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Titans Bench Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill Will Start At Quarterback Against The Chargers

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Ryan Tannehill will start at quarterback Sunday for the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Chargers.

According to Ian Rapoport late Tuesday night, starting quarterback and former number two overall pick Marcus Mariota was benched in favor of Tannehill for the upcoming game.

Tannehill replaced Mariota against the Broncos when the Titans couldn’t do anything on offense. Now, he’s just taken the starting job. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

This probably signals the end of Mariota’s starting career with the Titans. The former Oregon star is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

My guess is that we’ve seen the last of his starting days in Tennessee. At the very least, there’s a high chance he won’t be in a Titans uniform next season.

Generally speaking, you don’t re-sign a quarterback after taking his job away.

 

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Now, we’ll have to see what Tannehill is capable of. He started for a few seasons for the Dolphins, and has a sneaky level of athleticism.

After all, he was QB at Texas A&M that initially showed up to play wide receiver.

 

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Unfortunately for fans of the team, it really doesn’t matter who plays quarterback because the Titans aren’t going to do anything major this season.

They’re currently 2-4, and it might only get worse from here. Not a great time to be pulling for Tennessee!