Marcus Mariota refuses to overreact to benching
The Tennessee Titans have decided it’s time to sit Marcus Mariota and give Ryan Tannehill a shot at starting. While Mariota is understandably displeased over the demotion, the struggling fifth-year quarterback is not going to let it be the last word on his NFL career.
“Until the day that I die, I’m going to believe I gave it all I got. No matter what, I can learn and grow from this situation. This isn’t going to bring me down. This isn’t going to end my career,” Mariota said, per Turron Davenport of ESPN. “I had an opportunity to play but I didn’t make the most of it. I am going to learn and grow from it.”
Mariota for the most part has failed to live up to the standards of being a No. 2 overall pick. Injuries have played a significant role in his failing to meet expectations over the years, but his play so far this season has left the Titans little choice but to sit him, especially after his performance in last Sunday’s 16-0 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Mariota completed only 7-of-18 passes for 63 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. When the carnage was all said and done, Mariota posted an inexplicable 9.5 quarterback rating.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel indicated Tannehill’s rise to the top of the depth chart may last only for this week against the Los Angeles Chargers, as the team will be taking things on a week-to-week basis.
That said, few could have predicted the spot Mariota finds himself in at this point in his career, perhaps especially Mariota.
“You have to be ready at any point in time. No matter what, I will prepare just as I have and I’ll be ready to go,” Mariota said.