CBS Sports obviously doesn’t have a lot of faith in the Tennessee Titans or quarterback Marcus Mariota, because they have the Nashville based franchise selecting Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert with the No. 9 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
That means CBS thinks the Titans will miss the playoffs by a significant margin. It also means they believe Mariota won’t be viewed as the franchise’s longterm answer at quarterback.
From CBS Sports:
Feelings are mixed on Herbert, who has been much better in 2019 than he was last season. It’s easy to see why NFL teams could fall in love too; Herbert’s 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, incredibly athletic, has one of the best arms in the country and when he gets hot he’s hard to stop. The question is consistency — can Herbert play at a high level from one play to the next, something we’ve seen glimpses of this season.
It’s a bit early for mock drafts, considering we still have no idea how the 2019 season will play out. The Titans are currently 2-2 and coming off a convincing road win against the Atlanta Falcons.
Tennessee, who is in a four-way tie for the division lead, currently has the best point differential in the AFC South (plus 29). They’re also the only team in the division with two road wins.
I have no idea if the Titans will make the playoffs in 2019. But I have a hard time believing they’re going to finish with the ninth worst record in the NFL (especially when six teams are still winless and two other teams have only one win).
However, if the Titans do end up with the ninth worst record in the NFL, then I think it’s a foregone conclusion that Mariota won’t be back next season. And it’s extremely likely that Tennessee’s front office will do everything in its power to secure one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.
Of course, a lot will transpire between now and the 2020 NFL Draft. Plans and projections will change.
But it’s still interesting to see what some of the major national media outlets are thinking.
And it’s clear they aren’t thinking much of Mariota and the Titans.
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