The trade -- or any potential deal for Mariota -- never got off the ground. Both teams seem happy with their choices, though it didn't stop Chargers coach Mike McCoy from heaving some pretty generous compliments ahead of Sunday's matchup.
"He's a very talented player and a great leader who really loves to play the game," McCoy said of Mariota, via ESPN.com. "After studying those type of players when you look at quarterbacks, that's the type of guy you want to lead your organization."
Mariota added that the San Diego scenario was a "quick deal," and that "when they asked me to work out, I did it. Any time you have a chance to work out for a team, it's an interview. We didn't know how certain things were going to unfold. I just wanted to make sure I did my best to present myself in the best way to any team."
At the moment, Mariota is on pace for 3,803 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with 442 rushing yards -- pretty darn close to Wilson's first season.