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.
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“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.”

 

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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 mark@pewterreport.com
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surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

Oh please Bucs M.M. is so great take him!! Nice try Ken, we’re taking Winston, so if you really love the kid, he’s all yours.

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Put your money where your mouth is……Go ahead and draft him! See you in October!

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

I met Whiz several times he is a great person thats all I can say, ha

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

Not that it matters since I strongly believe the Bucs are taking Mariota, but I think the Titans plan to draft L. Williams no matter who is on the board. It’s the same thing the Bucs are doing, just talking guys up in hopes of creating trade value while still getting they guy they want later. If it doesn’t work out, just take the guy you want with your pick. I think the Jaguars will be the first team to make this work. I see the Browns using their picks to trade into the 3rd spot for a pass rusher.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

Here you go pink, just to show that in fact the glazers are on board with Mariota and Jameis.
It’s up to Lovie and Licht now.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/24/joel-glazer-says-buccaneers-are-comfortable-with-jameis-winston/

jongruden
jongruden
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

Pink- You are one stubborn man, you ignore all the signs pointing to Winston being the pick simply cause you personally don’t want him, “signs”? you say, lets review Dirk Koetter is the hire, I have known him since ASU and he likes a verticle passing game not a short bubble screen type of offense-adv Winston, After combine first qb to be flown into Tampa visit-Winston, Hometown guy to drive up tix sales- Winston, Better NFL Arm- Winston. Leadership qualities- Winston, I can go on but you still won’t care as your still convinced its mariota (sigh) on draft day… Read more »

bollocks
bollocks
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

I’m with ya Pink on us drafting Mariota. There are just too many things involved that point to Mariota. Lovie’s type of player and “person”…no OL,Mariota can buy time Winston can’t plus Koetter can install a fast paced quick strike scheme. For everyone saying Winston doesn’t have any detractors…Jaws says he’s noticed things in Winstons game that worry him and he wouldn’t take him at 1.

I was wondering…Is there anyone here besides maybe me and Pink that sees the “air” of entitlement that surrounds Winston’s head like a cloud?

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

That picture makes MM look like a 100 LB. weakling! Nice try Whis, I’ll take Winston.

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Before you can play in the NFL, you gotta be able to call a play in the huddle. If Wiz is a nice guy, he and the rest of the coaches should stand aside and let Mariota fall to Chip Kelly at 20 where he will have a chance using sideline cue cards. See the ESPN video for yourself.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/

macabee
macabee
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

Sorry! Here is correct video!

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12495577

psymun
psymun
6 years ago

All I’m reading is “We don’t want Mariota with the 2nd pick, someone trade with us!”

Iabucfan
Iabucfan
Reply to  psymun
6 years ago

psymun, you nailed it!

cremdonado
cremdonado
6 years ago

this is a two part smoke screen- they want folks to think they just MIGHT grab Mariota as folks have been talking picks 3or lower is all that’s needed to move up to snag Marcus. The second is more of a personal protection screen for Wiz- in case they stick with Metts-his-face and he s**ts the bed- Wiz can be on record saying they should have considered MM… Or they think Tampa is dumb enough to be eating all the MM hype and draft him instead of JW,leaving the titans with AirMcNair 2.0 in Winston… Nice try, didn’t know weed… Read more »

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

Ken, being a salesman is not in your future.

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

Pink it’s O.K. you think the Bucs are taking Mariota, but if you think the Titans would pass on Winston, you’re losing me. I’ve enjoyed, and agreed with a lot of your posts, but I can’t understand why you’re disagreeing with just about everyone on this. Winston is hands down the best QB in this draft, maybe the best since Luck. That’s not just my opinion, but every so called experts opinion. Yet you believe he’ll fall past the Titans? Mac, I mentioned the video you posted in another post. Brutal to watch,the kids going to need at least a… Read more »

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  surferdudes
6 years ago

Surferdudes, I agree with you that the Bucs are going to take Winston because he looks like the better QB. Im not saying he is going to be but it appears that way. Mariota may end up being the better QB. No one knows right now. Just because everyone says winston is better doesnt mean his is better. Everyone said Ryan Leaf was going to be a great QB and him and Manning were almost equals. We all know how that turned out. Who would have thought Tom Brady would end up being better then Bledsoe. I just hope what… Read more »

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
6 years ago

Ken will show us how much he meant this statement when he drafts someone else or trades the pick. I dont like the Leaf and Peyton comparisons bc people forget that Winstons ability to dissect plays is actually considered to be on par with Peyton, that was not the case with MM. Pink I admire your ability to stand firm to your belief despite the mounds of evidence to the contrary. Go down with the Titanic bro!!

