Ryan Tannehill was traded to the Titans before the start of the 2019 NFL Season. This was news for the Dolphins because this was them signifying they were going in to full tank mode. But, for the Titans, the team that received Tannehill, it wasn’t a big deal. They were going to still go with former second overall pick and fifth-year quarterback Marcus Mariota. Tannehill was traded because, in the 2012 NFL Draft, he was drafted number eight overall. The Dolphins passed on players such as Stephon Gilmore, and Luke Kuechly. He was supposed to be the franchise quarterback for decades to come. Tannehill never came close to expectations, as he never posted a 95+ passer rating in a season, or threw less than 10 interceptions in a season, aside from the 2018 season, where he only played 11 games.
Tannehill Leading Tennessee to the Playoffs?
Marcus Mariota started the first six games for the Titans. Posting a winning record of 2-4, a 91.7 passer rating, and an atrocious 59.1% completion percentage. Coach Mike Vrabel decided the quarterback position needed a change. He decided to start quarterback Ryan Tannehill from now on. The decision propelled the Titans to a 5-1 record, and Tannehill posting all-pro numbers. Through eight games, and six games started, Tannehill posted a 72.7% completion percentage. The best ever in his career. Also, 12 touchdowns, four interceptions, and both league-leading 9.1 yards per attempt, and an astounding 113.9 passer rating. This has propelled Tannehill to potentially his first pro-bowl, and the Titans to a playoff berth.
Is Ryan Tannehill the Quarterback of the Future?
Well, it’s hard to tell. Tannehill had three different head coaches in his time with Miami. But, what has been different in his time with coach Vrabel? Well, for starters, he actually has a good team now. Specifically, his running back. The Titans have the ninth-ranked rushing offense in the entire NFL.
Starting halfback Derrick Henry is having the best season of his career. He has posted 1,140 rushing yards, 1,340 yards from scrimmage, and a total of 13 touchdowns in only 12 games. He is certainly going to his first Pro-Bowl and possibly an All-Pro. What does this do for Tannehill? Well, it’s simple. When the defense is so afraid of a running back such as Derrick Henry, who averages almost five yards per carry, they play more aggressive at the line of scrimmage. They want to stop the run. So Vrabel, as a smart coach realizes this, and makes easy read passing plays for Tannehill to execute against a secondary prepared for the run. Is Ryan Tannehill the Titans starting quarterback for the long run? Possibly, but only Mike Vrabel gets to make that decision.
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