Tennessee Titans need to get back to what worked
Tannehill did not have a good year this year, and his decision-making put the Titans in trouble many times. Even for his limitations, it cannot be ignored he was not the same player in 2019 and 2020.
He was precise with his passes, as he was able to throw some critical deep balls, and many of the bad throws he made in 2021 he would not have made the year before. The same can be said about easier throws that he missed this year.
A lot of people will bring up injuries as an explanation as to why Tannehill was struggling, but injuries and lack of weapons do not save anyone from making poor decisions.
Still, it is not like this was the only issue with the Tennessee Titans’ offense this year. Although it got better towards the end of the season, the offensive line struggled for much of the year and made Tannehill’s life much harder.
Aside from that, when it came to setting the tone early, the Titans were maybe the worst team in the league. Of all of their opening offensive drives this season, two of them went for touchdowns, which includes the playoff debacle against the Cincinnati Bengals. The play-calling in that game was just a microcosm of what the team dealt with all year.
Most importantly, it is time for Mike Vrabel, Todd Downing, and everyone else to admit that the offense’s philosophy is too predictable and not equipped to succeed in the modern NFL. It is just too reliant on Henry and the run game, and when you make “establishing the run” the focal point of the offense, it is not going to work in a league that is showcased by quarterbacks.
Hiring Tim Kelly to aid the passing game is a step in the right direction, and hopefully, it can help Tannehill play the way he did in his first two seasons as the Titans’ signal-caller. But let’s not ignore how he too, has held them back in past years.