Titans QB Marcus Mariota reacts to Thursday night loss to Jaguars
Afterwards, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota took the blame for the loss:
“I didn’t help our team at all in the first half, didn’t give our guys a chance to make plays,” said Mariota, according to Joe Rexrode of The Athletic.
While Mariota didn’t exactly have a shining performance, completing 23 of his 40 passes for 304 yards, it seems difficult to pin this loss squarely on his shoulders, as he didn’t have much time to throw.
Tennessee’s offensive line gave up nine sacks, bringing that total to 17 over the first three games. Translated over the course of a full 16-game campaign, that would come out to 91 sacks.
Mariota’s numbers are hardly ugly thus far this season, as he has thrown for 706 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 60.9 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 99.3.
But the fifth-year signal-caller may be running out of time.
Mariota was very underwhelming in both 2017 and 2018, combining to throw 24 touchdowns and 23 picks over those two seasons. The Titans also acquired Ryan Tannehill in a trade with the Miami Dolphins this season, meaning that the leash on Mariota might be short.
The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Oregon, was originally selected by Tennessee with the second overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He played well over his first two seasons, but since then, Mariota has been a massive disappointment.