What It All Means:
Well, there it is. Three worthy cases for three worthy Tennessee Titans potential starters at quarterback.
Neither is without their flaws, for sure. Tannehill will probably cost a small fortune to bring back after the year he had, Brady has been regressing for the last few seasons and will be close to 1,000 years old by the time the season starts (he’ll be 43), and nobody knows for sure what Love will be at the next level, or even if the Titans would be able to get him.
But for every red flag, there are just as many reasons to want each guy taking snaps for the Titans in 2020. There are plenty of people in each camp that all think their quarterback candidate is the only way to go.
But those people are not writing this article. I am, and I want Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill’s 2019 season gave me no reason to doubt his ability to lead a team in 2020. Concerns about his regression are fair, but even a slight drop off in Tannehill’s play would make him one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL for a full 16-game season.
Tannehill has proven success with the Titans, showing himself to be a great fit for Arthur Smith’s play-action heavy passing scheme. He has proven chemistry with a few of Tennessee’s skill position players, and those bonds will continue to grow from year one into year two. Neither Brady nor Love has proven the same about either.
He may cost a metric boatload of cash when it comes time to sign a new contract, but that would be a bullet I am willing to bite. Tannehill has shown too much success and taken the Titans too far to not be on board.
Tennessee hasn’t had an elite offense in a decade, and Tannehill gave the Titans just that. Maybe I fall in love too quickly, but I am not ready to give that success up quite yet.