NASHVILLE, Tenn. – From the time they drafted him second overall in 2015 until Week 6 of his fifth season, the Tennessee Titans pinned their hopes on Marcus Mariota.

The promising quarterback out of Oregon was as nice as they come in their time in Nashville, and I repeatedly offered into his fourth season that I thought he had the skillset and the mindset to be their franchise quarterback.MariotaTightRAMS

But injuries and the failures of his approach and confidence ultimately led to his undoing, leading Mike Vrabel to bench him in Denver during a loss that dropped the 2019 Titans to 2-4.

Ryan Tannehill took over and led the Titans on an AFC Championship Game run.

When I sat down with Mike Mularkey on Dec. 14 in Atlantic Beach, Fla., we discussed his experience working as Mariota’s coach for part of 2015 through 2017.

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