Actual former NFL head coach Rex Ryan weighs in on Marcus Mariota
By Will Lomas
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota gets some more praise.
Former NFL HC Rex Ryan is becoming a fixture in Nashville after being a constant presence at Nashville Predators games, but it is his praise for Marcus Mariota that has my attention today.
There are so many different ways to look at Mariota. You can look at the leader, the winner, the toughness, and the quiet leader whose teammates and those close to him seem to be drawn to him.
On the other hand you can look at the lack of statistical success, the injuries, the what ifs, and I guess the fact that he has been as successful or more successful than any of the other AFC South QBs since coming into the NFL, wait that last one isn’t a negative…
Anyway, the point is that after being one of the most genuinely beloved players in college football Marcus Mariota has become a polarizing figure. However, the longtime NFL coach had this to say about the Tennessee Titans QB:
He is absolutely right. Are you telling me after last night’s pitiful performance that the Chicago Bears wouldn’t love to have Marcus Mariota?
There are plenty of teams around the NFL that need to “next” guy. Look at what the Kansas City Chiefs did when the drafted Mahomes and let him sit, and what the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants seem to have done in the past few years to prepare for the future.
Teams like the L.A. Chargers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and others are starting to keep an eye on the future and without a QB that can win games in the NFL it doesn’t matter how good the rest of your team is.
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The other thing he says in that quote is that the Titans should let Mariota run and that is right too. The worst thing you can do is tell a QB to fight his instincts and tell him to ignore free yards in front of him in favor or a pass that he doesn’t want to make. Like the old saying goes, “You can’t go broke making a profit.”
Make no mistake, Marcus Mariota is going to be on an NFL team next year and whether that is with the Titans or with another franchise, that team is probably going to have a winning season. It is what Mariota has done in Tennessee for 75% of his career and this is the first year where he is entering the season with more than one healthy receiving threat.
Titans fans can complain about Mariota all they want, but you need to go back and check how long the team went without three consecutive winning seasons before you criticize. Some of yall have awfully short memories.