Roland
Roland
Reply to  stlbucsfan
6 years ago

Winston is talked up by Jimbo. The same one who sold many on JaMarcus Russel.
Fisher is a good coach, but a better recruiter, He does that by getting his players drafted high.

Gulfstrings
Gulfstrings
6 years ago

If Titans want to start their incumbent then taking MM at #2 would be a bit of a waste. However, if they really like MM then this would be an ideal situation for a rookie. He could sit for a year or two …

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

It is amazing that people or so called experts that get paid for evaluating talent have been wrong on so many evaluations. I recall Mayock saying that Barron will have multiple pro bowls. His ceiling was unlimited! Kiper knows as much as me and that isn’t much. They are basically talking heads but the team’s have scouts that are no better. The draft is nothing more then a glorified crap shoot. If you are lucky you get a winner, if not, you put more money down and try again. This is the year the Bucs better be lucky or it… Read more »

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

I am thinking that id all these so call teams want to move up! to get this qb. I think Tenn loves this guy.Pick him then the other teams will go after the no#3,4,5 &6 qb’s in this draft. And if they do that. Then Tampa and Tenn may be able to select other players that may not be there when they select. It’s a WIN,WIN SISTUTATION FOR BOTH TEAMS. GO BUCS. MAYBE LOVIE SMITH AND TENN COACH MAY MOVE PLAYERS TO HELP EACH OTHER!

Bucmeister
Bucmeister
6 years ago

None of us know what is going to happen. This time of year we can’t believe anything you read, especially from some of these writers and bloggers. No one saw the Barron pick coming, same here. What we read may be accurate, but the chances of it being BS are just as likely. Just enjoy the discussion because we are all guessing and putting our wishes out there, no facts just wishes

Roland
Roland
Reply to  Bucmeister
6 years ago

No one saw the Barron pick coming because it was to silly to predict. 12 better FA Safeties and Dom’s takes a safety that high. Crazy.

Buctebow
Buctebow
Reply to  Bucmeister
6 years ago

I will say that I was surprised and not happy when Barron was chosen, it made no sense to me at the time.

Roland
Roland
6 years ago

Yes Mariota is faster, smarter, stronger, classier… well everything better then Winston, but Winston played in Florida.
And we are the Bucs.
We will take Winston. The Winston who they all admit Lovie/Light/Scouts didn’t eat right maintain his fitness or hit the gym, BEFORE he was a millionaire. The same Winston who played with superior talent then his opponents and superior coaching, yet threw a pick every 280 yards…
Or we could draft Mariota who has a shot at the HOF.
We are the Bucs… Well at least until London gets our franchise post the Winston debacle.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Roland
6 years ago

A shot at the hall of fame! Thanks for the laugh, you can’t say that about any qb coming out, especially a guy who struggles with the simple act of calling a play in the huddle. And how many times are you going to post the same two statements about interceptions and winston being out of shape? After the 5th time we all get the point.

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

Guys why don’t you give the great Debate on who is better Winston or Mariota! What If Tampa goes a different direction and gets several draft picks for the number One selection. Tampa could go afer another young QB in the later rounds and select another Veteran QB to run the team until the young QB is ready. Tampa bay didnot have that bad of a team. If Tampa plugs up the offensive line holes and the defense gets better. And if Tampa get a #1 extra pick in 2016. Maybe Lovie Smith may go after Connor Cook from Mich… Read more »

Buctebow
Buctebow
6 years ago

Don’t believe anything until the draft and then not much after, as everyone claims to have made the perfect picks because of their superb strategy and got exactly the guys they wanted and that they are all future HOFers. I just want the draft to get here, as the debates are getting stale.