There has been a lot of debate around here about Marcus Mariota over the last 6 weeks or so. Some people are ready to give up on him and draft a quarterback (which is absurd), but I think we can all agree that he is the one player the Titans cannot afford to lose. Just look back to Matt Cassel’s second half performance against the Texans and start against the Dolphins. There was talk in camp that Cassel might not even make the team. We definitely don’t want him out there for any extended period of time.
Paul Kuharsky has a report this morning that Mariota’s hamstring is still bothering him and that he will need offseason surgery to clean up his ankle from the procedure he had last offseason after breaking his fibula in Jacksonville.
Now before you jump on here and say that Jommy is just making more excuses for Mariota, let me say that there are still plays to be made out there on the field that he is missing right now. An injured ankle/hamstring whatever doesn’t excuse some of the decisions he has been making, but it should give everyone some pause on the whole “he’s not the guy” idiocy that is going around out there.
The biggest takeaway for me here is confirmation that Marcus isn’t going to be right in 2017. The Titans still have a chance to win on Sunday, and a win on Sunday would most likely mean a playoff berth (as we discussed on the podcast last night- listen here), but the ceiling for this team cannot be achieved until Mariota is 100%.