Titans Analyst: Tannehill "Has Done Everything Right"

The Dolphins traded Tannehill "for a bag of potato chips," Rhett Bryan says, and he's making the most of his second chance

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 11, 2019 - 9:06 am
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The Tennessee Titans began the season 2-4 with Marcus Mariota as their starting quarterback. Then Mariota was benched for Ryan Tannehill, who is 6-1 as a starter.

What changed?

“It’s not just one thing; it’s a combination of things,” Titans Radio Network host Rhett Bryan said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think it started with the spark. Anytime there’s a quarterback change, they’re looking to spark something offensively, and it happened in the middle of a Denver game in Week 6 where the Titans got shut out at Mile High. Marcus had played so poorly at that point that they had to make a change.”

Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in 2015, finished 7-of-18 for 63 yards and two interceptions that day. Tannehill relieved him and went 13-of-16 for 144 yards.

It’s been mostly smooth sailing ever since.

Of course, it helps that the offensive line is finally a cohesive unit (Taylor Lewan was suspended for the first four games of 2019). It also helps that Derrick Henry has rushed for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in Tennessee’s last four games.

“Between those things and Ryan Tannehill’s efficiency, it’s really kind of all working together,” Bryan said. “I think it’s also Ryan Tannehill making the best out of his second-chance opportunity. Don’t forget: he was traded here basically for a bag of potato chips from the Miami Dolphins. They paid part of his salary to get rid of him. He has just done everything in the world right that you can.”

Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in 2012, 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.

“It’s unbelievable,” Bryan said.  “I don’t think he ever did anything like that in Miami, but I also don’t think he ever had an offensive line like he does, a back like he does in Henry, and he’s got some receivers – like the rookie A.J. Brown out of Ole Miss, who is a can’t-miss prospect.”

Brown, a second-round pick, had five catches for 153 yards and two scores in Tennessee’s 42-21 win over the Raiders this past Sunday. 

The Titans (8-5) host the Texans (8-5) in a pivotal AFC South showdown this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.