An anonymous NFL quarterbacks coach took a strong stance this week when it comes to the topic of Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The Athletic recently spoke to 50 NFL coaches/executives to get their take on every starting quarterback in the league.
And the comments about Tannehill, who was listed as a “tier 3 quarterback” by the coaches/executives, were pretty much what you’d expect.
It seems like most coaches/executives think Tannehill is a solid quarterback, but they don’t think he can consistently take a team to the next level.
One quarterbacks coach in particular took a strong stance on Tannehill.
“Tannehill relied on the team more than the team relied on him, because in the moments when he could have brought the team back, especially when they played against Kansas City in the AFC Championship, he couldn’t make it happen,” said the anonymous quarterbacks coach. “I’m still waiting for that defining moment from Ryan Tannehill. It still hasn’t happened yet, and that’s why I have him as a Tier 3. He’s got Tier 2 potential and talent, but just in the big moments, it just hasn’t translated.”
Another anonymous coach said Tannehill just isn’t the guy who can go win a game for a team.
“My heart broke for him that he played so (poorly) in that playoff game,” said the coach. “He was having such a good year, really two years. But I think that is what he is. Unfortunately, in a couple of times they’ve asked him to be the guy to win the games, he hasn’t been able to do it.”
One offensive coach was more bullish on Tannehill, comparing him to Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan.
“He is the AFC version of Kirk Cousins,” said the offensive coach. “The last two years he has been very successful, very efficient. If you replaced Tannehill with Matt Ryan, would you be as successful? I believe you would. If you replaced him with Kirk Cousins, would you be the same? I think you’d be the same because those are all good quarterbacks.”
I don’t think there’s much mystery when it comes to Tannehill at this point in his career. He’s not an elite quarterback who is going to carry a team. But he’s not a liability, either. The playoff loss aside last year, Tannehill isn’t a guy who is going to lose games for a team. He’s usually going to give the Titans a shot at winning.
Tannehill should be better in 2022 than he was in 2021. The return of a healthy Derrick Henry should lead to a more efficient Tannehill.
However, anyone expecting Tannehill to suddenly turn into an MVP candidate this season is going to be sorely disappointed. This is likely as good as it gets when it comes to Tannehill.
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