5 stages of Tennessee Titans fans processing moving on from Marcus Mariota
By Will Lomas
Make no mistake about it, it isn’t just Oregon writers who are mad at the coaching staff. It turns out that when you bench one of the nicest people of all time who played through broken bones and nerve damage, for a guy who just got cast out of Miami, you aren’t going to get too many happy campers.
While I think ultimately it is the right decision to bench Mariota with only a 9% chance of making the playoffs and one of the NFL’s toughest schedules, that doesn’t help sooth the fan base who has been eating pineapples and throwing up the Shaka sign since 2015.
So when Mike Vrabel was asked about why he couldn’t get more out of Marcus Mariota and he said, “I guess I am just not a very good coach” you can understand why that spark gave Titans fans all that was necessary for a full breakdown.
No one is saying it within the organization, but Mike Vrabel just benched Amy Adams Strunk’s prized possession and he did so after being brought in to improve the organization and an offseason of throwing out the slogan of “good to great”.
If I was Vrabel, I might have given Mariota just a little bit more rope so that if the season does go south, there would be a scapegoat for me and my coaches. However, at just six weeks in there is a LOT of time left to find more people to blame.