Mariota injury forced Titans to alter schemes

From ESPN - January 13, 2018

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quarterback Marcus Mariota's mobility was limited for much of the Tennessee Titans' 35-14 playoff loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday because of a strained quad.

Mariota suffered the injury on a first-quarter run, according to Titans coach Mike Mularkey.

"It had an impact, obviously," Mularkey said. "We had to get out of some of our scheme we had with him, some of our zone scheme."

Mularkey said Mariota's leg prevented him from scrambling away from the New England rush. The Patriots sacked him four times in the third quarter -- including back-to-back plays that left Tennessee with a third-and-31 from their own 2 -- and three more in the fourth.

"They did a good job with the line game," Mularkey said. "Marcus was hampered. Tough to get away."

Mariota did not use his injury as an excuse, saying after the game that "everybody plays with something." He was visibly upset, however, and said he was "embarrassed."


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