If there’s one thing we know for certain about Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, it’s that he’s a winner.
Mariota went 36-5 during his college career at Oregon — one of the more impressive career records for a quarterback at the Power-5 level.
The wins, however, haven’t piled up in the NFL like Mariota would have liked.
That’s because once he made the jump to the NFL, Mariota hasn’t necessarily been put in the best positions to succeed (an “exotic smashmouth” offense isn’t exactly ideal for Mariota). Nor have the coaches Mariota’s played under been able to bring out the best in the Hawaii native.
But that’s changing under new Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and his staff.
Mariota has always been a great leader, but he’s never been the most vocal person on the field.
LEWAN: Marcus Mariota is a quiet, effective leader on offense. “You don’t have to be loud and obnoxious like me to be a leader.”
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) July 30, 2015
(Not that Mariota should be considered “soft” in any way. He’s as fierce of a competitor as there is in the NF. This block in the playoffs last year is a great example of that.)
MARIOTA WITH THE BLOCK pic.twitter.com/YMIYLBg4X0
— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) January 7, 2018
Under new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, Mariota is being forced to be more vocal on the field. But it’s happening in a natural way.
Marcus Mariota on the heavy verbiage of Matt LaFleur’s offense. It has pushed him to be more vocal and deliberate with play calls. Mariota will spend some time this offseason in Hawaii & L.A. but his main goal is to have the offense completely down by the start of training camp. pic.twitter.com/JKPJoLL79R
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) June 13, 2018
I already think Mariota is primed to be one of the biggest breakout players in the NFL in 2018, so this just solidifies how I feel about the former Oregon Duck signal caller.
Mariota is finally getting some consistency in his NFL career, which I think will result in him being much more comfortable in the offense. It’s starting to feel like Mariota will be able to put it all together in 2018 and have a monster season.
And that should be a scary thought for the rest of the AFC South.
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