Why it matters for the playoffs
This season Ryan Tannehill’s running ability has been an important contribution to Tennessee’s success. The Titans are 6-1 when Tannehill rushes for 20-plus yards and 5-2 when he rushes for a touchdown.
Clearly, Tannehill’s rushing contributes massively to the Titans’ success. If the Tennessee Titans are interested in making a deep playoff run, the numbers indicate that they need Tannehill to be effective running the ball, especially in the redzone.
With the return of Henry, defenses will continue to over-commit to the potential Hall of Famer and allow Tannehill opportunities to display his patented finger roll touchdown celebration.
In the end, you can delve into many metrics to argue about the success and effectiveness of any quarterback in the NFL. But the only number that matters to Titans fans is wins and losses.
Tannehill’s uniquely well-rounded talents as a quarterback should put him well above many of his peers, but his quality over quantity style in his position makes his contributions easily overlooked.
In addition to his high-level performance as a passer, his athleticism puts him into a category that few quarterbacks share. His second-half performance and game-winning run against the 49ers is the perfect example of what makes his game elite.
So, maybe Tannehill will never get the league-wide recognition he deserves for his efforts… but maybe he will. With the playoffs in full swing, the Titans are getting healthy at the right time and will not have to leave Nashville to make a run.
If the Tennessee Titans make another deep playoff run like they did in 2019, there is every reason to believe that the league will begin to understand the unique and elite skillset of Ryan Tannehill.