Titans coach Mike Vrabel announced on Wednesday that Tannehill will be the starter for Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
Tannehill replaced Mariota in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Broncos, an eventual 16-0 loss. It was Tannehill’s first action since the Titans traded for the former Dolphins starter back in March.
Mariota completed 7-of-18 passes for 63 yards and two interceptions and a 9.5 rating against the Broncos before being replaced with 4:49 in the third quarter. On the season, Mariota has completed 94-of-159 passes for 1,179 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions, with a 91.7 rating. He’s been sacked 25 times in six games, however, and the team has been held to a touchdown or less in three of its first six games.
In making the decision, Vrabel said the team wanted to “get a little spark.”
“I am very confident, after having talked to Marcus and watching him prepare already today that if called upon, at some point and time, we expect him to be ready to go,” Vrabel said. “It is not an easy thing for any player. I would say it is not an easy thing for a coach that cares about his players … to make that decision.
“But we felt like this was the right thing for the team right now.”