At one point during training camp, Raiders coach Jon Gruden called quarterback Marcus Mariota a “dazzling playmaker.” His immediate future is suddenly not so bright.
Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com explains that Mariota did not become the potential alternative to Derek Carr that the one-year investment of $ 7.5 million would suggest. As Tafur explains, the competition (if there ever was one) quickly became “without competition”.
Coincidentally, or not, Carr praised the player who clearly won’t be a threat to take Carr’s starting spot.
“He’s doing a fantastic job,” Carr said recently, via Tafur. “Marcus is a great guy, he’s a smart football player. He did a great job, but as soon as I get a chance in a meeting, if he asks a question and it might not be the answer he’s looking for, I’ll send him a text and I’ll try to help her.
Of course, it’s possible that the Raiders signed Mariota and gave her $ 7.5million in the hopes that he would step up or have her presence inspire Carr to do so. So even if Mariota didn’t work out, the Raiders might not regret the move, if he helped Carr finally take on a challenge, thickening his skin and becoming the guy coach John Gruden wanted him to be. ‘it be for two seasons. and cash.
Either way, Mariota won’t do to Carr what Ryan Tannehill did to Mariota a year ago.