Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished with the highest grade of any quarterback in the NFL in 2019.
According to Pro Football Focus, Ryan Tannehill was the highest-graded quarterback of 2019. He finished the season with a grade of 92.5, which just beat out New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, for the top spot.
Per Cam Mellor and Michael Renner of PFF, Tannehill was a “revelation for the Titans” in 2019 and threw the third-fewest “turnover-worthy” passes behind the Washington Redskins’ Dwayne Haskins and the New Orleans Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater.
Coming into the season, little to no expectations existed for Tannehill. He was just an injury-prone quarterback that was nice to have as a backup but wasn’t going to actually help any team win.
The narrative changed this season starting in Week 7 when he was given the starting job by a Titans coaching staff that was desperate for a change in hope of different results.
The Titans’ offense started rolling in a Week 7 game that included a win over the Chargers and over 300 yards in the air and two touchdowns from Tannehill.
The rest of the season for Tannehill included a lot of spectacular play and, of course, winning.
Tannehill’s season included averaging just under 250 yards passing per game on a team that ranked No. 3 in rushing, and a performance in Oakland where Tannehill threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns.
Tannehill’s play helped lead the Titans to finish the season winning seven of their last 10 games and clinching a playoff berth.
Although his postseason statistics seem underwhelming on paper, it’s more important to any Titans fan that they have a quarterback that can win games, no matter what kind of numbers he is producing.
Tannehill should be back in a Titans uniform next season, it’s just a matter of what kind of a contract Titans executives want to give him.
Tannehill proved that he thrives in Arthur Smith’s system, and with a deep-threat weapon like A.J. Brown, the big-time throws that PFF graded him so high on should only continue to increase. This downfield play mixed with Derrick Henry’s hard-nosed, downhill running style, could be a threat against any defense for years to come.