Titans bench Marcus Mariota in favor of Ryan Tannehill
After struggling all season, Marcus Mariota has finally been benched. The Tennessee Titans quarterback was pulled from the team’s game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, with Ryan Tannehill replacing him.
The Titans trailed the Broncos 13-0 midway through the third quarter when head coach Mike Vrabel made the switch to Tannehill. When he was pulled, Mariota was 7-for-18 for just 63 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. It was truly an atrocious performance.
This change has been coming for a while as Marcus Mariota has been brutal this season. Superficially his numbers looked OK entering Week 6, but his QBR was a brutal 35.8 and the offense he’s leading has been horrific all year.
The Titans entered Sunday averaging just 307.8 yards of total offense per game this season, and only 192.2 of that has come via the pass. Tennessee is also scoring just 19.6 points per game.
Tannehill won’t blow anyone away, but it might be time for a long-term change in Tennessee.