Is Marcus Mariota the franchise guy for Tennessee Titans?
By Adam Bowers
Time to look at team success and some stats
’97 – 14th PPG / 333 Total Points For / 29th Passing Yards / 3rd Rushing Yards / 18th Total Yards
’98 – 13th PPG / 330 Total PF / 15th Passing Yards / 9th Rushing Yards / 9th Total Yards
’99 – 7th PPG / 392 Total PF / 13th Passing Yards / 13th Rushing Yards / 13th Total Yards
’00 – 13th PPG / 346 Total PF / 16th Passing Yards / 7th Rushing Yards / 14th Total Yards
’15 – 28th PPG / 299 Total PF / T-25th Passing Yds / 25th Rushing Yds / 30th Total Yds
’16 – 14th PPG / 381 Total PF / 25th Passing Yds / 3rd Rushing Yds / 11th Total Yds
’17 – 19th PPG / 334 Total PF / 23rd Passing Yds / 15th Rushing Yds / 23rd Total Yds
’18 – 27th PPG / 310 Total PF / 29th Passing Yds / 7th Rushing Yds / 25th Total Yds
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In looking at these comparisons we see that Marcus’s best year is only good enough to be the same as Steve’s worst year. Yes these are team stats, but having a competent quarterback is indicative of team stats.
McNair ran a more effective and efficient offense, but again this goes back to many things that don’t show up in box scores. McNair only played under one head coach Jeff Fisher, sat for two years learning the offense, played eight years under only two OCs including a five-year stretch in 2000 when he played under Mike Heimerdinger.
Meanwhile, Marcus has played under three HC’s, was thrust in right away with a porous offensive line, started playing with a list of skill players that are all gone except for Delanie Walker, all while also having three OC’s in four years, going into his 4th in 5 years.
Take a minute and re-read all those numbers, because it definitely gets a little confusing.
With how much adversity Mariota has faced, to have somewhat comparable numbers in roughly the same amount of time as McNair (whom just had his number retired as previously mentioned) it is truly hard to say at least for me that it is time to give up on Marcus as the franchise guy.