You know how sometimes people whine about how Marcus Mariota doesn’t always have a pretty stat line? Well this year so far he has 3 TDs and 3 INTs, but is there any argument that he makes this entire offense go?
He is a star and when the offense sputters or stops, it is rarely his fault.
Again this week Mariota put the team on his back at times offensively and moved the ball with his own legs and through the air for nearly 400 yards.
He had one costly mistake with an interception before halftime, but it was one of those situations where you can’t just be passive. Against the Eagles, at home, with less than a minute left you have to try to push the ball down the field and make plays even if you are forcing it.
After that mistake, he went 14/14 and was on fire until a deep drop from Darius Jennings, more on this later.
In the key moments of the game Mariota came up huge. He moved the ball efficiently in the 2nd half and in overtime, all of that efficiency culminated in a huge throw to Corey Davis with less than 20 seconds left to win the game.
We tend to forget how hard it is to find a franchise QB in the NFL. While Mariota may not be a top-5 QB in the NFL, I would argue that neither is Goff and the Rams offense played well enough to win the Super Bowl last year.
Smart coaching and understanding your team goes a long way towards helping a QB take the next step and I think we see that now.