Titans QB Marcus Mariota suffered the above hit at the hands of Dolphins LB Oliver Vernon in Miami’s 38-10 victory earlier today, and the Tennessean’s Jason Wolf provides the protests from the aggrieved parties :
“I think it was BS,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said about the low hit on Mariota. “I think it should be taken out of the game. That’s not the way you play football. I think it was done with the idea of trying to hurt our quarterback, and that’s (BS) football.”
“That’s (expletive) (BS) to do that to a player, to do that to a guy’s career,” Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said about Vernon’s hit on Mariota. “That was my guy, I blocked him and Marcus threw the ball, and I saw Marcus throw the ball, and that guy jumped in his legs.”
Vernon was flagged for roughing the passer on the play and received a second personal foul for a hit on Mariota later in the game. After the final whistle, he was contrite.
“He came up to me after the game and apologized,” Mariota said, “so I don’t think it was malicious at all.”