Titans Watch: 38 More Days

August 6th, 2015
Ken Whisenhunt, Marcus Mariota

Fresh news on the Titans Watch

Joe’s already called opening day against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 13 in Tampa a “must-win.”

It’s not a must-win for the standings. Duh. But it is necessary for the psyche of a Bucs fan base that hasn’t seen a home victory since 2013, and compares Jameis Winston to Marcus Mariota.

The Tennesseean checks in with a Wednesday report that includes the play-by-play on Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota had another good day, completing 8-of-12 passes (no picks for a fifth straight day) in combined seven-on-seven and team drills. Two of the incompletions should have been caught, as one ball slipped through Delanie Walker’s hands and another slid through Dorial Green-Beckham’s hands. Mariota was just 1-for-3 in a team red-zone drill near the end of practice. But the one completion was a beauty, as he dropped a pass into the hands of Kendall Wright, who was crossing into the corner of the end zone.

BSPN.com also writes about what Joe has been discussing for weeks, the scary matchup of Dick LeBeau (Titans offensive coordinator) versus Jameis Winston.

Titans tight end Delanie Walker explains that Mariota is getting schooled by LeBeau and his giant bag of tricks and looks.

“With LeBeau, we’re not scouting them and they are giving us 10 different looks for every play,” Walker said. “I think that’s healthy for our offense, and it’s a good look for our young quarterback to see so much going on. When we play a defense that just plays cover-2 or cover-3, he’s going to see that right away and know what to do.”


35 Responses to “Titans Watch: 38 More Days”

  1. R.O. Says:

    He only threw 12 passes in both 7-7 and 11-11 drills… That’s not very much at all. How many were checked down? Dumb stat.

  2. Jody Says:

    We could have picked him.
    Man the BUCS are stupid. I thought they said Winston was the one who is pro ready. Looks the other way around.

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    I Think the point of the story is that compared to Coach LeBeau “bag of tricks” lovie’s bag of trick will look like a little girl’s purse!!!!!

    and very passive according to both of Lovie’s starting safties last year!!!

  4. JJJ Says:

    Seems like Joe is making a premature excuse in case Mariota ends up the better QB…

  5. tickrdr Says:

    Didn’t everyone see that “Quick Strike by Jameis” video Joe posted a few days ago? That was an excellent 3 yard completion on a “come-backer” with a diving catch for negative YAC. What is there to worry about?


  6. Joe Cool Says:

    Oh Jody…. When will you learn?

  7. Buc Neckid Says:

    Dick Lebeau worries me more than Mariota’s Arm

  8. Etzel Says:

    Are you babies ready to jump ship off of some practice INTs? Sheesh, the Deadfish is taking baby steps. While Jameis is getting thrown into the lion pit. Mariota is still learning his steps. Peek inside of the respective huddles and who do you think you’d want?

  9. DrFeelgood Says:

    No one should be too excited or too dejected about either player, but I like to hear Mr. Casserly say we made the right choice. Less than one week into training camp and people are comparing practice INTs. Comical.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    From now on I’m just going to call the Bucs vs Titans game a mustard win for the home team.

  11. Lord Cornelius Says:

    You people are seriously insane. Who the hell reacts so much to training camp reports?? Only insane depressed Bucs fans

    Cam Newton played absolutely pathetic in the preseason his rookie year and then went off for 400 yards passing week 1. Tell me when the real lights come on and then I’ll care. You guys have fun freaking out and living in misery lol

  12. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    I want to thank Jody, SuperSam, and all the others. I had kind of gotten over the joy that I felt watching your bitterness erupt on April 30th.

    My thrill is back. Glad you’re still butthurt.

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Let me correct that and say Newtons preseason wasn’t that horrific but everyone was writing about his inconsistencies and bad play. Under 50% completion and didn’t move offense much.

    Andy Dalton also looked pretty terrible that preseason and went on to play much better in the regular season.

    The only things I wanna look for in preseason is how the lines and RBs/rookies look in general but even pre season is misleading… Much less freaking training camp

  14. Mord Says:

    If we had drafted Mariota and Tennessee had taken Jameis, don’t you think we’d be reading some articles about how Mariota was “the right choice”, based on the practice INTs?

    I think Jameis will be fine in the long run .. but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see Mariota do very well early on, and I wonder how Jameis will handle the inevitable scrutiny and comparison.

