Why Tannehill is THE bridge QB for the Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans aren’t going to go into 2020 without a rookie QB, but that fact doesn’t come without questions.
First, what is the level of quality that you can get where the Titans will be selecting?
Barring a trade, I think the Titans absolutely floor is going to be somewhere around the 9-12 range which is well outside the range to draft either of the elite QBs in this draft.
That means that the choices are going to be Justin Herbert, Jacob Eason, Jalen Hurts, or Jordan Love (also any other J named quarterback you can think of I guess).
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I don’t know that the difference between any of those first three names on that list is that big so you can probably wait around and make a move for the last one relatively easily.
The second, and more important question is who will be the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator in 2020.
Make no mistake, Arthur Smith isn’t helping this offense out at all. For nearly the entire season he has done things that don’t make sense and run counter to what the conventional wisdom says to do, which has led to a frustrating season by the offense.
Even in wins during Arthur Smith’s time he has bungled key decisions and made questionable personnel decisions that seem to be more like a routine tick than anything resembling a gameplan.
Who the Titans next OC is will play a huge factor because ideally they will be able to mesh what Ryan Tannehill does well with what the rookie QB does well. This decision is going to have to be made well before the draft which means that we should know the qualities that Joe Brady (or insert your dream OC here) likes in a quarterback.
Either way, Tannehill is showing that he is the guy because he is thriving in a system that isn’t helping him at all. So if he can do that on a team with Keith Carter and Arthur Smith, he should have a great chance at picking up the next offense they bring in.