The New York Jets hit the road to face the Tennessee Titans as head coach Todd Bowles knows the challenge that awaits going up against quarterback Marcus Mariota.
With just five games left on the schedule, the New York Jets are another loss away from being eliminated from playoff contention. Not that they’d even stand a chance if they were to earn a Wild Card berth or anything but all they can play for is pride at this point of the season.
Week 13 brings the Jets to a road game against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans, 5-6 so far this season, have been a competitive team and will likely end their two-game losing streak against the Jets. As long as Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is under center, they have a huge advantage over the Jets due to everything he brings to the table.
Even head coach Todd Bowles know that it won’t be easy for his defense going up against Mariota. Not only is he dangerous with his arm but brings a whole different element on offense due to his ability to make big plays on the ground.
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Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said on what kind of challenge Mariota’s scrambling poses:
It’s a big challenge because he can really run the football. When you concentrate on that, he can really throw the football. So, the mobility as far as blitzing him and not blitzing him and covering the wideouts they have and trying to deal with the running backs and the tight ends with a huge offensive line is tough. I think they have a good system and he is working it to perfection right now.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s hard to have confidence in the Jets defense getting the job done against Mariota. This is the same defense that often times looks lost and confused on the gridiron. Whether it’s due to a lack of talent on the roster or terrible playcalling by the coaching staff, the Jets defense will likely have many issues trying to contain Mariota all game long.
Hopefully, the Jets can play competitive football and try to end their current five-game losing streak. It will all depend on if they can contain Mariota and prevent him from getting into any kind of rhythm. If they don’t, well, expect another long game with the Jets likely leaving the Volunteer State on the losing end of the spectrum.