The Case for Ryan Tannehill:
If it ain’t broke, right?
Tannehill brings more to the table this offseason than just familiarity and consistency for sure, but his 2019 success with the Titans should not be ignored.
The former Dolphin came into the starting role in Tennessee with one offseason and six games worth of familiarity in Arthur Smith’s offseason, and still got a Titans team that was 2-4 without his starting efforts into the playoffs.
It’s true that Derrick Henry began playing at an MVP-level and putting the team on his shoulders around the time Tannehill took over, but that doesn’t mean the quarterback wasn’t impressive in his own right.
Tannehill did all that was asked of him in the Titans offense and even went above and beyond those expectations in more than a few ways. The quarterback finished the regular season first in yards per attempt, first in passer rating, and third in completion percentage.
Even if some regression is on its way for Tannehill, numbers as impressive as those should not go completely disregarded. Once again, that efficient play comes from just one offseason learning the Titans offensive system. Give him another year, and rather than regress, Tannehill could potentially get even better as he learns Smith’s scheme better and furthers his chemistry with the Tennessee pass catchers.
So long as Tannehill can remain close to the player he was last season, he has proven that in that Titans offense, he can get the Titans as close to the Super Bowl as they have been in the last two decades.
Give him a couple of years worth of growth and some more offensive help, and Tannehill might be able to take a future Titans team all the way.