Is Marcus Mariota the franchise guy for Tennessee Titans?
By Adam Bowers
This may all be a moot point anyway considering the other options.
Lastly, when evaluating Marcus’s situation we have to look at potential replacements for him. The first thing I hear is the Ryan Tannehill debate and whether or not he will push Mariota for a starting spot with the Tennessee Titans.
I don’t think Ryan always got a fair shake in Miami, especially with injuries, bad offensive lines, coaching inconsistencies, but I still don’t believe that he was the answer. If he was, especially with what he’s shown, he would have gotten the Garoppolo treatment and teams that needed a quarterback would have traded for him to be the starter, not the back up.
Tannehill reminds me more of Fitzpatrick where he will show flashes, make you think you can build the team around him, but will end up costing you more games than winning them.
Next if you don’t resign Marcus, I don’t think you want to start over with a rookie quarterback especially with it seeming like this team is poised to strike now.
The hot rookie name next year is Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama. To be fair, he could very well be a Russell Wilson-like quarterback that would not be a weakness but a strength, and lead a solid team to a Superbowl appearance.
But with him starting to show some injury concerns, and with his slight frame I think this organization would want to stick with what they know, in “8”. I don’t think there are any veteran quarterbacks more talented than Marcus that’s going to be free agents next year, so in all honesty their best bet would be to pay Marcus, but on a deal that could allow them to get out from under it in 2 years.
I say two years because that is the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes, who right now looks like the surest thing since Andrew Luck. After looking through Twitter recently, most Tennessee Titans fans are saying if we had our own Andrew Luck we’d be Superbowl contenders and I cannot argue that fact.
To wrap things up we need to face an ugly truth, the next contract to be signed will be the highest paid, that is just the nature of the QB position.
So the goal is to not be the last one to sign your quarterback because it will cost you the most. After looking at everything out there, everything within this franchise’s history, it’s safe to say there are worse situations, and clearly better ones.
I am one who truly believes Marcus is the guy, and he is still plenty capable of being a Titan, the question is his reliability. This whole article doesn’t matter if he doesn’t stay healthy or doesn’t perform this year, but I hope with all the knee-jerk reactions, and Mariota bashers out there this just helps bring a little perspective into the situation.