Marcus Mariota… The Next Can’t Miss in the NFL

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) makes the tackle during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

By: Monte Perez 

MARCUS MARIOTA has been named the NFL’s AFC Offensive Player of Week. In his first start, Last year’s Hesiman Trophy Winner, was 13-16 with 4 touchdown passes and had a quarterback rating of 158.3. I still don’t understand why 158.3 is a perfect QB rating, but don’t let that tarnish what was a phenomenal accomplishment. The biggest concern about MARIOTA coming to the NFL was that he was a “system quarterback.” As a former coach there is one thing I know to be absolutely true… you can have the best system in the world, if you don’t have the players it will never work. MARIOTA got better when offensive guru CHIP KELLY, left Oregon and went to the Philadelphia Eagles. Another concern about MARIOTA was that quarterbacks who played in spread offenses rarely have success in the NFL. This to me was a mind boggling comment by the so-called “experts.” Has anyone watched the elite teams in the NFL? It is all spread offenses. Last year in the playoffs the New England Patriots were playing the Baltimore Ravens. The Pats didn’t call one rushing play for their running backs in the entire second half. Andrew Luck made it to the AFC Championship game with a Colts team that had very little success rushing the ball. Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to back to back Super Bowl appearances. Wilson rushed for over 800 yards last year. MARIOTA’S skill set is built for the NFL. He has great size (6’4 225lbs), great speed (4.52 40-yard dash) and tremendous accuracy. As a 3 year starter at Oregon he had 136 total touchdowns and only 14 interceptions. That is almost a 10 to 1 ratio. I know it was college… but AARON RODGERS is the all-time leader in touchdown to interception ratio at 4.02 to 1. This is no reflection of Jameis Winston but Tampa Bay made a colossal mistake by not taking MARIOTA. There will be ups and downs like any quarterback. In his first 4 years with the Indianapolis Colts PEYTON MANNING had 23, 15, 15 and 23 interceptions. I don’t see MARIOTA having that many, his quick release and decision making is way advanced for a rookie. MARIOTA was the best college quarterback I have ever seen and his stats were the most productive of any Heisman Trophy winner (68% Completions, 58 total touchdowns, 4 interceptions and 4,454 passing yards). I am not saying he is a “can’t miss” but at 21 years old he has already shown he has what it takes to be elite. His ceiling is limitless at this point. Oh why couldn’t my Jets draft him L   Follow the Sports Whisperer on Twitter:Montetjwitter11 And Download the Tuneinradio app for free… Type in WRNJ and listen to the Monte Cristo Sports Thing Thursdays at 7PM

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