Coach Ken Whisenhunt attempted to address the issue this week.
"The league does a good job trying to protect quarterbacks, but any time a quarterback takes off with the ball there's a risk," Whisenhunt told the Tennessean. "Then again, anytime anyone has the ball there's a risk, so I don't think you can get too caught up in it. You just have to be smart. Obviously you don't want him having 30 carries a game because then you really increase that risk."
In college, Mariota had the protection of a system that gave him many comfortable options. He was also faster than almost anyone on the field. It's safe to say that Whisenhunt won't be recreating Chip Kelly's offense in Nashville, which presents a bit of a problem.
However, in order to get the most out of Mariota, he needs to turn him loose and hope for the best.
"There will be (designed) opportunities, but there will also be a lot of opportunities, just like with Russell Wilson, when the play breaks down and he runs with the ball and extends the play," Whisenhunt said.
It's an interesting comparison, though one that makes a lot of sense so long as Whisenhunt has a similar amount of confidence in Wilson's arm. At the moment, Seattle's offense seems like the only one perfectly suited to handle the rigors of being a mobile passer.