Terry Bradshaw talks Titans: Ryan Tannehill, Marcus Mariota, Mike Vrabel
Terry Bradshaw shared his thoughts on Tennessee Titans quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Marcus Mariota, as well as head coach Mike Vrabel.
Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw spoke about the Tennessee Titans while addressing the media down at the Super Bowl, and specifically quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Marcus Mariota, as well as head coach Mike Vrabel.
Bradshaw is one of many in the national media who Tannehill got the attention of during his resurgent 2019 season.
The Texans A&M product not only led the Titans to a 7-3 record during the regular season after he took over in Week 7, he also finished first in the NFL in passer rating and third in completion percentage.
Bradshaw says that the Titans’ philosophy, combined with being surrounded by better players, is what drove Tannehill to have the best season of his career, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
"“What happened was he just got around better players. Ryan’s a solid player. He played really good, even against Kansas City. So, you get a coach that has a good philosophy — and I like their coach there in Tennessee — and you had good players around him, good running game, and he just went out there and just did his job.”"
Indeed Tannehill had a better supporting cast in Tennessee than what he had in Miami. Wide receiver A.J. Brown emerged into a star, and running back Derrick Henry‘s ability to dominate allowed Tannehill to thrive off of play action.
Both of those players have helped Tannehill emerge as one of the front-runners for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, which will be announced at the NFL Honors show on February 1st, the night before Super Bowl LIV.
Bradshaw then went on to share the opinion of former NFL head coach and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson, who apparently has always had a high opinion of Tannehill.
"“Listen, you go talk to Jimmy Johnson and Jimmy will tell you, ‘I’ve always liked him,’ even when they were hammering him down here in Miami, ‘I always liked him.'”"
Bradshaw praised Tannehill’s athleticism and says he was “shocked” that the Titans quarterback was once a wide receiver in college, and compared his ability to run to LSU quarterback, Joe Burrow. Bradshaw also thinks the Titans should bring Tannehill back in 2020.
When asked about Vrabel, Bradshaw made it clear he’s a fan of him also.
"“I like Vrabel. I couldn’t think of his name awhile ago. I like Vrabel.”"
And what’s not to like about Vrabel after he coached the Titans from a 2-4 record to a 9-7 finish that culminated in a trip to the AFC Championship Game? In his two years with the team, Vrabel has finished with back-to-back winning records.
On the subject of Mariota, the Hall of Fame quarterback believes Tennessee will move on from its former No. 2 overall pick.
"“Mariota, they’ll move him on.”"
Not much of a surprise there, as Mariota and the Titans are headed for a divorce after he lost his starting job to Tannehill in 2020. The Oregon product will be a free agent this offseason and could use a change of scenery to help revive his career, much like Tannehill needed after 2018.