2. What weapons has Marcus Mariota ever really had?
This is an insane argument that I keep seeing. People say that Marcus Mariota is holding the Tennessee Titans roster back and that he is wasting the talent he has.
There isn’t an excuse for this argument and if you hear someone say this, disregard their opinion immediately.
If you think Mariota has done anything but elevate the talent he has played with, allow me to educate you.
These are the top-3 receiving options for the Tennessee Titans by year over his tenure
2016: Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker, Tajae Sharpe
2017: Delanie Walker, Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker
2018: Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor, Dion Lewis
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Are you kidding me? Let me break down all the names on that list.
-The most common name is Delanie Walker who has been outstanding with the Tennessee Titans. However, before his breakout season in 2015 with a rookie Marcus Mariota, he had only had one year in his career with more than 42 receptions or 600 yards.
Walker averaged nearly 900 yards per season since working with Mariota if you don’t include last year where he missed the whole season with a broken bone.
-Rishard Matthews is the only other player on this list to come up twice because of an injury Corey Davis dealt with as a rookie. Do you realize how much Marcus Mariota elevated Matthews?
Without Mariota per game average: 2 receptions, 26.1 yards, 12.9 yards per catch, 0.1 TDs
With Mariota per game average: 3.7 receptions, 53 yards, 14.5 yards per catch, 0.4 TDs
Also, for those on the “well Ryan Tannehill never had the weapons that Marcus Mariota did” let me give you reason #238974 why you are wrong:
-Speaking of Matthews, he recently retired to join the likes of two other names on this list that are no longer in the NFL: Harry Douglas and Dorial Green-Beckham.
TL;DR: The Tennessee Titans have struggled to find offensive weapons for Marcus Mariota and even when they have hit on guys like Delanie Walker and Corey Davis, we have only gotten to see those two healthy together for more than a handful of games. Stop saying he is “wasting talent” or risk sounding ignorant.