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Titans coach Mike Vrabel thinks OC Arthur Smith is what’s best for Marcus Mariota

Mike Vrabel Arthur Smith Marcus Mariota

The Tennessee Titans promoted tight ends coach Arthur Smith to the role of offensive coordinator earlier in the week, and Titans head coach Mike Vrabel says this is the best move for quarterback Marcus Mariota.

“I think it’s what’s best for Marcus, and best for a lot of guys,” Vrabel said on Tuesday from the Senior Bowl, according to Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ official team website. “We make decisions that are for the best interest of the Titans, and Marcus is a huge part and so are all of our other players. This is the best thing for us, to continue down that path. We’re happy, I’m happy, and I am excited to give Arthur this opportunity and I know the coaches and players are excited as well.”

Mariota is coming off of a very underwhelming 2018 campaign in which he threw for just 2,528 yards, 11 touchdowns, and eight interceptions while completing 68.9 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 92.3.

After an impressive first two years in the league in 2015 and 2016, Mariota has battled injuries and inconsistent performance over the last two seasons, including a 2017 campaign in which he threw for 13 touchdowns and 15 picks.

But Vrabel thinks that Smith could help in solving Mariota’s problems.

“Ultimately it was easy, at the end,” he said. “We try and do our due diligence with everything we do. … We felt like in the end this was the best thing for us, and the right thing.”

The Titans went 9-7 this season and just missed the playoffs after losing a winner-take-all game to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17.