Mariota's Ceiling Heading Into the Season

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by CJtheBeast, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. JR1980

    JR1980 Pro Bowler

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    Just because I point out flaws and I’m frustrated with inconsistency, doesn’t mean I hate him. I actually liked Jake Locker as a person, leader, work ethic too, but either you can get it done regularly or you can’t. Mariota needs to prove it to me this time. Year 5 man, excuses are over....and after the past 2 years, I think anyone deserves the right to be skeptical/hesitant.
     
  2. JR1980

    JR1980 Pro Bowler

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    I’m sorry I’m not excited of “average” records and play from a #2 overall pick. Everyone sits here and knocks people like Kevin friggin Dodd etc, but dude was a top 2nd round pick and plays a less important/impactful position. No excuses for others and their average play, but point out the obvious with Mary legit a half decade in, and get ready to be crucified. Talk about hypocrisy.
     
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  3. Gut

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    I would say in leadership and intangibles - yes. In production, not yet. He's got this year to figure it out. And there are several players in the same boat fighting for a new contract or contract extension.

    When we drafted him we knew there would be a learning curve. We made that incredibly more difficult by changes coaches and systems every year. Some of the talent around him has been a problem. Some of the problems have been Mariota as well.

    Point is...he has a lot MORE talent around him now and he's in the same system for the first time. If he can come back healthy (along with everyone else) and if everyone brings their A-game, we SHOULD have the offense that we want this year.

    If Mariota doesn't get it done this year, we'll be on to the next guy. If he does, settle in and enjoy the ride!
     
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  4. The Hammer

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  5. Msut10

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    They also have a system that can be fleshed out. It's hard for us to draft guys to fit our system if that system changes every year. You literally just echoed what I said lol.
     
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  6. Gut

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    Yeah...I think that's a bigger issue for the Cowboys because they have 3 players to sign. Cooper and Prescott are on final year deals and Elliot's last is 2020. 3 of their top highest salaries are OL and I don't see them cutting any of those guys. That means they can afford 2 of these 3...but not all 3. Do you sign Cooper? You have to. You just gave up a first round pick for him. Do you sign Elliot...you'd like to as the highest paid RB is a heck of a lot cheaper than what QB's are getting now and you could lower your cap hit for him the next few years.

    So what do they do with Prescott. Best case scenario is sign him long term but structure the contract to be very cap friendly for the first few years and make it voidable by year 3 or 4 when the hits will be too big.

    But frankly, even before signing these 3 they already had Frederick turn salary into sb to reduce salary cap and you usually do that when you're in a tough spot.

    I think the Tannehill signing was a very smart move for us. Push Mariota, have a quality backup if Mariota gets hurt...but if Mariota does not perform well, we can see what this guy will look like in our system if we needed a vet to bridge to a new draft pick.
     
  7. JR1980

    JR1980 Pro Bowler

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    For sure. I was agreeing with you about the Pats. The irony is, we have changed OC’s etc, but our offense really hasn’t changed that much.....
     
  8. Gut

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    I think you mean our philosophy hasn't changed that much but our scheme and playcalling was drastically different.
     
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  9. JR1980

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    Sounds about right. I mean we weren’t running jumbo sets etc, but we didn’t open up jack squat with LeFleur like we were supposed to. We ran Dion Lewis between the tackles and small balled as always.
     
  10. 10ECTyrant

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    INJURIES prevented us from opening things up. Hell, we had to run wildcat when Gabby was starting.
     
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