The Indianapolis Colts have done a great job minimizing the role that Jacoby Brissett has in that offense and by leaning on the strength of their offense rather than just making a QB swap and asking the new guy to follow the same script that the other guy did.
However, that was a team with competent offensive coaching that had a strong and well coached offensive line, and it was built to be able to handle a QB change because it was built around the potential of Andrew Luck never fully recovering from his shoulder issues.
The Titans offense isn’t well coached at any position and the scheme seemed to ask Mariota to go on 12 play drives behind a leaky offensive line while also asking Dion Lewis or Dalyn Dawkins to get some touches.
So was the QB really the problem? As so, so many people on Twitter are quick to say, if your QB isn’t part of the solution then he is part of the problem. To an extent, I definitely believe that and we are going to find out really quickly how much of the offensive problems were on Marcus Mariota.
However, I suspect that the fact that Arthur Smith has had a lot of trouble stringing plays together with A.J. Brown having a game breaking catch and run, that there are still going to be a lot of hiccups on the offense.
Also like I mentioned, Keith Carter’s offensive line is on pace to have the worse season by an offensive line of all time. Keep in mind, with 60% of the same starters this offensive line finished:
2017: 35 sacks allowed, T-12th best
2016: 28 sacks allowed, 9th best
Thanks to the coaching of Keith Carter and the two offensive coordinators that Mike Vrabel has hired, the Titans have since finished.
2018: 47 sacks allowed, T-10th worst
2019: 29 sacks allowed through 6 games, on pace for 77 sacks, worst in the NFL.
Disgusting feels like a strong word, but I struggle to find another adjective that fits the decline that the offensive line has gone through with the coaching changes the Tennessee Titans have made.