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The Perfection of Marcus Mariota

 

Winston-and-MariotaIn Marcus Mariota’s 1st NFL game, he threw for 209 yards, and four touchdowns, ending the day with a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating. Rookies aren’t supposed to play like this. They are supposed to play like Jameis Winston did, on the other side of the ball. Winston did throw for a couple of touchdowns, but his play was exactly what you would expect for a first time pro, as he also had a couple of interceptions on the day as well.mariota-heisman

What was so “perfect” about this game, was the story lines that were created for it. Not only were these two starting quarterbacks the first ever number one, and number two draft picks to ever play each other week one, they are also the last two players to win the Heisman Trophy. Thankfully the new college football playoff format has also added to the excitement of this contest. The last time these players saw one another, was to see who would play for the National Championship. Mariota may not have been able to defeat the Buckeyes, but he did defeat Winston then, and now.

The Titans have struggled with their quarterbacks dating back to the days of Alcorn State alum Steve McNair. Vince Young, Billy Volek, Neil O’Donnell, Charlie Whitehurst, Matt Hasselbeck, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jake Locker, and Zach Mettenberger all tried their best to become the franchise QB for this team. Unfortunately for them, they have all but been forgotten in one single game. Mariota didn’t appear rattled one bit. His poise was almost as amazing as his accuracy in the first half of play (all four TD’s were thrown in the 1st half).

This one win may not have put his team in the playoffs just yet, but this is definitely the first step. Not only did the Titans win today, but the rest of the AFC South played poorly enough in week one that the Titans are the new division leaders. This is sure to be a place that they would like to stay in, but the season is a long one. They will have to depend on the continued success of players like Kendall Wright (101 rec. yards, and one TD), as well as second year player Bishop Sankey (86 total yards, and one TD). Justin Hunter will also have to step up to be the player that didn’t show up last season. He appears to have one last chance to impress, as rookie Dorial Green-Beckham hopes to see the field more going forward. This is a team with only four wide receivers. They elected to stay heavy at the tight-end position, as that seemed to fit their style more. With players like Delanie Walker, and Anthony Fasano, I understand the motive. However the season will play out, one thing is for sure, Marcus Mariota is what this team has needed for a very long time.wright550-121913

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