Marcus Mariota: I’m excited for this opportunity

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After the Falcons traded Matt Ryan, they quickly pivoted to Marcus Mariota — signing him to a two-year deal.

Mariota heading to Atlanta reunites the quarterback with head coach Arthur Smith, who was on the Titans’ offensive staff for all of Mariota’s tenure with the team. Smith was the tight ends coach from 2015-2018 before his promotion to offensive coordinator in 2019.

In an interview with Hawaii’s KHON this week, Mariota said that reuniting with Smith was a significant factor in his decision to head to Atlanta.

“Loyalty is very important to me,” Mariota said, via Rob DeMello of KHON. “It’s something that we all live off of here in Hawaii and Art has been somebody that’s been in my corner for a long time. And I appreciate everything he’s done for me. And I’m just excited. I’m excited for this opportunity, I’m excited to be a part of this organization. And just looking forward to getting out there.”

After he was benched for Ryan Tannehill on the Titans in 2019, Mariota spent the last two seasons with the Raiders. He appeared in only one game in 2020, but took several carries in 2021, scoring a rushing touchdown.

Mariota called being with the Raiders a “great reset” for his career.

“Obviously, being out there on the field, being out there and playing is what I want to do,” Mariota said. “But I kind of needed that in my career. Unfortunately with everything that happened in Tennessee, I was a little beat up — both mentally and physically. And to get that reset, to be a part of a great quarterback room in Vegas, really has kind of propelled me to this moment.”

The No. 2 pick of the 2015 draft, Mariota compiled a 29-32 record with Tennessee. He completed 63 percent of his passes for 13,207 yards with 76 touchdowns and 44 interceptions.

7 responses to “Marcus Mariota: I’m excited for this opportunity

  1. Hard to evaluate him because he suffered through something like 5 OCs in 4 years in Tennessee, and the Raiders barely used him the last couple years though he looked great when he did get a play or two. Adding to the murkiness is the fact that Arthur Smith was the OC when Mariota was dumped because of poor play in favor of Tannehill but is also the one who signs him to start in ATL. The best way to look at this is that he is better than Ryan at this point but the Falcons can still look for a young QB in the draft.

  2. If his talents are used to their fullest, along with Cordarrelle Patterson’s breakout 2021, as a team FINALLY figured out how to use CP, this could be one of the most interesting offenses of 2023!

  3. Mariota took most of the blame for Tennessee’s failures, even though he dealt with multiple OCs and coaches. Yet, he got them to the AFC playoffs, same as Tannehill, while making less. Tennessee got better primarily because Henry broke out as a star RB just as Tannehill was brought in. If he can remain healthy, Mariota will do well in Atlanta.

  4. If the Falcons get MM protection from the o-line, I think he has the NFL talent to succeed.
    Tennessee gave MM no chance to have success, always changing his OC which means learning a new playbook, new system, new verbage, which usually no QB plays their best until their 2nd year in the same system…
    If MM would have been drafted somewhere else, He could still be leading that team… Now we will ever know…

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