If the Bucs do in fact decide to draft former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, the Tennessee Titans will have a decision to make. Since the end of last season, the Titans have mentioned often how pleased they are with Zach Mettenberger, but on Tuesday, Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud reported that Titans’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt went on and on about the ability of the former Duck and reigning Heisman winner Marcus Mariota at the NFL owners meeting in Arizona.
“We spent probably an hour and a half in the classroom with Marcus and he was very impressive,” Whisenhunt said. ‘A lot of people said he’s in the spread offense and he doesn’t have to do a lot, but that’s not true. He has to change protections, he’s got to adjust his receivers, there’s a lot of things he has to do before the ball is snapped. And then he has to go through his reads.
“He’s an accurate thrower, he doesn’t turn the ball over a lot, can extend the play. So he does a lot of things that I think no matter what you do, transitions well into the NFL.”
Whisenhunt also was impressed with Mariota’s personality, and thinks it will fit in just fine in the NFL.
“The only thing I’ll say about that is, one of the values for me of going to pro day especially with a quarterback is there’s a lot of standing around for a quarterback in workouts because they’re not doing the lifting, they’re not doing all that but they’re still there,” Whisenhunt said. “They’re on the floor, for lack of a better word, while their guys are working. To me, it’s important to see the chemistry with him and the team, how he interacts with his guys and how they respond to him. That was really impressive with Marcus. We stayed like I said. We had an hour and a half in the classroom with him, we probably had two and a half hours after the pro day was over. And five of the receivers and the center all stayed to work with him for us, which was a great benefit for us because we were able to do stuff. It’s one of the things when you work a quarterback out individually, it’s hard to get bodies, it’s hard to get receivers and things like that. Those guys staying, that’s a great sign of his leadership ability.
”Demeanor, whatever you want to say about that, guys love him.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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