Titans QB Mariota Wants to Prove 4-INT Game Was a "Fluke"



NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** In his last outing, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota did something he'd never done before, and something he hopes he'll never do again.

Six days later, Mariota's four-interception game in Pittsburgh remains a sore subject.

And it's turned into a source of motivation for Mariota.

"I would say I am anxious (to play again)," Mariota said after practice on Wednesday. "I think the competitor in me wants to prove that it was a fluke, and that I am better than that. Obviously you can learn from it, and make smarter decisions with the football.

"But I am ready to get back out there."

Mariota threw a career-high four interceptions in the team's 40-17 loss to the Steelers last Thursday. He completed 22-of-33 passes in the contest for 306 yards, along with a 75-yard touchdown pass to receiver Rishard Matthews.

As for the interceptions, Mariota said it was a combination of a few things.

"Really what it comes down to, if I can be smarter with the football," Mariota said. "I think every quarterback, when they are sitting back there, thinks they can make every throw and sometimes it is better to take off and maybe get a few yards, or even get a sack. Those are things I'll learn, and I'll continue to get better."

Asked about rookie receiver Corey Davis taking ownership of two of the interceptions, Mariota said he wasn't going to let himself off the hook.

"He doesn't need to say all of that," Mariota said of Davis. "When it comes down to it, I'm the guy that's throwing it, I've just got to make better decisions with the football. Nothing's going to change, we're going to find ways to get him the football. He's a special talent and somebody that can make a difference for us."

On Sunday, the Titans face the Colts.

Mariota threw for 306 yards with a touchdown for a 99.2 rating in the team's 36-22 win over the Colts on October 16. It was his first game back after suffering a hamstring injury on October 1 at Houston.

Mariota said he feels better physically compared to the first meeting against the Colts.

He's planning for the Titans to bounce back.

"I thought we were good on third down, and we were able to move the football," Mariota said of the first meeting against the Colts. "Hopefully we'll be able to continue that. Obviously we'd like to be better in the red zone. I think we kicked four or five field goals down there, but overall we were able to move the ball efficiently and hopefully we can finish those drives.

"It's a huge game, a division opponent on the road, and we need to win this one.

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

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