Fletcher: Tannehill Playing Like One Of Best QBs In NFL

Ryan Tannehill could lead the Titans to their first AFC South title since 2008

The DA Show
December 13, 2019 - 11:43 am

Ryan Tannehill spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Miami Dolphins and, quite frankly, didn’t do a whole lot. Sure, there were bright spots: He had two 4,000-yard seasons, and he threw for 24+ touchdowns three times. But he also had double-digit interceptions in his first five seasons as a pro and never played in the postseason.

In Tennessee, however, it’s been a different story. Tannehill is 6-1 as a starter and has the Titans in the mix for an AFC South title.

Did anybody see this coming?

“No, not at all,” London Fletcher said on The DA Show. “He’s kind of an under-the-radar (acquisition) by the Titans in their offseason. Nobody expected him to do much. Most people thought this would be a breakout year for Marcus Mariota.”

That didn’t happen. The Titans began the season 2-4 with Mariota as starter. Then they made the switch to Tannehill, and it’s been mostly smooth sailing ever since.

Tannehill has completed 73.4 percent of his passes for 1,993 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games this season. He also has a league-leading 118.5 passer rating.

“When the Titans made the switch to Tannehill, we’ve seen that offense take off and start to put up some really good numbers,” Fletcher said. “Tannehill is one of the top quarterbacks in the league since he’s taken over, and that doesn’t even sound right.”

The Titans host the Texans (8-5) this Sunday at 1 p.m. It’s been an odd month for Houston, which lost to Baltimore 41-7, beat the Patriots 28-22, and lost to the Broncos at home 38-24.

“I was extremely surprised when I saw the score of that Broncos/Texans game,” Fletcher said. “They were down 31-3 at halftime. They had three turnovers, and that really hurt them. For some reason or another, they just didn’t play up to the level that they played when they played the Patriots the week before. Maybe they (underestimated) the Broncos, but they found out the hard way that nobody lays down for you in the National Football League.”