Now we know which offenses and quarterbacks coach Ken Whisenhunt is emulating as he veers from a more rigid system that has served him well for the past decade.
Philadelphia and Miami feature uptempo shotgun-heavy, run-action spread offenses similar to Oregon's. For the bulk of Andy Dalton's career, Cincinnati's offense has utilized many of the same concepts he ran in TCU's spread attack.
"There isn't enough evidence one way or the other to say these guys are at a major disadvantage," Webster told Pompei. "This hasn't been going on that long. I think it depends more on the skill of the player than the offense they come from. Coaching stability in the NFL is a part of it, too."
"We'll have to come up with how often, when, and in what situations to let him run the ball," quarterbacks coach John McNulty said. "The Seahawks have a good feel for when to hit those plays. ... We're looking at how they handle it, how they've had success and managed to keep Russell healthy."
The Titans believe Mariota has similar instincts. In fact, western regional scouts Marv Sunderland and Phil Neri reached the same independent conclusion that Mariota was worthy of a grade commensurate with the best player in the draft.
With that lofty appraisal and an offense custom-made to highlight his strengths and conceal his weaknesses, it will be at least a mild disappointment if Mariota doesn't find himself in the mix for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.