QB Zach Mettenberger - Free Agent
|6-5, 224||Born: 7-16-1991||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2014|
2015 Week 6 vs MIA (5 / 8 / 63 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Mettenberger came in for the final drive of the game when the Dolphins were playing prevent coverage. He was able to move the ball downfield but could show off little considering the circumstances.
2015 Week 7 vs ATL (22 / 35 / 187 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mettenberger opened this game by highlighting his atrocious accuracy. He repeatedly missed open receivers downfield before eventually connecting with Kendall Wright for a 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter. That was Mettenberger's only accurate throw downfield during the first half, a first half he ended with an interception to linebacker Paul Worrilow. Mettenberger's process in the pocket was extremely slow, meaning he was hit as he released the ball. If the Titans were hoping to showcase Mettenberger for a potential trade, this game wasn't the one to do it. The quarterback consistently struggled with his accuracy to all levels while not showing off an ability to read through his progressions accurately or at speed. Mettenberger has a big arm, but even that is negated by his bad deep accuracy.
2015 Week 8 vs HOU (22 / 31 / 171 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was another game in a string of games that highlight how limited Zach Mettenberger is as a quarterback. His extremely slow process in the pocket led to constant pressure and too many sacks, while his accuracy and decision making limited the offense while giving the defense too many opportunities to catch the ball. On the very first drive of the game, he threw the ball straight to a Texans defender who failed to hold onto the catch. He kept the ball out of danger until early in the fourth quarter, though he did it by handicapping his offense to the point it was dysfunctional. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, he badly missed Dorial Green-Beckham downfield for the interception on one play before losing a fumble when he took over again on the very next drive. Any talk of Mettenberger being a trade chip or taking over for Mariota should be quieted.
2015 Week 15 vs NE (20 / 28 / 242 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Zach Mettenberger came in during the second quarter after Mariota was hurt. He initially did well to get a screen pass off under pressure before finding Dorial Green-Beckham downfield with an accurate pass for 21 yards. In the third quarter, Mettenberger came out throwing. He threw a pass to a covered Dorial Green-Beckham downfield. It wasn't a perfect throw, but the receiver adjusted at the catch point. He then capped off the drive with a quick throw to Delanie Walker for a touchdown over the middle of the field. After that touchdown, Mettenberger threw a bad interception in the third quarter that was negated by defensive holding away from the play. He was fortunate to avoid that turnover and just a few plays later he was fortunate to avoid another when he threw the ball directly to a safety over the middle of the field. The turnover would eventually come. Early on during the fourth quarter, he badly underthrew Harry Douglas down the right sideline so the ball arrived in the hands of Malcolm Butler. Mettenberger responded with a touchdown, but it was mostly a result of Delanie Walker's work. Walker caught a short curl route before breaking tackles and running downfield. Mettenberger tried to orchestrate a touchdown drive after that one to put the Titans back in contention during the fourth quarter, but he missed Walker downfield and his pass was intercepted by Jamie Collins.
2015 Week 16 vs HOU (27 / 51 / 234 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was a rough first half for Zach Mettenberger. His accuracy was predictably all over the place while his process in the pocket looked especially slow considering the speed of the player he was replacing. He nearly capped off the first half with an interception as he threw the ball straight to a defensive back over the middle of the field late in the second quarter. Mettenberger was just as bad in the second half, his low point came at the goal line when he looked directly at an open receiver but was too slow to make his decision, allowing J.J. Watt to knock the ball free for the fumble.
2015 Week 17 vs IND (5 / 13 / 38 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 1 rush)
Zach Mettenberger was his usual inaccurate and sloth-like self in this game before being pulled for Alex Tanney. Mettenberger was apparently injured, but his play was worthy of being benched either way. He did run for a five-yard touchdown when the Titans caught the Colts off guard. They spread the field close to the goal line and called a designed quarterback run so Mettenberger was able to walk into the endzone untouched. He left the game in the third quarter after being intercepted. His pass was tipped underneath before being caught in the flat, but his slow process gave the defense that opportunity to tip the ball.
2014 Week 4 vs IND (2 / 5 / 17 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mettenberger came in during the fourth quarter when the game had been decided. He missed his first throw badly down the seam to Nate Washington, but followed it up with a perfectly placed ball to Justin Hunter on a deep curl route. In his regular season debut, Mettenberger's lack of accuracy showed up. He followed up that lone accurate throw to Hunter with a missed throw on third down before throwing a bad interception on the following drive.
