3 Reasonable expectations for Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill #17, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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1. QB1 won’t hurt the Tennessee Titans and will finish top-five in passer rating.

If we haven’t learned anything else about Mr. Tannehill, it should be this. He may not be the scrambler that’s going to elude trouble, step out of a sure sack and toss one off of his back foot to the waiting arms of his last option, but he’s not going to beat his team either.

For his career, he’s tossed two touchdowns for every interception thrown, and that includes a little over a four-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio during his first two seasons in Tennessee with the Titans.

17 notched the best quarterback rating of any signal-caller in the National Football League in 2019. He simply doesn’t put the ball in harm’s way.

Oh, and what’s that saying? A quarterback’s best friend is a great ground game, right? Perhaps you’ve heard, but Tannehill shares the Titans backfield with the best running back on Planet Earth, one Derrick Henry, so on at least 25 plays per contest, 17 only has to exist in the two seconds that transpire between taking the snap from center and handing the ball to King Henry.

That will alleviate a lot of the pressure as well, and with the emergence of A.J. Brown and the possibility of Tennessee adding another playmaker in the upcoming NFL Draft, this Titans offense should be even more efficient in 2021. Expect QB1 to finish in the top five among all quarterbacks in passer rating.