There is a new captain of the ship in Music City. Two weeks ago, the Tennessee Titans decided to bench franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota, and bring in backup quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill was a former Top 10 NFL Draft pick for the Miami Dolphins, and was traded to Tennessee earlier this year.
The arrival of Tannehill to Nashville, put a timetable on Marcus Mariota to play well. Starting the year off with a 2 and 3 record and having the second lowest quarterback rating in the NFL, began to spur talks of moving on from Mariota. Against the Denver Broncos, Marcus Mariota went 7 for 18 for 63 yards and threw 2 interceptions and couldn’t get any points on the board. Heading into the 2nd half the Titans decided to go a different route. Tannehill has been named the starter for the remainder of the season and already won over the team and fan base with two wins in a row.
The future of Marcus Mariota is uncertain, and one can only imagine if Ryan Tannehill continues to ball out, that Tennessee will began to explore trade options for the former number 2 pick. Maybe a change of scenery could be good for the once highly touted quarterback.
This is a huge opportunity for Ryan Tannehill to revitalize his career and help the Titans reach the playoffs. When healthy, Tannehill plays like a high draft pick and show signs of greatness. Hopefully he can be healthy for Tennessee for the remainder of the season because after his 3-touchdown performance this past Sunday against the LA Chargers, Tannehill has brought new hope that Tennessee can turn their slow season around. There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Ryan Tannehill.