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The Film Room: Breaking down the negatives of Marcus Mariota's rookie season

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Marcus Mariota threw ten interceptions in his rookie season in his 12 regular season games as he missed time due to a sprained MCL. As a follow-up to my previous video breakdown looking at the positives of Marcus Mariota's rookie season, in this video breakdown I took a look at these plays and charted them to form the general trends to see how he can improve in the future.

Interceptions by Distance

First, we will take a look at his interceptions by distance. Note: This chart is created by tracking the distance from the line of scrimmage to the actual interception location and should relate directly to the following table.

Deep (16+ yards)
6
Medium (6-15 yards)
1
Short (0-5 yards)
3

Interception Location

The next table breaks down more accurately where the ball was thrown using the same yardage designations as above.

Deep Left
Deep Middle Deep Right
4
0 2
Medium Left
Medium Middle Medium Right
0
0 1
Short Left
Short Middle Short Right
0
1 2

Interceptions by Quarter

The following table breaks down his interceptions by quarter.

1st
0
2nd
3
3rd
3
4th
4
OT
0

Interceptions by Receiver

Here are the intended recipients of his passes that were intercepted during the 2015 season. Note: This does not designate fault.

Kendall Wright
4
Delanie Walker
2
Dorial Green-Beckham
2
Anthony Fasano
1
Dexter McCluster
1

Interceptions by Route

The next table breaks down the interceptions by route thrown. Similar routes were combined together based on the distance and type of pass.

Seam
3
Out/Flat/Quick-Out
2
Go/Deep Fade
1
Hitch/Comeback
1
In
1
Post/Corner
1
Slant/Quick-in
1
Post/Corner
1

My Three Takeaways

  1. Five of Mariota's ten interceptions were his fault.
  2. Mariota forced the ball downfield way too frequently.
  3. The Titans used read-option to help open holes for the rookie in their defense very reminiscent of how Oregon used him in college.

Like I said my previous breakdown on his positives, Mariota tends to force the ball downfield as opposed to taking what the defense gives him. Sometimes it worked, but way too frequently was a ball heaved into a precarious position where it could be intercepted. Overall, I do see Mariota correcting a lot of these mistakes with more repetitions in the NFL as long as he stays healthy.