Titans to bench Mariota, start Tannehill at quarterback against Chargers

Titans to bench Mariota, start Tannehill at quarterback against Chargers
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Source: David Zalubowski)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - If multiple media reports are to be believed, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will start Sunday’s game against the Chargers the same way he ended his most recent outing: on the bench, watching Ryan Tannehill take snaps instead.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the Titans were officially making a quarterback change, electing to start the former Miami Dolphins quarterback in Mariota’s place.

Mariota was ineffective Sunday, completing just 7-of-18 passes for 63 yards and two interceptions in a 16-0 loss against the Broncos, dropping the Titans’ record to 2-4 this season.

“I was inaccurate (Sunday), and I didn’t give our guys a chance to make plays, and that’s some of the reasons I got pulled,” Mariota told reporters after the game. “It starts with me. I have to do a better job.”

The Titans were down 13-0 when Mariota was pulled from the game in favor of Tannehill, who completed 13 of his 16 pass attempted for 144 yards but did not lead Tennessee to the scoreboard.

Mariota has spent much of the season ― and his career, for that matter ― looking for enough stability from the Titans to perform at a high level.

The former Heisman Trophy winner has been sacked 25 times through the team’s first six games, the second-most of any quarterback in the NFL so far this season.

And he’s currently being coached by Tennessee’s fifth offensive coordinator since being drafted in 2015 ― a turnover rate which prevents any sort of familiarity from building between coach and quarterback.

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