Ducks In The NFL: Titans Marcus Mariota Looks To Rebound In Home Opener


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In his first two weeks as a Quarterback in the National Football League, Marcus Mariota has experienced a record tying four touchdown performance that saw his cleets make their way to the NFL Hall of Fame. In his second week, the Cleveland Browns mauled Mariota, he was sacked seven times and ended up on the ground with what appeared to be a faceplant losing a shoe in the process. He has seen pretty much both extremes in his first two weeks at the helm for the Tennessee Titans.

Part of the problem was an inexperienced Offensive Line, that led to a more physical Defense getting through to the Quarterback. Mariota also admitted that part of the problem was also him. The Titans Quarterback told Paul Kuharsky of ESPN, “That’s all on me. I can do a lot better job of helping those guys with protections, in terms of cadence, getting the ball out, not taking unnecessary sacks. Everything that happened is definitely on me … .” Kuharsky added that Marcus Mariota showed no ill effects from an injured ankle suffered in the loss the the Browns and had full mobility in practice on Wednesday.

Sep 20, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) lays on the field after losing his helmet after a hit during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessean broke down what the Titans need to do so that their young quarterback is successful the remainder of the season with a little help from Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, which included the team being faster to get to the line of scrimmage. Luck also discussed the internal clock of knowing when to get the ball out of your hands and said it is good that Mariota is learning the workings of his (clock) early in his career. The discussion also centered around decision making and ball control. The young Titans Quarterback had three fumbles against the Browns last weekend.

"“It just comes with reps and time and experience. Experience is so valuable in playing that position in the NFL. It’s great to go through those bumps and bruises early.”Andrew Luck talking about the Quarterback’s Internal Clock Developing (via the Tennessean)"

The learning experience continues this week for Marcus Mariota as Tennessee has their Regular Season Home Opener hosting Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday(10am Pacific Time, CBS).

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