Why Ryan Tannehill deserves NFL Comeback Player of the Year
By Brady Akins
Tannehill has started seven games this year for the Titans, and the team has six wins to show for it. After being last in the AFC South at 2-4, the Titans are now tied with the Houston Texans for the best record in the division at 8-5.
Even though Tannehill’s early success came against a group of weaker teams, the Titans have been showing up against tough competition in recent weeks, and have come out on top in their last four games.
In their current four-game winning streak, the Titans have played three teams that entered the game at .500 or above. The Chiefs, Colts, and Raiders are all strong teams that came into their game against Tennessee looking to make a push towards the playoffs, and all came out of the game with a loss.
Tannehill has been the one major change the Titans have made between their slow start and their midseason turnaround. His entrance as the starting quarterback has elevated the team’s results, as well as the players around him.
Tannehill and the rest of the Titans offense have all been playing at a high level since Tannehill’s first start in Week 7. After just two of their first six games resulted in over 20 points for the offense, The Titans have cleared that mark in seven straight games, and have scored more than 30 in four straight.
The Tennessee defense has taken a small step back, but with how the offense has played, it hasn’t mattered. The Titans’ offense is the hottest unit in the NFL right now, and it’s due in part to the strong play of Tannehill.
His success is remarkable when considering how poorly the Titans’ offense played to start the year, but it’s more unbelievable considering Tannehill’s journey to becoming the Titans’ starting quarterback.
Tannehill has been able to come back from injuries and inconsistent play, ascend from a back-up roll and is now leading what may be the hottest offense in the NFL. Titans players typically struggle when it comes to receiving national attention, but in the case of Tannehill, he has thrived.
Nobody deserves to be the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year more than him.