It’s not unusual for Tennessee Titans signal caller Marcus Mariota to get slighted anytime a new list of quarterback rankings is revealed.
Maybe it’s his quiet, unassuming personality. Or maybe it’s because Mariota has yet to have a true “breakout season”. For whatever reason, it seems like the former Oregon Duck never receives the proper recognition.
The Score recently ranked the NFL’s top 32 quarterbacks and they have Mariota at No. 12, above names like Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Typically, Mariota falls somewhere around No. 15 in these rankings (sometimes lower).
You can check out the full list of rankings here.
Here’s what The Score had to say about Mariota:
Mariota’s talent is unfairly represented in his 2017 statistics due to the Titans’ misguided and ill-fitting scheme and nagging injuries. The former No. 2 overall pick has top-tier accuracy, amazing athleticism, and a penchant for creating big plays. Last season was a disappointment, but Mariota is still one of the NFL’s premier young talents and should be able to prove it in 2018.
I think they’re absolutely spot on with their analysis of Mariota. His stats, at this point in his career, don’t truly represent who he is as a quarterback.
Mariota has been through multiple offensive coordinators during his young NFL career. And he’s yet to play in an offense that is tailored to this strengths.
That should change in 2018 with Matt LaFleur in charge of the Titans’ offensive attack.
Mariota, for the first time in his professional career, will have some consistency with his offensive coaches.
Which is why he’ll show in 2018 why he was the second overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.
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