Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Marcus Mariota played only one series in his team’s week one preseason win against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mariota completed four of eight passes for 24 yards before exiting the game and trading his football helmet for a Titans hat.
Backup quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Logan Woodside finished the game and each player looked sharp. Tannehill completed 12 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Woodside completed 15 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. It was a good night for the backups in an otherwise typical preseason game.
Nothing to see here, right?
Wrong — at least according to the national media.
While anyone who keeps up with the Titans on a daily, or even weekly, basis knows that Mariota is the unquestioned starter, the national media wants to create a quarterback controversy.
Is Marcus Mariota looking over his shoulder? Ryan Tannehill throws for 130 yards, two touchdowns in four possessions for Titans https://t.co/7mG8BkxKSl
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 9, 2019
But wait, there’s more.
Here we go… pic.twitter.com/gyFBMmhiQZ
— 3HL (@3HL1045) August 9, 2019
Not finished yet, either.
I’d like to see Tannehill get more time with the ones for Tennessee.
I think he gives them a better opportunity to win games if healthy…and that has nothing to do with last night.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 9, 2019
I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this thought process.
Tannehill was dumped by the Miami Dolphins in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, a 36 year old journeyman, and Josh Rosen, a former first round pick that was dealt for a second round pick after only one season with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Titans didn’t trade for Tannehill to compete with Mariota to be the team’s starter. Tannehill is simply an insurance policy in case Mariota gets hurt.
Overreacting to preseason performances is a mistake that happens every year. Preseason success doesn’t necessarily translate to regular season success.
Suggesting that Tannehill should start because he looked better in a preseason game than Mariota (after only one series) is mind boggling.
Tannehill couldn’t get the job done in Miami. Meanwhile, Mariota has led the Titans to three straight winning seasons (only five other teams in the NFL have winning records in each of the last three seasons).
Mariota is the guy. And as long as he doesn’t get hurt, he’ll finish the season as the guy.
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