Why Marcus Mariota seems destined for New England.
The Tennessee Titans drafted Marcus Mariota 2nd overall, but things just didn’t work out for him in Nashville.
I’m not going to argue about what Mariota did or didn’t do or what his play looks like on the field. What I will say is that he has always been regarded as someone who is competitive and truly loves football.
So much so, that instead of shying away from Mariota the Titans decided to design certain packages for him to come in on during the season and in the playoffs, just to get him on the field and to scare opposing defenses with his legs.
There should be no doubt that someone in free agency is going to scoop him up and make an effort to give him the change of scenery that he needs and deserves.
You know who has a long history of helping players reach their peak and putting them in position to succeed? Bill Belichick.
Do you remember who was infatuated with Tim Tebow coming out of college? Josh McDaniels.
With Tom Brady either done in New England or nearing the end, it feels like a great time to bring in a quarterback who clearly has talent but who makes sense whether you want to play him in 2020 or wait.
We all know that agents and NFL teams are constantly tampering right? That means that whether or not Brady comes back to New England, the Patriots should be talking to Mariota’s agent asking if he would be open to coming to New England in either scenario.
Benjamin Allbright said this earlier today and I absolutely agree:
I don’t think the Patriots want to take a chance with one of the bigger free agent QB names. Instead, I think Belichick will want a guy like Mariota who can be the heir to the throne at best and a gadget/special package guy at worst.
Utility and versatility is the name of the game for Bill Belichick and there are few quarterbacks that would give you the versatility of Mariota who has had multiple rushing and receiving touchdowns in his career.
Knock on wood, but what is the worst that could happen for a team that needs a quarterback and has an outstanding coaching staff like the New England Patriots.