5 moves that prove Titans have a better GM than Rams, Chargers & Colts
By Ravi Konjeti
#1 Trade for QB Ryan Tannehill
In 2019, the Titans quietly traded for former first rounder Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill was expected to give quality depth behind an injury-riddled Mariota after the team lost Mariota at the tail end of the prior season due to injury. The Tannehill trade was widely overlooked and thrown aside. Many even credited the Dolphins for moving on from the disappointing quarterback.
However, the Tannehill trade has become the single best move that Jon Robinson has made in his tenure. While Tannehill was expected to back up Mariota, he took over midseason and soared to new heights.
The Titans anemic offense became explosive, creating one of the most efficient offenses in NFL history. The Titans were able to ride Tannehill’s hot hand to the playoffs and knocked off two teams en route to the AFC Championship game.
Tannehill showed his first-round talent and became the unquestionable leader and franchise quarterback that the Titans have been searching for since the Steve McNair years. After years of mediocre play at the quarterback position, the Titans finally have a long term solution who can lead the Titans to great success.
During Mariota’s tenure, Robinson has tried to bring in quarterbacks that had similar play styles and skillsets. In 2018, the Titans brought in Blaine Gabbert. While Gabbert was successful in small batches, he ultimately did not allow the Titans to run the same offense. Tannehill gave the Titans to not shift the team’s identity if Mariota went down.
Robinson took a flyer on an undervalued quarterback who (worst case scenario) would be a cheap backup. The Titans paid a couple of late rounders to take the ex-Dolphins quarterback and gave him a one-year contract to test him out in the offense. It’s unquestionably the best move of Robinson.