The Tennessee Titans finally have some reason for optimism heading in to an NFL season, for once.
Going in to the 2015 campaign, the Titans went out and drafted exciting running back David Cobb and the physical specimen that is wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
They also brought in Heisman winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, a man who they hope can turn around the team's fortunes and become the face of the franchise. The Titans, and their fans, will be happy to learn that one Super Bowl winner has high hopes for the former Oregon man.
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Rookie of the Year
Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was speaking on a conference call, via the Titans website, when he said that he rated Mariota so highly that he thinks the quarterback will end the season as Offensive Rookie of the Year.
"I have seen him, and I think his mental toughness has been on display, No.1,’’ Gruden said. “You saw him turn the ball over against Atlanta, a couple times I think, in the first 10-15 plays. And then you saw him string together some really good football."
"I saw him fall way behind on the road at Kansas City, then he hung in there and engineered a couple of really good drives. I like the way he is playing under center. Ken Whisenhunt has put him under the center a lot," he added.
"It looks like he is in rhythm, he is doing some really good things and I think he has impressed a lot of people with the way he has thrown the football."
Mariota was a star in Oregon and had one of the best seasons in college football history, exploding as part of the Ducks high-octane offense for 58 total touchdowns through the air and on the ground.
“If I was a Tennessee Titans fans, I’d be really, really happy.”