We still have two football games left in the 2014 NFL season, but you could be forgiven for looking towards the future. After all a 3-11 team doesn't offer much entertainment value towards the end of December.
Marcus Mariota took in his first trip to New York this weekend to collect his Heisman trophy award and was asked about how he'd feel if he were playing in New York fulltime next year with the Jets:
"That would be wild," Mariota said. "A dream come true."
"If the Jets like me and it happens that they take me, I'll be the best Jet I can be and play my heart out for them," the star Oregon quarterback said Friday night. "I'll do whatever it takes to win games. I would love to play for them."
I wouldn't expect him to say anything less. He's not Eli Manning, he won't try and broker the move he wants. However he also mentioned that he has yet to decide whether he will enter the 2015 NFL draft or whether he'll head back to school for the senior year:
"It'll be based on what the family needs and what best fits us. My decision is based on my parents and my brother. I don't listen to anyone else."
"You can always get better," Mariota said. "If I were to go back to school, it would just be another opportunity to get better."
The common and accepted opinion is that Marcus will be heading to the NFL. He's widely considered to be the best QB in the draft and he's almost guaranteed to be a top 5 selection and likely the #1 overall selection if the evaluation holds up to the original scouting report on him. However it really wouldn't surprise me if he threw everyone a curveball and returned to school. He obviously loves it in Oregon and has the respect of absolutely everyone surrounding that program. It would be risky, but I wouldn't be all that surprised.