NFL Analyst On Titans: I Would Have Rolled The Dice On Brady

Marc Ross explains why the Titans will likely regret giving Ryan Tannehill a fat contract

Zach Gelb
April 03, 2020 - 10:03 am
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The Tennessee Titans signed Ryan Tannehill to a four-year, $118 million deal in March, which is a lot of money for a quarterback who hasn’t thrown for even 3,000 yards in a season since 2015.

Was this the right move for the Titans?

“Obviously they believed it was and they feel a little bit strongly about him,” NFL Network analyst Marc Ross said on The Zach Gelb Show. “But sometimes you do things with your heart instead of with your mind and with your eyes. Really, down the stretch, it was Derrick Henry.”

Henry was a one-man wrecking crew last season, literally carrying the Titans to the AFC Championship Game. Tannehill threw for just 160 yards combined in playoff wins over the Patriots and Ravens. 

Calling him a game manager in those wins, frankly, might be an insult to game managers.

“I was very skeptical of Tannehill being able to sustain this success,” Ross said. “I think in the long term, much like the Nick Foles contract where you paid him $100 million for a couple of games of high-level play as opposed to his entire career, to me, it felt very similar with Tannehill where you’re paying him for just a couple of games throughout the middle of the year as opposed to the total body of work of his career – and specifically down the stretch where he needed to make plays. In my view, he did not.”

If the Titans were going to gamble on a quarterback, Ross believes gambling on soon-to-be-43-year-old Tom Brady would have been a better bet.

“You’ll know who Ryan Tannehill is from the start of next season,” he said. “It won’t take long. The first couple games, he’ll reveal himself very quickly. Defenses will have the whole offseason to game-plan for him and say ‘Prove it.’ Tom Brady, we know who he is: the greatest quarterback of all time. He’s 43. Who knows how much he was kind of declining last year as well, but hey, he’s got enough left to at least win the Super Bowl this year, and you know he can do it. [He has] much more weapons this year. I would have rolled the dice [on Brady]. If I had to get myself into one, I’m going with the guy that’s won six Super Bowls and has proven that he’s going to get you in the playoffs every year and you’re going to be right at the AFC Championship Game. That was the route I would have gone.”