Aside from the poor blocking, there are issues with the passing game that have to do with Marcus Mariota. He’s not seeing open receivers, he’s missing throws, and he’s not helping this putrid group upfront by holding on to the ball for too long.
Mariota’s raw stats do put him on pace for one of his best seasons in the league. The Oregon product has completed 60 percent of his passes and hasn’t thrown a pick. Furthermore, his 706 passing yards through three games puts him on pace to finish with over 3,500, which would be a career-high, and he’s on pace to come close to his career-high passing touchdown mark of 26.
These stats are a bit misleading, though. Mariota has got to play better, because based on the eye test, he’s lacking in a lot of areas, whether that’s a result of poor protection or not. The Titans also own the fifth-worst passing attack in the NFL based on passing yards per game.