Titans’ Ryan Tannehill to start over Marcus Mariota vs. Chargers
The Tennessee Titans have reportedly made a change under center. The struggling AFC South franchise has elected to bench veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota — for now, at least. According to a Tuesday evening report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start as a result of the Titans’ upcoming Week 6 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers.
With Tannehill going from a reserve player to starter, the aforementioned Mariota will now serve as the team’s primary backup against the Chargers.
Leading up to the quarterback controversy in Tennessee, Mariota was previously benched in favor of Tannehill during the second half of the team’s most recent loss, a 16-0 defeat at the hands of the lowly Denver Broncos. With Mariota struggling once again, though he has shown flashes of excellence at times this season, Tannehill was called upon to relieve his counterpart before quickly becoming the team’s starter under center against the Chargers.
Mariota, a former No. 2 overall pick by the Titans, is now in the midst of the final year of his current contract with the Titans while it continues to seem more and more unlikely that Tennessee will ultimately re-sign the former Oregon Ducks standout. On the other hand, Tannehill’s time with the aforementioned Dolphins ran its course this offseason as the oft-injured signal caller was traded to the Titans before the start of the preseason.
Struggling mightily under the direction of Mariota — and an inconsistent offensive line — the 2-4 Titans remain in the mix in the AFC South as the first place Houston Texans are only 4-2 on the year.