As we celebrate our nations 239th birthday today, I am reminded that there are only 25 days left until training camp opens for the Tennessee Titans. You have to wonder if Titans manager of contracts, Vin Marino can enjoy his holiday knowing his franchise quarterback remains unsigned. Other teams are spending their weekend dealing with suspended players, but Titans fans will spend their holiday worrying about getting Marcus Mariota into camp on time.
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As expected, it’s the question of whether Mariota’s contract will include offset language for the fully-guaranteed payments to be made from 2015 through 2018. The Titans want to have the ability to get credit for any money Mariota owns elsewhere, if Mariota is cut at any point during his first four NFL seasons. Mariota wants to have the ability to keep his guaranteed money from the Titans, and to keep whatever he earns from another team.
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Heading into training camp, the Tennessee Titans still have some questions that need answering. The team has raised expectations this year after making several moves to the roster in the offseason, but there are some lingering issues they need to get ironed out. As Marcus Mariota continues to sit without a contract, eyes shift to the competition at wide receiver and running back.
The Titans enter week 10 with a 4-4 record and have exceeded expectations with Mariota in the NFL Rookie of the Year driver seat. The Titans enter an easier part of the schedule and may walk away from the next four games with a 3-1 record, if some things work in their favor. Here are my predictions for the Titans through weeks 10-13.
While the Titans will be sitting at .500 with a record of 6-6, the last quarter of the season will be the toughest test and will be difficult to pull at least one win down the last quarter of the season.
The raves about Marcus Mariota ’s accuracy throughout offseason work left me thinking the team’s yards-after-catch ranking should skyrocket.
Per Evan Kaplan of ESPN Stats & Information, the Titans had 1,611 yards after the catch last season, which was 24th in the league.
Washington had the most with 2,481 yards and its cumulative completion percentage was .665, much better than the Titans’ .583.
"“If you have an accurate quarterback, it allows us to get more yards after that catch,” said Harry Douglas, the receiver who moved from Atlanta to Tennessee as a free agent and classified Mariota as having “unbelievable accuracy.”"
Are we seeing a changing of the guard with Titansownership?
Could be. In recent weeks, Kenneth Adams IV, grandson and namesake of franchise founder Bud Adams, has taken a much more visible role. And that’s a good thing.
This franchise needs a dose of new blood, and young Mr. Adams can supply it. At age 31 and having spent the past several years in Tennessee – first at the University of the South in Sewanee and then working for the Titans – he brings a fresh point of view.
Since the ownership group insists it has no plans to sell the team, it’s important to have someone who brings local knowledge to the table. Adams does that.