  15. LakelandBuc Says:

    I’m not looking at the Titans, we should mop the floor with them. I’m looking forward to our game with the Houston Texans, we should take them out also. But the Texans game will be the first real test for Jameis. I would be very disappointed if we let the Titans and their Checkdown Charley QB hang around until the 4th quarter. We should put this game out of reach in the 3rd quarter, Jameis and most of the starters should be laughing and joking on the sidelines for the whole 4th quarter. I’m looking to win the division this season, we have too much talent on this team to be mediocre.We have our franchise QB, I understand that he’s a rookie, but he’s a talented rookie and we have the right minds to coach him up to par. We have 3-4 reliable,experienced RB’S, who can give us 2200-2400 rushing yards, we have a much improved O-Line, who really have their 1st full offseason together. We have 2 experienced WR’S who can stretch the field, who are great route runners, we have rookie recievers with blazing speed and are hungry. We have TE’S who are unguardable in the middle of the field, we have an experienced OC, who can draw up mismatches, who can find holes and weakness in a defense, who can create plays according to our talent. We have the best group of DT’S in the NFL( hands down) we have the fastes lineback corps in the NFL, we have good corners, who can be great, we have young up and coming safeties, who know’s this defense. And we have NFL experienced coaches at every position, we have 6 coaches who have played in the NFL. I see no reason whay we can’t win this weak division this season.

  16. LakelandBuc Says:

    I meant the fastest linebacker corps in the NFL

  17. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    This game will generate a LOT of national attention! It will be hyped to death as #1 versus #2…Heisman versus Heisman. Yeah football is a team sport and that’s unfair but that’s just the way it is. Good luck to Mariota and the Titans. Better luck to us!

    I hope Mariota plays well but our defense plays better, I hope the Titans defense plays well but Fameis plays better. I hope we have a coming out party for the national media…perhaps LVD will finally get his props.

  18. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    You MUST win a home game against a bad team. If we can’t do that it’s going to be another long season.

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    Lord Cornelius Says:
    August 6th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    “You people are seriously insane. Who the hell reacts so much to training camp reports?? Only insane depressed Bucs fans”

    Correct and that’s why I won’t participate in this Mariota Watch silliness.

    No offense Joe. I did this for 3 straight months in here. I’m not playing Groundhog Day for you.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Eric75…the Bucs are going to win week 1. That’s all I’m going to say when it comes to this game.

    If I get really bored, I might just dip in here by accident, but not likely.

  21. LargoBuc Says:

    Wait until there is a pass rush coming at him. Not only is Jameis reading various looks, but our d line wants to rattle him as much as possible in TC. And only 12 passes? I hope Jameis is attempting more than 12 passes a day. Its just that, If Mariota dosent make mistakes in practice, how can he learn from them? He wont until its too late and he starts 0-1. Im glad our defense is being rough on Jameis. By week one, he will kinda be used to it. It just feels like the media in Nashville is trying to paint this rosey picture and not giving full details. How many of his throws were checkdowns? Hiw many were 20 or more yards? Whats is the defense’ mindset practicing against a rookie? And only 12 passes? That between 7 on and 11 on. Thats not alot of repetition. How much of the playbook are they feeding Mariota? Is it only the spread concepts or his he taking snaps under center too. And is he allowed to change the play/formation/protection? Im nit buying it. I know the national media has an agenda to bring up Mariota and bring down Jameis. So when bspn and the nashville media continue to make Mariota look pro ready and highlight all of Jameis interceptions, I can see right through it. I beleive come week one, Jameis will be prepared from getting his butt kicked all summer and Mariota will be green. Not a doubt in my mind.

  22. Buccfan37 Says:

    87…Mariota, whose name shall not be mentioned.

  23. Supersam Says:

    Bucs will forever regret not picking this kid. Wait and see. I don’t understand what Lovie was smoking, he’s everything Lovie drools over. A class act, careful with the football and is an “athlete” and Lovie chooses the guy who was a total opposite. I just don’t get it. I also read an article the other day that said, A personal friend very close to Dirk Keotter said that he really really wanted Mariota, but Lovie and Licht had final call. John Lynch said just the other day that he would’ve picked Mariota and we all know how Dungy felt on the subject. I just don’t get it.

  24. Buccfan37 Says:

    87… I can see why you don’t want to do a rehash trash of Mariota, you would have to come up with new words to not seem repetitive. Readers know how talk of him irritates you, 39 more days of Titan Watch. You better stock up on fuses becauses you’ll likely blow some out when you get bored and accidently dip in and react.

  25. JoeNUTS Says:

    JW and MM will be compared to each other for their entire careers so get used to it 87 and Nole fans…its natural when you go 1 and 2 in the first round of the NFL in the same position.

