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Countdown To Titans Training Camp: Marcus Mariota's Transition

On a scale from great to incredible, how amazing will Marcus Mariota be under center?

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After one of the most exciting and significant off-seasons in Tennessee Titans’ history, training camp is finally around the corner. Between positional competitions, coaching changes, and several new pieces, there are a number of interesting storylines that all Titans fans should keep an eye on this summer. The plan is took examine a new one each day until camp arrives.

Finally, we end on a positive note and look at the new face of the franchise, Marcus Mariota. A lot was made of him coming out of a "college offense," and his potential fit in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense, but he should be able to make the transition to the NFL just fine. Mariota displayed a lot of traits that elite quarterbacks have at Oregon, and it wouldn’t have mattered what offense he played in. For example, Whisenhunt constantly mentioned his "spatial memory" as a characteristic that Mariota possesses than cannot be coached. He is also very comfortable in the pocket, despite some outsider’s doubts because of the offense he played in.

A lot of people view Ken Whisenhunt’s offense a lot like Mike Martz’s old offensive philosophy—seven step drops, complicated, and a dangerous environment for quarterbacks. However, believe it or not, Whisenhunt can be fairly adaptive. He somewhat changed his philosophy when he made switch from Cardinals’ head coach to Chargers’ offensive coordinator, running significantly more plays out of the shotgun than before. It would not be surprising to see something similar with Marcus Mariota, especially at the beginning, considering that it likely matches his skillset, and even Bishop Sankey’s running style, very well.

Another extreme positive in Marcus Mariota’s game is his ability to master an offense and religiously stick to it. As much as Ken Whisenhunt is in love with players that will stick to the system, Mariota may be the perfect match here. While that’s not to say that there should be no effort made by the coaches to adapt, it just means that the quarterback-coach tandem may actually be a much better match than initially perceived.

The team has at least said that they started developing a plan to adapt to Mariota’s game an incorporate it into the system, but like many things that are said during the off-season, we just have to wait until we actually see the team on the field before we take it as gospel. No matter what the circumstances are, I have complete faith in Marcus Mariota. I could not be more excited to watch him play quarterback for the Tennessee Titans this summer and for many years after.