2014 Week 8 vs HOU (27 / 41 / 299 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Mettenberger wasn't an improvement over Charlie Whitehurst. That is a condemning statement for any quarterback. His accuracy and decision-making in the first half wasn't as he continually placed the ball poorly on shorter throws and overthrew his receivers deep down the field. Mettenberger could have been intercepted more than once before he eventually was late in the second quarter. Throughout this game, Mettenberger showed off his arm strength by missing deep opportunities down the field. His most impressive play came in the third quarter when he stepped up in the pocket and found a wide open Kendall Wright down the field.
2014 Week 10 vs BAL (16 / 27 / 179 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mettenberger's very first pass of the game should have been intercepted, as he threw the ball straight to C.J. Mosley. Mettenberger could have been picked off a couple of times, but he wasn't until late in the fourth quarter when he threw the ball straight to a defender after turning away from his first read. After taking over for Charlie Whitehurst and Jake Locker, two quarterbacks who performed poorly, Mettenberger has given the Titans worse quarterback play. He is preventing what could be a decent offense from being effective.
2014 Week 11 vs PIT (15 / 24 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mettenberger opened the game with a pick six when he threw an out route to Justin Hunter too far infield. His intended receiver slipped, but the pass was never on target. Mettenberger had a very inconsistent first half. He finished it with a huge touchdown pass to Nate Washington when his veteran receiver was wide open on a double move route. Mettenberger added another touchdown in the third quarter, when he was able to loft the ball to Chase Coffman in the endzone. Notably the Steelers only rushed two players, giving Mettenberger as much time as he wanted to throw the ball. It was a theme of the night as the Steelers couldn't get near the quarterback in the pocket. Mettenberger's ball placement was spotty and he didn't handle pressure well on a number of occasions. On the whole, he was effective in very beneficial surroundings.
2014 Week 12 vs PHI (20 / 39 / 345 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Mettenberger made a bad start to his Monday night performance and followed it up with a bad start to this game. He didn't throw a pick six, but he was sacked on multiple occasions and appeared to be locking into his first read too much. At the start of the second quarter, the rookie quarterback found Justin Hunter for a long touchdown. However, he was fortunate not to be intercepted on the throw as the ball was tipped into Hunter's hands when he underthrew the ball over the middle of the field. Mettenberger did connect with one big play to Delanie Walker down the field, but his sloth like movement in the pocket and his lack of accuracy was a recurring issue throughout the game. Once the Eagles pulled so far ahead that the game was decided, Mettenberger was able to pad his stats.
2014 Week 13 vs HOU (13 / 19 / 184 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Mettenberger's first pass was intercepted as he appeared to overthrew Justin Hunter on a post route. Hunter wasn't confident coming out of the break of his route because a safety was coming at him while the ball floated to the cornerback down the field. During the first half, Mettenberger's accuracy and lack of speed in the pocket was limiting the offense. On a key Third-and-17 play late in the second quarter, with the score at 17-0, Mettenberger missed a wide open Nate Washington for what would have been a first down. Moments later, Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a huge touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins for a score that essentially ended the game as a contest. At the very end of the second quarter, Mettenberger missed a wide receiver down the middle of the field and the ball went straight to a defender. He was fortunate not to be intercepted in Titans territory. After struggling through the first half, Mettenberger started the third quarter strongly with two impressive downfield throws to Derek Hagan and one to Kendall Wright. The one to Kendall Wright went for a long touchdown reception as he fit the ball between two defenders down the seam. On the following drive, Mettenberger was injured by J.J. Watt and left the field for Jake Locker.
2014 Week 14 vs NYG (14 / 24 / 125 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Mettenberger started this game out very poorly. He initially threw an incomplete pass to the flat with no receiver in the area, before taking multiple sacks to end consecutive drives because of how slow he moves in the pocket. That proved to be a theme of the day, as Mettenberger's long, thin body, slow feet and lack of poise in the pocket led to a lot of punishment. Mettenberger failed to consistently throw with accuracy when he did get rid of the ball and his play ultimately led to a bad interception in the flat that was returned for a touchdown. The touchdown was negated by penalty, but the interception stood. Mettenberger left the game after the interception because of a shoulder injury.