Titans GM Jon Robinson not concerned about third coach in four years for Marcus Mariota
The stellar 2017 season for the Tennessee Titans came to an underwhelming end with their dismantling at the hands of the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional round. The loss was subsequently followed by the surprising departure of head coach Mike Mularkey after initial reports stated that he would remain with the team.
The Titans now find themselves in the market for their third head coach since 2015, the same year they drafted quarterback Marcus Mariota. Despite the recent rapid organizational changes in Tennessee, general manager Jon Robinson is not concerned with it affecting Mariota’s development.
From the team’s website:
“Marcus is a pretty resilient guy. He’s a very mentally tough guy,” Robinson said. “He takes a lot from the standpoint of ownership in things. I have zero concern in Marcus being able to adapt and learn, and do what’s best to get the offense going.”
While it is encouraging that Robinson has so much faith in the young signal caller, there are obvious concerns that come with such a lack of stability at the head coaching position. If he needs any more proof, he should look at the numbers following Mariota’s 2017 season.
The third-year quarterback has undoubtedly taken steps back since bursting onto the scene his rookie year. Mariota threw for just 3,232 yards and a career-low 13 touchdowns this season. It was also the first time in his career that he threw for more interceptions (15) than touchdown passes. Needless to say, Robinson would be wise to secure a long-term option to help with Mariota’s development this offseason.