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Ken Whisenhunt not looking for any big change from Marcus Mariota

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marcus Mariota should have done better on the play where he threw an interception, but got absolution from his coach for a fumble in his preseason debut Friday night.

The Titans lost 34-24 in Atlanta.

Mariota’s interception to Falcons linebacker Justin Durant on a screen pass intended for running back Bishop Sankey was a bit of a miscommunication, coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

“Bishop saw one thing and sat down, and Marcus threw it there,” Whisenhunt said. “You’d like for him to have a little better feel for it on that play, about where those guys are.”

Later Mariota lost a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Paul Worrilow and returned for a 14-yard touchdown.

Whisenhunt said a defender touched the ball as Mariota cocked his arm to throw it. I just looked at the replay and it’s clear Jonathan Babineaux did just that.

“The second (turnover) wasn’t his fault, the fumble wasn’t his,” Whisenhunt said of Mariota. “He was 8 yards from the line, which is good, in the pocket and going to his (third) read (in Anthony Fasano).”

Mariota has been quick to recover and learn from mistakes, so odds are in similar situations in the future he will have small adjustments in place that will allow him to adjust better.

Whisenhunt indicated he’s not looking for any major changes going forward.

“He wasn’t fazed,” he said. “I could tell he was frustrated that it happened because it was really important to him that he play well. But I would say what I hope to see from Marcus is more of the same, that he continues to grow in that position. He really did a nice job after that.”