The Tennessee Titans’ effort to rebound from an ugly outing against the Denver Broncos didn’t go as planned. Instead of a bouncing back against the struggling Broncos, the Titans were even more futile-looking, not even cracking the scoring column.
In the pointless display of offense, the Titans did what some fans have been clamoring for, they benched quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Tennessee was looking for a spark out of backup and former Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill but they instead got more of the same. Yet still, Tannehill has been named the starter against the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.
With this output along with the uneven performances that have been going on for a while now, there are many fans that hope Mariota’s time is over in Nashville as the starting quarterback. Along with the failure of Mariota to find consistency and be the quarterback Tennessee needs, there have been many searching for blame.
While there is enough blame to go around for Mariota, other players, position groups and the coaching staff, the main aspect to blame is out of their hands.
The issue outdates any coaching staff, player or position group that is here right now.
If you look over the history of the Titans, their greatest quarterback since the franchise moved to Nashville is Steve “Air” McNair.
He last played in Nashville in 2005 and the following season, he was asked to leave the Titans complex and later traded to the Baltimore Ravens where he would end his career.
Ever since the relationship with McNair and the Titans ended, they have had plenty chances to replace him.
Besides Mariota, they’ve had Vince Young, Kerry Collins, Matt Hasselbeck, Jake Locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Zach Mettenberger, Charlie Whitehurst, Matt Cassel, Blaine Gabbert start at the quarterback position since 2006.
Neither of the quarterbacks had been able to sustain any success despite who the coach was. While this does not absolve Mariota in regards to his play, this does call into question the development of quarterbacks by the organization as well as their evaluation of them.
The main common factor with all them has been inconsistency.
In order for the Titans to no longer have a quarterback situation that bears watching every season, the leadership has to zoom in and focus on correcting this problem including the scouting team. Its also essential that the coach and whomever the quarterback is be on the same page with the scouts and leadership.
The 2020 NFL Draft could be the legacy of general manager Jon Robinson or the downfall of him. Only time will tell, but hopefully for Tennessee, they don’t follow that same history of developing quarterbacks that they have been stuck with in the last 14 years.