Titans will seek a new QB to replace Marcus Mariota
The Tennessee Titans benched quarterback Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill during the third quarter of their Week 6 loss to the Denver Broncos. Following the loss, the Titans made it official: Tannehill will be their starter for Week 7 against the Los Angeles Chargers, and potentially for the rest of the season.
If the benching didn’t signal an end of an era in Nashville, rumors have. According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, the Titans are expected to “reset their sights” at quarterback, either through the draft or trade. The same goes for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jameis Winston, who was selected one pick ahead of Mariota in the 2015 NFL Draft at No. 1.
The Titans face the Buccaneers in Tennessee on Oct. 27th.
For the season, Mariota has 1,179 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns and two interceptions to go alongside a 59.1% completion rate. He is 2-4 as a starter in 2019 and 29-32 for his career.
Currently, the Titans are slated to possess the No. 9 pick in the 2020 draft. That likely won’t put them in place to select Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or LSU’s Joe Burrow, if he continues to ascend as he has. In most mock drafts, Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Utah State’s Jordan Love and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts could be available there. Of course, their position, the quarterbacks’ stocks and situations are bound to change.
As for the trade market, starting level quarterbacks are rarely found available through trades. However, the 2020 market could be different. Kyle Allen could permanently unseat Cam Newton in Carolina, Gardner Minshew could do the same in Jacksonville or another team may get restless with who they have.
In all, the Titans quarterback for the 2020 season is unknown. All that appears to be known is that it won’t be Mariota.