5 Reasons Titans QB Ryan Tannehill deserves more credit than he’s gotten

Ryan Tannehill #17, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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This Titans team’s issues aren’t due to anything he’s doing.

Ryan Tannehill is not Aaron Rodgers, and nothing short of a quick dose of Super Soldier Serum will get him there, but Ryan Tannehill doesn’t have to be Aaron Rodgers. The Titans’ current quarterback is good enough, and all that he has to do is be himself.

Tannehill’s individual numbers are strong on their own. His spots across the franchise record books stand as a testament to that. The numbers his offenses have put up since he became the starter might be even more impressive.

To put it simply, Ryan Tannehill might not be as good as Aaron Rogers, but he isn’t the reason Tennessee was a one-and-done exit from the 2020 playoffs. As a matter of fact, Tannehill has been the solution to offensive issues that have plagued the Titans for decades.

Blame the Titans defense if you want, one without a dedicated defensive coordinator for the 2020 season, and a group that allowed the eighth-most points per game that season, along with the fifth-most total yards.

Blame the special teams too if pointing fingers is your thing. Since 2019, no team has made fewer field goals than the Titans’ (28), and no team has converted their field goals at a lower rate than the Titans have.

The Tennessee Titans were far from a perfect football team in 2020, and there’s a chance 2021 will hold more of the same, but the issues don’t stem from what Ryan Tannehill gives or takes from the offense.

Tannehill, through 26 starts, has been a borderline elite quarterback piloting an undoubtedly elite offense for a franchise that hasn’t had either in over a decade. What else does he have to do?