Marcus Mariota Doesn't Believe in Dwelling in Past

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** Rewind back to November 2012, during Marcus Mariota's freshman season at Oregon.

The Ducks started the year 10-0, only to have Stanford come in and ruin the perfect season.

A young Mariota took the loss hard.

"I remember as a freshman coming into the locker room and just being upset,'' the Titans quarterback recalled on Wednesday. "I came back that next Monday, I was (mad) and upset and frustrated. I looked at some of the older guys who were there. I can still remember guys like Kenjon Barner and Dion Jordan who just said, 'You've got to move on to the next one. You're going to make one loss turn into two.'

"From that point on, I can remember those instances and it's kind of helped me through whatever happened the past week."

Fast-forward to today.

Mariota is preparing for the Detroit Lions.

While he's not happy about what happened in the season opener – a 25-16 loss to the Vikings -- he's not dwelling on it.

Mariota finished Sunday's game 25-of-41 passing for 271 yards and two touchdowns, with a passer rating of 86.5. Mariota also ran for 19 yards on four carries. But Mariota also threw a pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown in that game, and Mariota and running back DeMarco Murray botched a handoff exchange, and the Vikings picked up the loose ball and returned it for a score.

"As frustrating as the last loss was, we had to put it behind us and move forward,'' Mariota said. "I've always kind of had a 24-hour policy for myself. Win or lose, kind of a 24-hour policy just to move on to the next game."

Mariota has been good on the road in his NFL career.

In 2015, Mariota played on the road six times. In those games he completed 108 of 171 passes for 1,274 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception.

He plans for the Titans to bounce back Sunday against the Lions.

"I think these guys in the locker room—there's a lot of new faces, but a lot of these guys, too—they don't like losing," Mariota said. "For us, that's a culture that we want to build around here. It's something that will make us successful. For us, we just want to move on and get ready for the next one."

Titans players take the field for Wednesday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn, Amber Harding)

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