Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill is the right man to lead the Tennessee Titans

  • 2020 Free Agency
  • Jon Robinson
  • Ryan Tannehill
  • Tennessee Titans
By Tyler Kuppler March 16, 2020 0 Comment
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The Tennessee Titans extended quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a lucrative contract, but without jeopardizing the team’s future.

The Tennessee Titans magical playoff run started in week seven. The six weeks prior, had seen the Titans offense plummet to franchise lows, culminating in a 16 to zip shutout in Denver. Mike Vrabel decided to pull the plug on starting quarterback Marcus Mariota in the 3rd quarter for former Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The offense needed a change, Tannehill turned out to be exactly what the Titans offense required. Ultimately turning the offense around, alongside running back Derrick Henry, saw the Titans offense reach a level that hadn’t been seen in Nashville. At least not since the 2003 season.

Ryan Tannehill would end up having the season of his career in 2019, setting high watermarks in completion percentage, touchdown percentage, yards per attempt, quarterback rating, QBR, rushing touchdowns. And in a season full of highlights for Tannehill, he even laid of one the hardest hits on the year. De-cleating  Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, who was attempting to return a tipped pass turned interception for a touchdown.

Mind-blowing stats from a “washed up” retread

To put into perspective how good Tannehill’s 9.6 yards per attempt,  it ranks him 8th all time. His completion percentage of 70.3, is good for 9th all time. His quarterback rating of 117.5 is good for 4th all time. These three stat categories are based on single-season performance, but they are still incredible. What makes it even more impressive is his volume stats (yards and touchdowns) were high. While his pass attempts were low, leaving one to think how many more yards or touchdowns would Tannehill have put up if he had started all 16 games.

Ryan Tannehill earns big money

After leading Tennessee to the AFC championship game, many speculated if Jon Robinson would resign or tag Ryan Tannehill. It did not take long on Sunday after the new NFL CBA was ratified for Robinson to strike a deal. Ian Rapoport, who has been dialed in on the Titans closer than any other media personality, broke the news first. The Tennessee Titans and Ryan Tannehill have reached a new deal. But it was Jeff Darlington who specifically tweeted out the terms. His first tweet called for pause, four years for $118m, $29.5m average per year, $62m full guarantee, $91m total guarantee. His second tweet, on the other hand, called for a celebration. 2020 is $17.5 fully guaranteed, 2021 $24.5m fully guaranteed, 2022 is $29m guaranteed for injury/fully guaranteed on the 5th day of the 2021 league year. $27.5m base for 2023. The deal is essentially a two-year deal.

Continuity is key for  Ryan Tannehill

With Ryan Tannehill now back in the fold for Tennessee for the next four years, he can build off the strong 2019 season. Most, if not all, tune entire offensive personnel will be back in 2020. Art Smith, who came into his own as an offensive play-caller once Tannehill went under center, is back as offensive coordinator. Now, as the unquestioned quarterback for this Tennessee Titans team, it’s fair to say Tannehill could be even better. He will get a full offseason to get in sync with his receivers. While he has a good rapport with wide receiver A.J. Brown and tight end Jonnu Smith. Tannehill needs to get on the same page with receivers Corey Davis and Adam Humphries.

You can bet on the play-action game

Ryan Tannehill showed perhaps his best quality when turning his back to the defense. Tennessee using a heavy dosage of play-action, Tannehill would finish with a passer rating of 140.6. More should be expected in 2020, as long as the NFL’s leading rusher returns.  By all accounts, Henry is back whether it’s the franchise tag or contract extension. So you can take it to the bank, Tannehill should be in line to be tops in the NFL when turning his back to the defense only to shred defensive backs on throws to the seam.

Now the question shifts as to who will back up number 17 in Tennessee. Logan Woodside currently is the other quarterback on contract with the team. You can guarantee that Jon Robinson will find either a veteran quarterback in free agency to back up Tannehill. Or draft a rookie quarterback to develop to maybe one day take over for Tannehill. Either way, the position will be taken care of by the time minicamp rolls around.

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