games. All that other stuff will take care of itself, Mariota said. Obviously I love Nashville, I love Tennessee. It’s a great organization to play for. With that being said, they got, it’s a business and you can’t take any of that stuff personal. You just got to go out there and do your thing. No matter what, my number one goal is to get healthy and from there just become a better football player and do my best to be my best when the season comes so we can win games.”

Since trading for Ryan Tannehill, Titans General Manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel have both said that he’s coming in to be the No. 2 behind Mariota. Robinson also said that Tannehill is in Tennessee to push and compete with Mariota and any more injury issues — Mariota has not played all 16 games in any of his four seasons — might force the Titans to consider other quarterback options in the future.

8 responses to “Marcus Mariota: I’m going to play my best, contract will take care of itself

  1. The Titans are going to have to make a tough call on Mariota. They have to hope he either plays great or stinks this year. He’s shown some flashes, but I would be nervous about committing to him.

  2. Tannehill isn’t the answer beyond this season as a backup. That much we know for certain. Barring a horrible season by Marcus, I’d bet on him getting a long term deal from the Titans. He is a good QB and much better than half of the league.

  3. Considering he played with a numb throwing hand All season, he played great. Injury free, and with decent weapons around him this year, he will earn his new contract.

  4. OMG, will you pundits get off the injury prone BS already? He’s no more prone to injury than any other player in the league and your articles are fooling people in believing he’s missed 80% of games. The fact that this is all you can talk about makes it obvious none of you actually watch him play… o.0

  5. The decision on what to do after this season would be so much easier if he weren’t such a nice guy.

  6. yesterday Vrabel said in an interview that we’d be bringing in a 3rd QB to develop. After signing Tannehill the only way that makes sense to me would be if it’s someone drafted decently high which to me would be pretty telling about how they feel about the chances of Mariota being the long term answer. it wouldnt’ make sense to me to waste another QB in the late rounds like we did last year. what’s the point.

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