    The BUCS need to start 2-1 this season or its going to be dismal season. They had no momentum last year at any point in the season. When you start 0-6…thats a torpedo to the season. Hey dont forget the season doesnt “start” until November according to Lovie. I hope he gets his head out of his arse this year and refrains from dumb statements.

  26. tickrdr Says:

    @Lakeland Buc:

    “We have 3-4 reliable,experienced RB’S, who can give us 2200-2400 rushing yards, we have a much improved O-Line, who really have their 1st full offseason together.”
    Wow, do I admire—- but not share—– your optimism.
    Just a few numbers for Season Totals for Rushing Yards for your entertainment:
    Bucs 2002 1557yds 27th in NFL
    Bucs 2012 1837yds 15th in NFL
    Bucs 2014 1375yds 29th in NFL

    NYJ 2014 2280yds 3rd in NFL
    Dall 2014 2354yds 2nd in NFL
    Seat 2014 2762yds 1st in NFL

    Do you really expect us to nearly DOUBLE our rushing yards this year, when even during Doug Martin’s terrific rookie season the team total was < 2000yds.
    Furthermore, JBF has had multiple articles still concerned that the OL remains a weakness of this team.


  27. Mo_Downs Says:

    If the Titans (1st string?) secondary can’t get a pick in TC against a rookie QB, what makes you so sure they will be great in RS games? A new DC with a new scheme? Old “semi-marquee” defensive players destined for PUP/IR before the end of TC?

    Seems like Mariota crumbles if you can mount a steady pass rush. BTW, I really hope that Mariota tries to scramble against our head-huntin’ D.

    Yes, please..??

    And, for cryin’ out loud, Glennon…”GLENNON”… beat the Steelers DC last year behind our pathetic OL.

    So, me thinks that our fans and the media’s pants-wetting over facing those scary ol’ Titans is a bit overblown. Keep in mind that the (2-14?) Titans ain’t all that…!!!

  28. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    I don’t know what is more encouraging: that the Titans secondary can’t get any picks from a rookie even though they are throwing “10 different looks for every play” or that Marcus is getting so few reps that he won’t learn anything.

  29. ColoradoBuc Says:

    They aren’t really pressing MM so his learning curve is going to be pretty steep and take more time. Great!

  30. Jimmy53 Says:

    U there are reports out there from the Titans own people that Mariota has looked rough in drills and 7 on 7’s. Not sure why we’re getting the roses version here, but don’t believe everything you read folks.

    And some of you (ahem ahem Jody) if you’re making judgements based off of a couple of practices you might want to watch a different sport.

  31. FanOfBucs Says:


  32. Skyline Crew Says:

    From QB coach McNulty on Mariota:

    “He’s able to get to Chapter 2 and 3 on each play where with a lot of rookies you’re just hoping they pick up Chapter 1 and will eventually get to the next couple things,” McNulty said. “We didn’t have to start over with him, we get to higher-level protection stuff and what-ifs.”

  33. Skyline Crew Says:

    From practice:

    Play one: Quarterback Marcus Mariota stood in under a big and complicated blitz. He faced a front where everyone up front was in a two-point stance at the snap — linebackers Wesley Woodyard, J.R. Tavai and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and defensive linemen Ropati Pitoitua and Karl Klug.

    Mariota kept his bearings and fired perfectly to Kendall Wright on the left sideline. Wright reached up to grab it. But he didn’t come all the way down with the ball and the officials on the sideline signaled it was incomplete.

    “Marcus, he’s good at throwing the ball off anticipation, when I turned my head, the ball was already there,” Wright said. “I just had to try to make a play for him without falling real hard. I had it; I just didn’t want to fall on my shoulder. It’s the same shoulder I separated a couple years ago. I just didn’t want to fall on it hard. If anything it was a fumble, not a drop. I caught it.”

  34. Skyline Crew Says:

    Play two: Another play with significant pressure. Mariota threw left again, this time to tight end Anthony Fasano, who had room to make a catch with Perrish Cox in close proximity. But Fasano, facing back toward Mariota, caught the ball out of bounds.

    “I asked Fasano, ‘Were you in bounds?’ He said, ‘I was before the ball got there,’” Whisenhunt said. “I don’t quite know what that answer is. So he was aware, but he didn’t get his feet in. Is that what that means?”

  35. Skyline Crew Says:

    From what I’m seeing and reading is that Mariota is coming along just fine and you wouldn’t know he didn’t play a pro style in college. However, it appears that his teammates aren’t making smart plays. Bucs can only hope that the same thing happens in the game with the WRs and TE making bad decisions.