Leave Marcus Mariota in, but adapt the gameplan or trade him.
For all the talk we heard about Arthur Smith getting back to what works and finding ways to get play makers in a position to make plays, what we have seen so far isn’t it.
The Titans lead the league in 2TE sets for what seems like the 4th year in a row. You know where Marcus Mariota has looked most comfortable? On play action passes or when he is attacking the defense with misdirection.
However it seems like the only answer that Arthur Smith has for pressure is to call RB screens. I mean, there is nothing else you can do?
My biggest issue is this, fans were promised that the offense would make everyone comfortable and there would be some consistency from last year. That was the selling point that was used to explain why the Titans put zero effort into potential outside hires that could have done something to bring the Tennessee offense into the 21st century.
What we have gotten is a system that involves handing the ball off early and ending up in 3rd and 10+ then trying to force Mariota to throw passes behind an offensive line with a backup right tackle playing left tackle and a practice squad right guard.
I’m not saying Mariota has been perfect, far from it. But what I am saying is that if you can’t figure out a way to prevent a massacre like what happened last night then you just need to trade Mariota to someone who can use a backup QB because this coaching staff is only hurting him and themselves.