Don't agree with this, if we're getting a coach that's actually going to utilize Mariota's ability that means we're getting a coach that will utilize Cam's ability. If that's the case we need to build around Cam who has already proven he can be an elite weapon in this league. Get him a LT, or a top flight WR/TE to use. My absolute pipe dream is Sumlin as HC, adding Nicks in FA, getting Matthews/Lewan in the first, and then Austin Seferian-Jenkins falls to us in the second. Honestly I wouldn't be totally against going WR in third in this scenario if Kasen Williams or Josh Huff are there. That would be some nasty pieces to help Cam and this offense....
Technically, Cam and Marcus are the same guy in terms of skills. Yet I don't want a coach coming in thinking he can use a QB's running ability as a main weapon. That works in college, but this is the big leagues right here. Every time I hear someone saying they want a coach who is going to use Cam's abilities, I always think those "abilities" are strictly his running ability. I don't want a coach wanting Cam to use his running ability as a main weapon. We already tried that to some degree last year with the read options. So why do I want Mariota if he and Cam are technically the same guy?
There's a bias in the NFL. That if you are a black QB, it's standard belief that he can run and that must be taken into account in the offensive playcalling. Especially if he can actually run. So Cam can run, he's athletic. Yet we've seen he can throw the ball as well, but because of the bias, how much time does he actually spend on furthering his throwing ability and his pocket awareness? It looks like he's regressing, and now we are talking about letting him run more so he can be comfortable. We're talking about bringing in a coach, to make his running ability a main focus in the offense. I don't like that kind of talk at all, considering every defensive player is just as fast if not faster than Cam. This ain't college.
Mariota can run, but as we can see, he's not black. So the bias won't apply to him, even though he can run and is the same QB Cam is. He would come in, and coaches would look to improve his ability to throw, and see his running ability as a trump card. How do I know this? Andrew Luck can run (and tackle), but nobody talks about that. Alex Smith can run, but nobody looks to work that into the Chiefs offense. It's a pathetic bias, it's a pathetic thing, but it's true for now. Finally, even though Cam and Mariota are the same in terms of talent, there's a better chance Mariota will develop into a top QB. (Now if we brought in David Shaw, there's no question he would turn Cam into the best QB in the league. He would turn him into an expert passer, and not just a runner)