Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill received plenty of criticism this past January after his less-than-stellar performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Tannehill threw a disastrous interception in the game’s final minute that cost the Titans a trip to the AFC Championship game. In that moment, Tannehill went from being recognized as the quarterback who helped Tennessee earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC (without having running back Derrick Henry for much of the season), to the player who received most of the blame for Tennessee’s season ending prematurely.

Despite that poor decision from Tannehill (he had tight end Anthony Firkser open underneath for what likely would’ve been a first down), he’s still a better-than-average quarterback who is probably underappreciated by Titans fans.

Tannehill, like any quarterback, makes some mistakes. But unlike some other quarterbacks in the NFL, Tannehill doesn’t tend to make life harder on himself.

When you see Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes getting pressured, there’s an almost 25 percent chance that Mahomes is responsible for that pressure.

Tannehill, on the other hand, is only responsible for 3.8 percent of the pressure he faces, which is the lowest percentage in the NFL.

This shows that Tannehill has great pocket awareness and doesn’t make life harder on his offensive line.

It also shows that when Mahomes is making highlight-reel plays where he’s running for his life, there’s a good chance that he’s trying to evade pressure that he self-created.

Stuff like this doesn’t show up in the box score. It won’t be something you see if you look up Tannehill’s stats on ESPN.com. But it’s an extremely important aspect of Tannehill’s game.

There are a lot of things that quarterbacks do that fans/analysts don’t notice during the course of a game. Checking out of plays, sliding protections, manipulating defenses, etc — Tannehill excels in a lot of those areas. Tannehill may not be a perennial Pro-Bowler, but he’s better than most starting options available in the NFL right now.

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