Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel gave a timeline for when the team will decide on who starts in Week 7.
While Tennessee Titans head Mike Vrabel says the team hasn’t decided who will start yet in Week 7 against the Los Angeles Chargers, he did say the decision will be made on Monday night or Tuesday morning.
The Titans pulled starting quarterback Marcus Mariota in favor of Ryan Tannehill in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos, and Tannehill did perform better in relief, despite not being able to score points.
Tannehill hasn’t been confirmed as the Week 7 starter yet, though. Vrabel says that decision will be made Monday night or Tuesday morning, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
"“I think a decision will be made this evening, or tomorrow, and we’ll let everybody know – we’ll let the players involved know, and let the team know and then let you guys know,” Vrabel said during a press conference on Monday. “I just want to make sure we are going through everything that we need to go through and what we are doing offensively, and not use the emotion of the game to make a decision.”"
The most likely decision is going to be Tannehill.
At this point, the Titans have nothing to lose in giving the former Miami Dolphins signal-caller a shot moving forward. The offense has been one of the worst in the NFL this season, averaging a putrid 16.3 points per game.
In the last 10 quarters of play alone, the Titans have scored a depressing seven points. The offensive ineptitude hit its peak on Sunday when the Titans were shutout by the Broncos in Denver.
If it is Tannehill, it looks like going back to Mariota won’t be an option barring injury. Vrabel made it clear that a “revolving door” at the position is not good for any team.
"“We are going to take it one day at a time, but I don’t think that the answer is a revolving door at that position or at any position. You’d like to have some continuity. … I think there’s a lot of factors (in making the decision).”"
Tannehill completed 13-of-16 passes for 144 yards and one pick in less than two quarters of action.
On top of better numbers, Tannehill was more accurate and showed better arm strength than Mariota. He was also able to get the ball into Denver territory twice, something Mariota failed to do while at the helm.
The offense as a whole just looked better, as the Titans were moving the ball down the field with much more success. At this point, it would be a shock if Tannehill is not named the starter tomorrow.