- 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