Titans Plan on Using Marcus Mariota Plenty in the Shotgun in 2015

Marcus Mariota's Party, 2015 NFL Draft

Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, who operated a spread offense out of the shotgun formation at Oregon, will face plenty of changes at the next level. One of them will include working from under center.

The Titans ranked sixth in the NFL in snaps out of the shotgun in 2014. Of the 919 plays run by the Titans a year ago, 596 were out of the shotgun formation — 64.9 percent of the snaps, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

So it’s not like Mariota will be giving up the shotgun cold turkey in the NFL. Hardly.

“This league,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said, “is going toward a lot more shotgun snaps because of protection benefits.”

Yet Whisenhunt admits the team’s high percentage from a year ago is probably a reflection of how games went in 2014. The Titans, of course, usually were in catch-up mode, losing nine games by at least two touchdowns en route to a 2-14 finish.

Still, Titans quarterbacks coach John McNulty said the team would prefer to operate in the shotgun “probably 50 or 60” percent of the time in 2015. Mariota began practicing snaps under center not long after his college season ended, and he showed off his skills at the NFL Combine and his pro day. He’s had few issues since, coaches say.

On a daily basis, the Titans are preparing him for life under center and in the shotgun. But it’s safe to say Mariota will be doing what’s most natural to him more than half of the time.

“I think you are in the ‘gun a little more now anyway,” McNulty said. “The under center gives you a little more threat of the run and play action, and to push the ball down the field type of thing. But the way things go with the pass rush, you are in the ‘gun a big part of the time.

“Marcus has adjusted well to it all. He’s a natural. Marcus is just one of those guys who kind of just picks the ball up and says, ‘What do you want me to do?’ “

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Leads All NFL Jersey Sales in the Month of May


Last season Browns QB Johnny Manziel was the best selling jersey in the NFL. Here’s hoping that May’s top jersey seller doesn’t end up with the same results as Manziel.

The player that led the month in sales is none other than Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, the second overall pick in this last May’s NFL Draft.

Mariota outsold Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who was the first overall pick.

The ranking is based on sales on the NFL’s official online store from May 1-May 31.

Perhaps more shocking is that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is appealing his four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate, finished at No. 3 in jersey sales for the month.

The ranking is surprising not only because it suggests strong support for Brady over the past month, but also because he has been in the same jersey for the past 15 seasons, more than any other player in the top 25 best-selling jerseys in May.

Rounding out to the top 10 were Patriots suspended QB Tom Brady, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Here’s the list of the Top 10:

1. Marcus Mariota, Titans
2. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
3. Tom Brady, Patriots
4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
5. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
6. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
7. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
8. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
9. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
10. Peyton Manning, Broncos
— Source: NFLShop.com

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Marcus Mariota The New Face of the Titans Franchise with the Second Overall Pick

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The Titans have their QB of the future – as in the first round of the NFL draft with the second overall pick, the team took Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Here’s a scouting report on Mariota, who threw for 42 touchdowns last season.

There is no doubt that the Heisman Trophy winner is an outstanding college quarterback and a top prospect for the NFL. Mariota will be drafted early in the 2015 NFL Draft, and some team will look to him to be its difference-maker quarterback who can be the face of the franchise.

Mariota was a dominant point-machine throughout his time as Oregon’s starting quarterback. In 2012 as a first-year starter and redshirt freshman, Mariota completed 69 percent of his passes for 2,677 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. He completed 64 percent of his passes in 2013 for 3,665 yards with 31 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, the redshirt sophomore ran for 715 yards with nine scores.

In 2014, the junior led Oregon to a conference championship, a win over Florida State in the playoff, and came up short against Ohio State in the National Championship. Mariota completed 68 percent of his passes on the year for 4,454 yards with 42 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, he totaled for 770 yards (5.7 average) with 15 touchdowns.

Mariota had a number of great performances in 2014, including the Pac-12 Championship victory over Arizona. He also impressed against UCLA, Washington, Stanford and Michigan State. In the Ducks’ mid-season loss to Arizona, Mariota had opportunities for big plays, yet missed a number of throws with poor accuracy and ball placement.

