NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marcus Mariota’s never talked much specifically about a tendency to miss high when he’s off target.

Mike Mularkey and Terry Robiskie frequently dismissed the idea that any sort of mechanical flaw was an issue IMG 8360 1for him, though they weren’t always convincing and could have simply been trying to avoid a discussion of it.

I felt like throwing high was less of a problem in 2017 than it was in 2016 -- his inaccuracy was spread more into different categories -- but it was still an issue that reared its head and caused problems.

And without coming right out and saying so, Mariota conceded the issue with his answer about his primary focus during his offseason time. [Unlocked.]

He said he worked to widen his base.

A narrow base causes quarterbacks to overstride and throw high, often sailing the ball.

As Mariota said, the habit is a long-standing one. Those are the hardest to break.

I’m sure he did a wide variety of drills and work that drummed the feeling of assuming a wider base into him. I’m sure quarterback coach Pat O’Hara and coordinator Matt LaFleur will continue to work with him on it.

Wesley Woodyard said his offseason focus while away from the team was to improve some fast-twitch movement.

Most players, while working on their entire game and entire body, have a point of emphasis from January into April, when they return to their team.

It will be interesting to see what sort of progress Mariota, Woodyard and the rest of the team’s veterans make in those super-focus areas.

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