Titans Mariota
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota motions in the huddle during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Titans MariotaThe Titans are nine games into the 2016-17 season and have already exceeded most of the expectations that were put on this team to start the year. At 4-5, the way the games have gone, Tennessee could easily be 6-3 and atop the AFC South. Unfortunately, the main reason that’s not the case is because of Marcus Mariota.

In year two of his career, Mariota has taken strides and shown flashes of greatness but his turnovers have been detrimental.

In just three games, Mariota had five turnovers and 35 points were given up.

Minnesota, Indianapolis and San Diego have all been in the palm of the Titans hand but the franchise QB’s mistakes have resulted in three losses.

Through the 21 games Mariota has played as a pro, he has 30 turnovers, 18 interceptions and 12 lost fumbles. Honestly, the twelve fumbles are the most concerning.

Tennessee drafted Marcus Mariota because of his intelligence, his winning mentality from Oregon, his accurate arm, decision making and the athletic ability he has. The problem has been, that athletic ability has gotten him in trouble because of his lack of ball control.

In college, Mariota had the same type of problem when running the football. 26 fumbles, 11 lost, in three years at Oregon.

On Wednesday, Mariota was asked about what he’s been doing to try to correct the problem.