The optimism in Tennessee is as high as it has been in a long time.
After being an AFC South doormat for the past two years, the Titans head into the 2016 season feeling good about going 3-1 during the preseason.
One of the main reasons why is second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota’s command of the offense.
Mariota explained to the Titans’ official website that he feels good heading into the regular season.
“Definitely,’’ Mariota said on Thursday night. “We’ve had some ups and downs, but at the same time I feel we’ve had a lot more ups than we’ve had downs. It’s good to build off of – having success, sustaining drives. I feel like we’ve built a solid resume up to this point going into the regular season.”
In three preseason contests, Mariota has completed 23 of 31 passes for 319 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. His numbers for the three games resulted in a 104.1 quarterback rating.
Last season Mariota set franchise rookie records for most touchdowns (19), completions (230), passing yards (2,818) and passing attempts (370) despite missing four games with a knee injury.
Mariota and Tennessee’s offense should be on the rise with a revitalized running game featuring DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry.
While Titans’ talent is more evident this season, the Indianapolis Colts are still the front-runner. Yet Tennessee should be excited with the direction of the franchise.