We may have seen the last of Marcus Mariota as a member of the Tennessee Titans. Mariota was benched during the team’s 16-0 loss to the Broncos on Sunday in favor of backup Ryan Tannehill. After the game, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said that he and GM Jon Robinson will re-evaluate the quarterback situation this week and decide whether to give Mariota another chance or turn things over to Tannehill. This is a make-or-break season for Mariota’s career and it looks like things could be about to break.
Mariota completed just seven of his 15 passes for 63 yards before being removed from the game. He also threw two interceptions, his first two of the season. Mariota has now failed to throw a touchdown pass in three of his last four games with the Titans scoring seven points or less in each of those three games.
“At that point we were really just trying to find a way to move the football and score some points,” Vrabel said of benching Mariota for Tannehill against the Broncos. “I felt like we were in the game and needed to find a way to score. I told [Tannehill] to get warmed up and get ready to go try to score points.”
Of course, Tannehill wasn’t able to put any points on the board either. However, he completed 13 of his 16 passes for 144 yards. He also led the Tennessee offense into the red zone twice, although they came away empty on both occasions in part because Tannehill also threw an interception and took four sacks.
At 2-4 with just one win since their Week 1 shellacking of the Browns, the Titans must now decide if it’s worth it to stick with Mariota or give Tannehill a chance to spark the offense. The Tennessee defense is giving up 15 points per game, giving the team a chance to win most games. But they need more points than what Mariota and the offense have provided in recent weeks if they’re going to get their season turned around. However, it remains to be seen if the Titans are finally ready to turn the page on Mariota.