Dick LeBeau Has Been Impressed with Marcus Mariota


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dick LeBeau's top priority is to get the Titans defense ready for the season.

Yet along the way, his unit is also preparing rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The defensive wizard isn't holding anything back in training camp.

"We are getting ready to play against every quarterback in the league, so he is getting everything. We are going to show him everything that he will see," LeBeau, assistant head coach/defense, said on Wednesday. "By the time he has gone against us through this training camp and the coaching sessions, there may be a little different configurations, but basically he would have seen all the pressures and all the man (coverage) or zone.

"Our package is extensive and from that standpoint we are showing him everything. I don't think he is going to go into a game and say, "Jeez, I've never seen that before, or something like it."

So far, Mariota has passed all the tests. Through the first five practices of training camp, Mariota hasn't thrown an interception so far in 7-or-7 or team drills.

Back-up Zach Mettenberger can't say that. Neither can veteran Charlie Whitehurst.

LeBeau, who's in charge of the defense while working alongside defensive coordinator Ray Horton, hasn't been counting.

"We are making some interceptions, I know we are not shut out, so somebody has thrown a couple,'' LeBeau said with a smile. "Hey, I hope (Mariota) never throws a pick."

LeBeau said he's been impressed with Mariota, the team's second overall pick. But he admits he's been paying closer attention to his guys than the quarterbacks.

Mariota's poise has stood out to LeBeau, however.

"I see some pretty quick decision making by him, which is great for his position,'' LeBeau said of Mariota. "Once he makes a decision, it doesn't take him long to act, and I think those will be plus things."

Titans Online looks at the career of NFL coaching legend Dick LeBeau. (AP Photos)

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