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05/05/15 - A closer look at the Titans' nine picks: Round 1/2 - Marcus Mariota, QB, 6-4, 222, Oregon...The Titans are putting the franchise and the careers of general manager Ruston Webster and head coach Ken Whisenhunt into the hands of the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner. Mariota, though not quite a fit in Whisenhunt's vertical passing game, certainly becomes the face of the franchise now. The Titans say they will adjust to Mariota's skill set while he learns their system in order to find the best mix as he jumps to the top of the depth chart. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Mariota immediately becomes the face of the Titans franchise after winning the Heisman Trophy in 2014. Tennessee has to hope that he can adapt quickly to being an NFL quarterback after first-round misses on VinceYoung in 2006 and Jake Locker in 2011. "I think any question that you're going to be faced when you're talking about a quarterback is how they process things," Whisenhunt said. "To me, the hardest thing about playing that position is being able to diagnose what a defense is doing, what you have do to is to try to counter that and then be able to do that all within a matter of a few second and get the ball accurately to the right spot if you're throwing it." As for what Whisenhunt will do to make Mariota fit, he said, "We've already started working on that. We'll have a plan." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Long search for quality QB might be over...The Tennessee Titans have been searching for a franchise quarterback for 10 years -- ever since they traded Steve McNair to Baltimore in 2005. For the third time in the first round, the Titans hope they found that man, as they selected Marcus Mariota with the second pick in the 2015 draft Thursday, right behind Tampa Bay's selection of Jameis Winston. The Titans fielded trade offers from a number of teams, but did not find an offers satisfactory enough to move them off of Mariota at No. 2. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt quickly said that Mariota moves to the top of the depth chart ahead of Zach Mettenberger. But first, of course, they will test his football acumen as he and Whisenhunt will have to find the right mix of the coach's vertical passing system against the spread offense Mariota operated at Oregon.
"You've got to push him," Whisenhunt said. "You've got to challenge him, but obviously there are some things he does well and we'll incorporate those into what we're doing. It's gonna be a little bit of blend, but he's a talented young man. He has a very good feel for the position and how to process those things, and we're excited to get a chance to work with him." Mariota, too, is eager to get started and find common ground within the Titans' offense. "For me, I'm gonna to my best to try and do some of everything. I'm gonna be the player that I've always been and do whatever is asked of me," Mariota said. "Coach Whisenhunt is going to have his offense and his complexities of his system and I'm gonna do my best to execute it. I won't change the type of player I am. Hopefully, we'll continue to find success and execute well." - The Sports Xchange
04/23/15 - Marcus Mariota already is part of the lore of a famous statue, having won the 2014 Heisman Trophy. Now he has something that might not be so prestigious, but is edible. After signing on with Subway restaurants as their latest "Famous Fan," Mariota unveiled a life-size food sculpture Wednesday in his hometown of Honolulu. The main ingredient of the structure: guacamole. That made the Oregon quarterback and likely early pick in next week's draft laugh loudly. "It's really funny," Mariota said of the statue made by food sculptor Jim Victor. "The actual message is that Subway has come out with guacamole, and I like guacamole, and so the statue is made of all the ingredients in guacamole. "When they first showed it to us at the house, my mom, she made sure I got a photo with it."
Mariota joins Robert Griffin III, Ndamukong Suh, Mark Ingram, Anthony Barr and Jarvis Jones as NFL players who have been immortalized in meat, poultry and vegetables. He was a natural choice, the Subway folks say, because Mariota is a regular at their restaurants; Mariota says he ate at Subway "nearly every day in college," along with several teammates. "It really is cool to be part of that group that has had this done for them," he said. - AP Sports
03/24/15 - Whisenhunt would start Mariota if picked No. 2...If Marcus Mariota is the No. 2 overall pick, he would also be the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart with the Tennessee Titans. "You're talking about taking a quarterback with the first or second pick, you're probably going to play that guy," said Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Oregon quarterback. "As far as whether or not he's ready to do it, we're still in the process of evaluating. We like what we've seen so far, he's a talented player." NFLDraftScout.com ranks Mariota as the No. 2 quarterback in the 2015 draft behind Florida State's Jameis Winston. The Titans don't have a franchise quarterback in place, but have also spent significant time with Southern Cal defensive tackle in addition to working out Mariota and Winston.
The mild-mannered, passive demeanor of Mariota and his college football upbringing in a fast-break offense that didn't develop certain skills vital to NFL success raised criticism from media and some in the scouting community. Whisenhunt, who has an obvious stake in hiking interest in the No. 2 pick, said he sees a pretty flawless player in evaluating Mariota. "I've been very impressed with him," Whisenhunt said. "I spent an hour and a half with him in the classroom and went out on the field and worked out with him. "How he handled that whole situation, he did a really nice job. To me, he shows a lot of the qualities of those guys who have been successful in the league. The team gravitates to him, they really like him. He's an accurate thrower, he doesn't turn the ball over much and can extend the play." How the Titans handle the No. 2 pick and the draft overall could have a serious bearing on Whisenhunt's future. Being the season for blowing smoke, Whisenhunt also had some praise for Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford -- who happens to be under contract with the team coached by Mariota's former college coach, Chip Kelly. - The Sports Xchange