Tennessee Titans camp questions: Quarterback


The Tennessee Titans are only a few days from training camp, so it is time to start thinking about what questions fans should be asking about each position group.


Can Marcus Mariota have a working knowledge of the entire playbook?

There have already been plenty of people that say that the workload so far has been easy for Marcus Mariota so far. Not only has he been doing great, but people have been talking about his accuracy is amazing.

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“No. 1, it’s his accuracy…No. 2, he’s come in and grasped the offense. And No. 3 is the way the guys respond to him, the way he’s able to go in that huddle and take control. … I am just giddy about his future going forward.””-Tennessee Titans Wide Receiver Coach Shawn Jefferson

If one of the most critical coaches in the league (see Justin Hunter) praises Marcus Mariota, then that is more than just hollow praise.

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  • Still, with all of this praise, the bullets haven’t started flying yet and there may be no tougher defense to practice against than one crafted by Dick LeBeau. With Perrish Cox making plays, Jurrell Casey lining up against a right tackle to be named later, Zach Brown adding speed to the middle, and Da’Norris Searcy bringing a veteran presence to the secondary that is a tough team to pass against.

    Who is #2?

    This is the one that really is interesting to me.

    Marcus Mariota is a young player, but he isn’t the only young, talented quarterback on this roster. For all his issues, people forget that Zach Mettenberger had a positive TD to INT ratio and that he completed nearly 60% of his passes.

    He did all this in spite of having to play behind a makeshift offensive line (which is the nicest thing I can call them) and without having much time with the starting offense.

    So that screams number two to me, right?

    Well here is the thing, Charlie Whitehurst is a better fit to run what the Marcus Mariota version of the Ken Whisenhunt playbook should look like.

    He isn’t as much of a statue as Zach Mettenberger, and he has shown that he can make something out of nothing and roll out of the pocket if he has to. So, that brings us back to the question: Who should be #2 on the quarterback depth chart?

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