|Offense||29th||90.4 (26th)||213.2 (22nd)|
|Defense||27th||137.2 (31st)||235.8 (15th)|
Even though the
"That is the mentality that Zach has. He thinks of himself as a starter, and the guys in the locker room do also," Lewan said. "I don't think he is going to give it up easily,"
Lewan was the Titans' first-round pick in last year's draft.
"Our coaches have been working on a plan for quite some time now for Marcus," Webster said. "Really to adapting our offense to his skill set -- he has a special skill set. There's really not much he can't do from physical standpoint and he's very bright. That combination is going to allow him to do his own adapting to the NFL game but our coaches have worked very hard on coming up with a system within our system for Marcus. I think it will work well."
The Titans believe that Mariota will work fine under center and reading defenses despite not being asked to do so while playing at Oregon.
That is not expected to happen however. Mariota was probably not taken No. 2 overall to battle it out for the position.
The Titans had previously played up Metternberger as their potential franchise quarterback. General manager Ruston Webster has quashed rumors that he has asked to be traded.
"We talked to Zach, and that's not Zach in an any way," Webster said. "I think he'll embrace the sitatuon here and he won't be traded."
Mettenberger improved through the course of the 2014 season despite missing time with a shoulder injury. He finished the year with six starts and having completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 1,412 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
"That's the plan. That's what we anticipate being the case," Whisenhunt said. "We have to work hard and push him to try to get him prepared."
The selection means that
"We talked to Zach, and that's not Zach in any way," Webster said. "I think he'll embrace the situation here and he won't be traded."
Mettenberger completed 59.8 percent of his passes while throwing eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in seven games, including six starts, in his rookie season.
"The way this league is going on, very seldom do you get a quarterback that goes through the whole season," Whisenhunt said. "So Zach will get an opportunity at some point. When he does, he's got to be ready to take advantage of that. He'll get a lot of work in preseason. He'll get some work with the (first team) and he'll get prepared."
The package, which would likely include multiple-first round picks and players, would likely be with the
Bradford, who was acquired from the Rams earlier this season, has also been rumored to have drawn trade interest from the Browns. The Eagles have also appeared open to dealing talented, young players like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Boykin if it'll help them land the quarterback Kelly covets.
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