Keith: Not 100% Sure What Tannehill Wants To Do Next Year

Ryan Tannehill will likely return to Tennessee next season, but it's far from certain

The DA Show
January 07, 2020 - 11:18 am

Ryan Tannehill didn’t have a very good game against the Patriots this past weekend, at least not statistically. He finished 8-of-15 for 72 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But he made several key throws and had timely third-down conversions in Tennessee’s 20-13 win.

What exactly has Tannehill meant to the Titans this season?

“He’s provided playmaking ability to get the ball to receivers on time,” Titans play-by-play Mike Keith said on The DA Show. “He has done a great job allowing run-after-the-catch because of where his ball placement has been, and also he has been really good in terms of his poise with third-down throws and fourth-quarter throws. At the most important moments in ball games, this guy has come through. I know that was his first playoff game, but I also know that he’s 31 years old – so the stage wasn’t going to be too big for him.”

The Titans will face the Ravens (14-2) in Baltimore this Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Ravens have won 12 straight games.

“He only thew 15 times, and I have a feeling he’ll throw 15 times in the first half at Baltimore,” Keith said of Tannehill. “He can do the whole thing trying to run-and-gun it if you need him to, and then the other thing he does well that he doesn’t get any credit for is he’s great at the line of scrimmage. He is great checking to the right side for a run, changing the play – that is an undersold factor in his game and in Arthur Smith’s offense in the second half of the year.”

Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in 2012, figures to get a substantial raise this offseason. Is it safe to assume that raise will come from Tennessee?

“It makes sense,” Keith said. “I don’t want to put words in Jon Robinson’s mouth. The other part is you’re not 100 percent sure what Tannehill wants. The Titans have options, but Tannehill would have options. He could be franchised. That’s another option for the team.”

Either way, the safe money is on Tannehill remaining in Tennessee.

“I’ll say this: it’s pretty clear he likes Nashville,” Keith said. “He likes Arthur Smith, his wife and kids seem to like it here – everything fits together with him being here. But you’ve got to put the puzzle together, and the Titans have a few puzzle pieces that they have to put together in the offseason, including with Derrick Henry. Now this is a ball club that has a very solid amount of salary-cap room going forward, but I don’t think you necessarily say it’s for sure. It certainly looks likely, however.”