Saturday night, ironically in Miami, Ryan Tannehill stood on the stage at the NFL honors and took home comeback player of the year for what he did… quarterbacking the Tennessee Titans this past season.
"You go through everything for a reason."
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) February 2, 2020
And the reason Tannehill got the award was because of the tremendous job he did taking over as the starter in Tennessee in October. And then, leading them not only to a playoff berth, but two upset wins over the Patriots and the Ravens. Tennessee fell just short of making the Super Bowl in Miami, when the Chiefs rallied from a 17 – 7 deficit to defeat them 2 weeks ago.
Still, no one can argue the impact that the former Fins first round pick made a great impact on the Titans.
And, it’s been well-chronicled that the Dolphins traded Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans in part, because he had been injury-prone, missing five games last season with a shoulder injury and all of 2017 with an ACL surgery. Also, Tannehill had a massive price tag for salary cap purposes also in 2019.
Still, when GM Chris Grier and new head coach Brian Flores elected to get rid of him and instead bring on veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and trade for former Cardinals number one pick Josh Rosen, the Dolphins faltered horrendously in the first two months of the season. They started 0-7 with an offense that could barely function/score.
Meanwhile, Tannehill’s solid and steady play energized the Titans when he replaced former first-round pick Marcus Mariota after he started 2019 shakily and went to the bench for good. Tannehill made enough key throws to balance Tennessee’s offense and allow power back Derrick Henry to have some lanes to run in, as the year went on.
Tannehill is now slated to be an unrestricted free agent in March. That’s unless Tennessee moves to keep him on a long term deal before free agency begins.
And without a doubt, he’s already demonstrated that he can walk into any new situation and succeed, just like he did in Nashville.