The 25-year-old believes the deep threat offered by their wide receivers such as Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe is helping the Titans this season.
“It definitely helps,” Mariota said.
“When you’re able to have that threat, I think defences have to keep on us, and not really just hang on everything and play tight on all of our routes underneath.”
For several seasons the Titans have relied on short passes for modest gains and as a result have seen defences have condensed the field because they haven’t respected Tennessee’s deep passing game.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel also feels establishing the threat of the deep pass is important for the team going forward.
“We have to do more of that, just to keep teams from sitting on you and bodying up at the top of the route,” Vrabel said.
“It was good to see Taywan be able to stretch the defence and go make a play, to be able to hit two of those to change field position and momentum.
“Certainly, we would like to have as many of those every week as we could.”
The Titans, who go into the NFL Week 14 game 6-6, are still in the hunt for a playoff place and will be looking to make the most of home field advantage against the Jaguars.
Mariota believes his offensive line are they unsung heroes and will be essential if Tennessee are to be victorious in this AFC South rivalry.
“They’re huge,” Mariota said regarding the Titans offensive line.
“To give us the time to be able to do that is so important.
“Those guys, they don’t get a whole lot of credit for what they do, but they are definitely the focal point of this offence.”