Marcus Mariota May Return Sunday With A New Look Tennessee Offense


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The Tennesse Titans let go of head coach Ken Whisenhunt on Tuesday. After going 1-6 on the season. Last season the Titans tied Tampa Bay with the worst record in the NFL at 2-14. He finshes his coaching career at Tennessee with a record of 3-20.

Whisenhunt had found success at the NFL level before. As the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers when they won the Superbowl in 2005. His first head coaching job was when he was hired at Arizona. He coached the Cardinals from 2007-2012, where he lead the Cardinals to their first Superbowl appearance during the 2008 season.

He began his coaching career at Vanderbilt as special teams, tight end and running back. Whisenhunt played college football at Georgia Tech, where he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 1985. He bounced around from team to team, including the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets.

More important is how it will affect the Tennessee Titans. With Marcus Mariota set to return this Sunday, it remains to be seen how they will use him with the departure of Whisenhunt. Mariota spent all of the off-season learning his former coach’s system. He started out the season with a win in the starting quarterback role. He was named the NFL offensive Rookie of the month in September. Mariota has also been outplaying his rival Jameis Wintson before his injury.

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Whenever a coaching change happens it always seems to have the biggest effect on the quarterback. It will be interesting to see how it affects Marcus Mariota when Mike Mularkey the assistant head coach and tight end coach takes over as the interim head coach.