Marcus Mariota’s season is over for the Tennessee Titans


The Tennessee Titans made official what many of us were pretty sure of two weeks ago, Marcus Mariota’s season is over.

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While that is a little depressing, it is exciting to think that the Titans and the NFL has just seen a glimpse of what he can do. With an offensive line that is expected to be completely overhauled in the next two seasons, and with a mercurial receiving core that never gave him anything consistent to work with he put up the best season for a Tennessee Titans rookie by a mile.

Let’s look at what his numbers would have projected to if he had played a full season:

Through 11 games (roughly two halves between Miami and New England): 2,818 passing yards, 62% completion percentage, 21 total touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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  • What could have been (projection of a full 16 game season): 4,099 passing yards, 31 total TDs, 15 INTs.

    No matter how you look at it, he was on pace for a record breaking season and if he wasn’t behind the most porous offensive line in football (according to the stats) then he would have had a real chance to do something special.

    The best part about this for Titans fans is, now that Mariota is accustomed to the speed of the NFL and knows how to make reads quickly and decisively he should be even better in year two.

    Not only that, but he should have more talent around him than ever before. The Titans are in a great position to get the first overall pick, a new offensive minded head coach, and a GM who is suited to build talent around him.

    With current weapons like Dorial Green-Beckham showing progress with Mariota at the end, and Tre McBride finally earning some playing time (and then immediately scoring a touchdown) this team has some depth. Imagine if they go out and tap this free agent market which should have some great players in useful places for the Titans (I’m looking at you Mitchell Schwartz and Alshon Jeffery).

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    This team is poised for success and all because they have their franchise quarterback in place. He is the difference between looking into the abyss and having a great pool of resources to build around.

    There is no way around it, whether or not he wins the Rookie of the Year awards, he truly did the most with the least in terms of consistency in the running game, receivers, offensive line, coaching, and from the front office. So if that award is based on how a team would have done without that rookie, there is no one in the league who has as much value as Mariota. Period.