Most folks who watched the Tennessee Titans’ playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night probably came to the same conclusion.
Ryan Tannehill isn’t the quarterback who’s going to lead the Titans to a Super Bowl.
Tannehill has been good for the Titans. He’s helped lead the team to three straight playoff appearances and two AFC South division titles.
But he hasn’t been able to get the Titans to the promised land.
So what should the Titans do?
Tennessee has a Super Bowl-caliber team. The Titans can’t waste this window of opportunity. But that’s what they’ll be doing if they stick with Tannehill.
On Sunday morning, former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck, a three-time Pro-Bowler, offered his thoughts on the situation.
Bulluck thinks the Titans should pursue Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson this offseason and draft a quarterback in the mid to late rounds.
Wilson is a former Super Bowl champion who is just four months younger than Tannehill.
It seems unlikely that this scenario plays out — especially after the Titans gave up significant draft capital last summer in their trade for Julio Jones (Tennessee gave up a second and fourth-round pick for Jones). That’s a move that didn’t necessarily pay off in 2021.
However, while I think it’s unlikely that Tennessee will trade for Wilson, it can’t be completely ruled out. General manager Jon Robinson is known for splashy moves.
And there’s been plenty of drama between Wilson and the Seahawks over the last year. For now, the feeling is that Seattle doesn’t want to trade Wilson. But Wilson could still demand a trade (especially if reports that he doesn’t see eye to eye with Pete Carroll are true).
Tennessee would certainly be an attractive destination for Wilson — it’s a win-now situation with elite offensive talent.
The other part of Bulluck’s suggestion — drafting a quarterback late in the draft — isn’t a viable solution. Hitting on a quarterback late in the draft is pure luck. For every third-round pick like Wilson, there are 50 other quarterbacks who never made an impact in the NFL.
I have no idea what the Titans will do this offseason, but I know this: it’s going to be a wild spring for the Titans full of speculation and rumors.
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