Fans, media, and the entire football world had an opinion on Ryan Tannehill following the Tennessee Titans loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round. No matter which side you are on, there are a lot of factors to consider about the QB for the Titans. Going forward, can he lead them to a Super Bowl in a loaded AFC of quarterback talent? Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, among others, headline that group.

Right now, many may say decisively, “no.” Titans GM Jon Robinson wants to pump those brakes for now, though.

Robinson makes some fair points. Tannehill has easily had a couple of his best seasons as a pro while as a member of the Titans. He and the defense led the Titans to the top seed in the AFC this season without Derrick Henry for about half of the season. Tannehill played above average in many games where his top targets were out due to injury, too.

Regardless, even his peaks may not be able to beat out the top QBs in his own conference, let alone the entire NFL in the playoffs. It’s an uphill battle. No doubt having Derrick Henry in the backfield helps in these situations, but crippling turnovers in the playoffs from Tannehill at times has made Henry’s impact lessen in the postseason.

This was one game like Robinson mentions. That being said, the issues that showed up in that game are a recurring problem for Tannehill in the postseason.

Looking Ahead

In all likelihood, Tannehill will remain the starter at QB for the Titans entering next year. The free-agent QB pool is not the most impressive, and it is unlikely that they trade for one of the star QBs that could get moved like Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers. Not to mention, the quarterback class in the NFL Draft is weaker than many of the recent classes. Next year’s is almost certain to be better. Guys like Alabama QB Bryce Young and Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud will most likely be entering the draft.

So, Tennessee is in a bit of limbo once again at the most important position in football. Tannehill has shown at times that he can be a legitimate NFL starter. Although, have the playoff mishaps proven that he cannot be relied upon if your team is in a winning window? It’s really hard to tell given recent history.

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