Yesterday afternoon the Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars by a final score of 42-20. The Titans offense was able to stream-roll over the once vaunted Jags defense by totaling 471 yards of total offense.
Running back Derrick Henry paced the Titans once again with 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns, but the biggest takeaway from the game was the quarterback play. And no, I am not talking about the Jaguars BIG offseason acquisition Nick Foles, I am talking about little old Ryan Tannehill.
Yesterday, the former Miami Dolphins’ first-round pick was 14-18, throwing for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns, while adding another 2 touchdowns on the ground. But most importantly, Tannehill led the Titans to another win. The victory brought Tannehill’s record to 4-1 since he replaced Marcus Mariota as the Titans starting quarterback in week 7.
Is there a world where Tannehill keeps this up and The Titans bring him back to be their starter next season? Definitely. I already mentioned how he is 4-1 as their quarterback, but Tannehill also posts the best QB rating in the league in that same time.
I’m happy for Ryan Tannehill and the success he has found in Tennessee, where he is 4-1 as a starter. He also has the NFL’s highest QB rating as a starter this season:
Ryan Tannehill 114.9
Kirk Cousins 114.8
Russell Wilson 112.1
Patrick Mahomes 110.0
Drew Brees 106.6
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) November 25, 2019
Pretty good list, huh?
Anyway, if Tannehill keeps winning, there is no reason for the Titans not to re-sign him to a deal. If they believe he can do it, why not? He has been super efficient this season (72% completion rate, 9.2 yards per attempt), and he wouldn’t need to be paid all that much compared to other quarterbacks. He isn’t a Mahomes or Rodgers; not all of the 32 teams will be clamoring to pick up his services. Besides, the Titans offense runs through Derrick Henry. They do not need to have a guy like Mahomes if their philosophy as a team is to run the football and pass 18 times a game like yesterday.
Tannehill has not lived up to his expectations as a first-round quarterback, but he was also coached by Adam Gase (who we have all discovered to be the worst). Tannehill has also dealt with various injuries throughout his career. I know that shouldn’t be a big excuse for him considering he has still started a lot of games, but maybe he has finally figured it out. I am not saying he has, but he looks pretty damn good right now, and the Titans have to be thinking the same exact thing.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)