Kelly, who was fired by the Eagles on Tuesday after two-plus seasons with the team, recruited Mariota to play at the University of Oregon.
“It’s unfortunate [about] Coach Kelly and his situation,” Mariota said. “But I am sure whatever team he ends up going to he’ll have success.”
Mariota disclosed that he and his former coach have not spoken since Kelly’s firing.
“I think he’s proven [he can be a winner] the first two years,” Mariota continued. “I think this past year was tough, he probably didn’t have the season that he wanted. But to win 10 games his first two years says a lot about what he’s able to do and says a lot about his coaching.”
Mariota will miss the Titans’ season finale against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday with a knee injury. It will mark the fourth game this season the rookie and former Heisman Trophy winner has been sidelined by injury.