2) Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Tennessee Titans
3-9 record, 62.2 completion percentage, 2818 yards, 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions
Marcus Mariota performed better than anticipated in his first season.
To put things in perspective, Mariota was viewed as a raw quarterback needing to adapt to the pro system and it wasn’t clear how long that would take. To make things worse, his head coach was fired midway into the season, making his 2015 a murky, adverse situation.
Credit to Mariota for literally thriving in that environment. There are not many quarterbacks who would be able to perform as well as Mariota did with head coach changes and a sharp learning curve.
It’s tough to admit, but Mariota really is a quality quarterback and will make the Tennessee Titans a better team. He had some truly impressive performances, including two games with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. It’s tough for even the best quarterbacks in the NFL to turn in performances like that and Mariota did it twice.
On a truly bad team, Mariota was one of the few bright spots. He and Blake Bortles should have a thriving rivalry in the coming decade.
The Titans certainly found their man and he deserves to be regarded as one of the best in the division right now.
Next: Blake Bortles reigns supreme