Therein lies the concern with Mariota as a system quarterback. He has good height and the strong arm to be a pocket passer, but he isn’t consistent yet. Mariota didn’t always scan through the field as a Duck, and there were times where he looked to run when his first read was covered. Mariota also missed some throws with placement that was off and didn’t consistently fire the ball into tight windows as Oregon’s offensive scheme led to a lot of wide-open receivers. That will have to change in the NFL as he will have to get better at pulling the trigger with accurate passes into a small opening. There were plays where Mariota demonstrated nice pocket-passing potential with reading the defense, scanning his options and delivering a good pass. He just needs work and enters the NFL at a similar level to Cam Newton. Mariota was very good at avoiding interceptions in college, but displayed a tendency to fumble the ball.

Check Out What The Titans 2015 Draft Hats Look Like

2015 Tennessee Titans Draft Hats

When the players in attendance at this week’s NFL Draft hear their name called, they’ll come up to the stage sporting a snazzy draft hat that they’ll be given for their new team.

Here’s what the Tennessee Titans version of this year’s draft hat will look like. The hat has the Titans logo on the front and a drawing of the city of Nashville underneath the brim.

You can get your hands on one by clicking the link below!

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Titans schedule private workout with Jameis Winston

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The Titans will again be on the lookout this spring for a franchise quarterback, and they are going to take a long look at former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Find out why the 2015 Football betting odds don’t favor the Titans at Mybookie.ag.

From all accounts, the Buccaneers, who also need a quarterback and have the first overall pick, are going to take Winston, but if he does fall a bit to two, the Titans may snag him with the second overall pick.

With the hopes that he will be available with the second pick, the Titans will bring him to Nashville for a private workout at the team’s headquarters.

Reports say that the workout is expected to be around the same time as Florida State’s Pro Day, which is March 31st.

Right now the Titans starter at quarterback is last year’s sixth-round pick Zach Mettenberger, who played last season and has a lot of learning and growing to do. That’s not to say that Winston will come in and be a world beater at QB, but at the same time, the Titans want to win now, and will put their best QB out there whoever that is.

If the Titans don’t get Winston, there’s a shot they could take Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, or they could possibly trade the pick to the highest bidder, something they could do in order to stockpile picks.

“He’s going second overall,” the unnamed G.M. said of Mariota. “I don’t know to which team, but he’s going second overall.”

That could mean the Titans could look around, and if a team like the Eagles or maybe even the Browns are in love with Mariota, they will be happy to make a deal with that team for future picks.

That doesn’t mean that the Titans would right away pass on Mariota should he be there with the second overall pick.

“If we pick him at No. 2, you definitely think he can be the Day 1 starter,” Titans caoch Ken Whisenhunt said during Tuesday morning’s AFC coaches breakfast at the league’s owners meetings. “He was impressive. … Just the short time we spent with him on the board, he was very good.

“We’re still not finished with the evaluation process with these quarterbacks. It’s going to really depend on where we end up feeling about these guys.”

The Titans were there for Mariota’s Pro Day March 12th, and it sounds like they like what they saw. A lot can happen before the May NFL draft, but it sounds like the Titans will have a new QB once their first pick is made.

Titans Come to Terms With OL Byron Stingily


The Titans announced they have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with offensive tackle Byron Stingily.

Stingily was a sixth-round selection by the Titans in 2011 and has four years of experience with the club. Last year, he posted career highs in games played (10) and starts (5). During his time with the Titans, he had played in 20 games with nine starts.

Former Titans CB Cortland Finnegan Announces Retirement

Oakland Raiders v Miami Dolphins

Former Dolphins, Rams and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan has announced he’s retiring, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

“Spent 9 years doing something I Loved and it has payed off in so many ways,” Finnegan wrote on Instagram. “To say I have been blessed is an understatement I am forever thankful.. I have made my share of mistakes and had moments of glory. I even got into a fight in an NFL Game ( he hits like a bish)

“I’m thankful for the friends I made on and off the field love yAll. Time to move on and enjoy new people new places and new ideas. I forgot to thank all the haters I love yaAll to.”

Finnegan started a dozen games for the Dolphins last year and registered 44 tackles with zero interceptions.

Titans Deny Permission to Bucs To Talk To Mike Mularkey About OC Job

According to Sports Illustrated, the Titans have said ‘no’ to a request from the Buccaneers to interview tight end coach Mike Mularkey for their vacant offensive coordinator position, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

The Buccaneers released offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford from his contract last month. Tedford had heart surgery last year and took a medical leave of absence from the team. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo called plays this season for Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay finished No. 29 in scoring and No. 30 in yards gained last season. Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was a bright spot, finishing with 1,051 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.