NFL.com recently ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL and they missed the mark a bit with Tennessee Titans signal caller Marcus Mariota.
According to NFL.com, Mariota is the 16th best quarterback in the NFL.
They’re not too far off with their ranking. Based on the numbers, Mariota is somewhere in the middle of the pack.
The talent is there for Mariota to be a top 8-10 quarterback in the NFL, but he just hasn’t put it all together yet (that should change with Matt Lafleur in charge of the offense in 2018).
Here’s where I have a problem with NFL.com’s ranking.
They have Jimmy Garoppolo and Dak Prescott listed above Mariota.
I’m not sure how you can justify putting Garopolo, a quarterback that has made five career starts, above Mariota. There’s a decent chance that Garoppolo is fool’s gold. Even if he’s not, we have no idea what to expect from him over the rest of his career based on five starts.
As for Prescott, I think he and Mariota are fairly comparable. But the edge has to go the player that’s at least won a playoff game (that would be Mariota).
However, even if you want to go solely by the numbers, there’s not enough of a difference to justify placing Prescott above Mariota.
Mariota over three years: 225 passing yards per game, 0.79 interceptions per game, 1.59 touchdowns per game, 21 rushing yards per game
Prescott over two years: 218 passing yards per game, 0.53 interceptions per game, 1.78 touchdowns per game, 20 rushing yards per game
Those numbers are nearly identical for the most part, which is impressive considering Mariota has dealt with a coaching staff in disarray for his entire NFL career.
I’m pretty sure the only reason Prescott is above Mariota on this list is because he plays for the Dallas Cowboys. Because it’s clear that Mariota is the better quarterback.
Given the choice between the two, I’d take Mariota ten times out of ten.
Nothing against Prescott, he’s a fine quarterback. But there’s something special about Mariota.
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