Ryan Tannehill: Marcus Mariota “is an incredible human being”

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As the seconds were ticking away in the AFC Championship Game, Ryan Tannehill was obviously frustrated.

That’s when he got the kind of support from a friend he needed.

In an exchange captured by Inside the NFL on Showtime, Marcus Mariota — the guy who Tannehill replaced midseason — consoled him, saying: “I am excited for you – it’s the start of something great, brother. I am so excited for you.”

While that moment was made poignant by the fact Mariota’s on his way out, the way the former No. 2 overall pick handled a potentially awkward situation was a special thing for Tannehill.

“Marcus is an incredible human being, and I have so much respect and love for him,” Tannehill said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. “The way he handled things – it was an incredibly tough situation. He was in Tennessee for five years, and it was his team and where he made his home. The way things went down, I don’t think many guys in the world would handle it the way he did. He handed it like a true professional. He was supportive of me from Day One. I know he was hurting, and I tried to be empathetic with that throughout the season and give support to him as well. But he handled it so well – he was supportive of me, helped me out on game days, in preparation during the week. He was just a consistent guy throughout the year.

“We are great friends and we will continue to be great friends.”

Mariota might have lost his job to Tannehill, but there still should be sufficient interest in him this offseason. And even if he isn’t handed a starting job, his ability to handle this season and stay a part of what they were doing won’t be lost on other teams, especially if they’re drafting a quarterback and want to put an adult next to him.

“I know he has big things in front of him in his career,” Tannehill said of Mariota. “And I’ll be cheering him on every step of the way.”

He probably won’t be the only one.

17 responses to “Ryan Tannehill: Marcus Mariota “is an incredible human being”

  1. All Titans fans will be rooting for Mariota in his next stop. Personally, I believe he could have been a true franchise QB if we had any sort of organizational stability during his time with us. We broke him, now he needs a true offensive mastermind to build him back up. Pains me to say it, but I would love to see what he could do in New England if Brady walks or New Orleans if Brees walks.

  2. Mariota is mature and classy enough to do and say the right things. This is getting to be a rare commodity in the NFL.

  3. Both the top quarterbacks drafted that year, Mariota and Winston, could have become solid NFL quarterbacks had they been selected in the 2nd or 3rd round where they belonged. Now they’re both projects who still have a lot of potential but also 5 years worth of baggage that many GMs and coaches don’t want to deal with. I think Mariota’s best bet is to catch on somewhere as a backup and then Tannehill somebody who is underpeforming or gets injured. I’d like to see the Eagles sign him, both to see what Pedey can do with him and how well he could do in that offense when Wentz gets hurt.

  4. savethebs says:
    January 23, 2020 at 2:03 pm
    All Titans fans will be rooting for Mariota in his next stop. Personally, I believe he could have been a true franchise QB if we had any sort of organizational stability during his time with us. We broke him, now he needs a true offensive mastermind to build him back up. Pains me to say it, but I would love to see what he could do in New England if Brady walks or New Orleans if Brees walks.

    Holy crap, can you imagine if he ends up in New England? The stability they have there is second to none. He may finally reach his potential.

  5. Who knows how many games he will start again but he will always have a job in the NFL based on his personality and the way teammates love him. That’ll be true whether as a backup player or later on into coaching.

  6. New England is WAY too toxic for this kid. he would do well in Miami. Flores runs a tight ship. Gailey would utilize his strengths.

  7. Wow, you mean not all NFL players act like it’s only about them? Good for you Marcus, it will serve you well during the rest of your time in the NFL, and most importantly, the rest of your time in this life. Good luck to you, sir!

  8. Everyone in TN wanted Marcus to succeed but, for whatever reason, it just didn’t happen. He has talent, we’ve seen it, but it’s in flashes. If he is leaving, which I’m pretty sure he will be, I hope he goes to the NFC. I just don’t want my Titans to have to go up against him no more often than absolutely necessary.

  9. Two class act game managers.
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    Ryan Tannehill is a stud athlete with a strong arm. Mike Vrabel had to have been chomping at the bit to get him on the field, but was obligated to begin the season with Mariota.

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