Mariota seeking first career road win over Jaguars
By TERESA M. WALKER, The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota says he only wants to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday to earn a road victory against an AFC South rival.
He has no concerns, he said, about returning to the field where his season ended last Christmas Eve with a broken right leg.
What he will talk about is the fact that Tennessee lost that game 38-17, ending its chance for a division title.
“We didn’t play very well,” the 23-year-old from Honolulu said Wednesday. “Left a bad taste in our mouth. You know that’s something I think, for a lot of guys, lingered throughout the offseason. Obviously, we want to play better. We want to play to our potential.”
A win for the Titans, and a victory for the Indianapolis Colts over the Arizona Cardinals, would create an early AFC South logjam, with four teams at 1-1.
“Obviously a goal for us is to win our division, and it’s got to start somewhere,” Mariota said. “Sunday’s a great opportunity for us.”
Mariota has left Jacksonville with a loss in each of his first two seasons.
Last year, he was 8-for-20 for 99 yards and a touchdown before being hurt on a sack by Sheldon Day.
Mariota needed surgery, but was ready for the start of this year’s training camp. Last week in a 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders, he completed 25 of 41 passes for 256 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, and ran for a 10-yard score.
“I think that he continues to get better, I think he continues to get better and better with the system,” said Jaguars coach Doug Marrone. “He’s operating at a very high level. He’s a very dangerous player because he can beat you with his arm, beat you with his feet, does well on his progressions. There’s really not any type of flaw that I see in his game.”