Titans QB Marcus Mariota Anxious to Return to Action vs. Chargers


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marcus Mariota is ready for a business trip to London to face the Chargers.

And following a two-game losing streak, the Titans quarterback can hardly wait to play again.

"Very anxious," Mariota said after practice on Wednesday. "I think when you've had a couple of bad weeks, you just want to get back on the field and kind of flush it. We are definitely anxious."

The Titans were held to just seven first downs and 106 yards of offense against the Ravens. Mariota completed 10-of-15 passes for 117 yards in the game, and was sacked 11 times.

The team hasn't scored a touchdown in the past two games, losses to the Bills and Ravens.

Mariota said he's confident the team will get things fixed.

"Very confident," he said. "When it comes down to it, I think the mistakes, the lack of execution, those things are correctable. For us, if we can just go out there and focus on being efficient, on every little detail, that I think in itself will help us and hopefully lead to more points.

"When you are not scoring touchdowns especially the last couple of weeks, there is a sense of frustration. But at the same time it is good because it is kind of pushing the envelope, creating a sense of urgency. You don't want guys to be walking around complacent, especially when you haven't done a lot on offense. And it's allowed us to practice with a little more intensity, and has created an atmosphere where you want to get better and that's good."

On Sunday, the Titans will face a Chargers team ranked 13th overall in total defense.

The Chargers have 16 sacks in six games this season.

After allowing 11 sacks against the Ravens, Mariota expects the Chargers to test the Titans with blitzing.

"The blueprint is out there," Mariota said. "It's how are we going to be able to manage that and correct it so that lack of execution doesn't happen again.

"It starts on first and second down. If we can be efficient, create third and manageable (situations), you are not getting into all these exotic pressures. I think that will definitely help."

The Tennessee Titans take the field for practice on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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