NASHVILLE, Tenn. – We’ll continue to go back-and-forth and round-and-round on Marcus Mariota, especially until we have any new evidence of how he can play with Arthur Smith’s modified scheme and new play-calling.

My stance remains the same until we see something new: Consecutive seasons where he posted 13 and 11 touchdown passes do not cut it. He’s trending in the wrong direction and while the coordinator changes, the LaFleurMariotainjuries, the protection issues and the insufficient weapons are all mitigating factors, they simply don’t excuse that level of production.

Working under his fifth-year option he’s making $20.922 million, a cap hit that’s an increase of $13.218 million from his fourth year. He’s got to prove worth it, or I believe the Titans can find a 2020 rookie to throw 11 or 13 touchdowns.

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