Derrick Henry: Tom Brady still at a high level, but why wouldn’t we want Ryan Tannehill

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The Titans’ season turned around when Ryan Tannehill was installed as the team’s starting quarterback before Week Seven and running back Derrick Henry can’t understand why anyone would think Tennessee would look elsewhere in 2020.

Henry was a guest of teammate Taylor Lewan and former teammate Will Compton on their Bussin’ with the Boys podcast and Compton asked him whether he’d like to see Tom Brady come to the Titans as a free agent. Henry called Brady the best of all time multiple times, but said his first response to the suggestion would be why isn’t Tannehill good enough for the job.

“He [Brady] still can play,” Henry said. “Obviously, age doesn’t matter for him, he’s still playing at a high level, but my question would be: Why ain’t Ryan good enough, you know? . . . speaking for everyone on the offense, we fed off of him . . . Ryan Tannehill is our quarterback and went to the AFC Championship, why would we not want Ryan back?”

Henry joins Tannehill as an impending free agent this offseason and didn’t have much of an update on his own outlook. He said he’s letting his agent handle the negotiations and that “we’ll see how it goes as far as the Titans and trying to get this thing figured out.”

23 responses to “Derrick Henry: Tom Brady still at a high level, but why wouldn’t we want Ryan Tannehill

  1. It all comes down to money.

    I don’t think Derrick henry will get paid like Zeke, David Johnson, and Todd Gurley are getting paid. teams realized they made mistakes and over paid.

    Same for Ryan Tannehill, he did well in a system suited for him. He’ll get paid, but I doubt a team thinks he’s all of a sudden an excellent QB.

  2. Bortles did it two years ago too…on a team built exactly like the Titans. Not that Tannehill is as bas as Blake, but he shouldn’t get a contract just for getting you to the AFCCG.

  3. Henry making sense which usually doesn’t sit well with people. Brady IS arguably the GOAT but why would you be interested in past production. Brady offers maybe 1-2 years and nobody knows how he’d fit in a different system. We’ve all seen Brady in the Patriots system but player production in different systems seems to fluctuate widely. Le’Veon Bell in NY wasn’t anything special, he was just another guy (JAG) yet Kenyon Drake in Arizona looked special. System and circumstances play a large role in player production and can’t be assumed will remain the same with a change of scenery. Tannehill on the other hand, has shown that he does “fit” in nicely in Tennessee and offers much more than a year or two, maybe 5-6 years. So Henry is right to question why would anyone want to look past Tannehill. He could keep what Tennessee built going for much longer than Brady can. If the team wasn’t positioned for years of success as it is now, I could see bringing in Brady as a sideshow act to sell tickets. He could be the equivalent of the dog-faced boy… the freak show… something for people to see. But the looks to be playoff competitive for the immediate years to come so why wouldn’t the team want to try to maximize their success for as long as possible? The team won’t be able to do that Brady but they could with Tannehill.

  4. Lol. He can’t be serious. Tannehill wasn’t exactly good in the playoffs. I hate the Pats but I’d take Brady over most starters right now because he can still run an offense, especially if he’s protected. Brady with that running game and add an extra receiving weapon to that offense, would be a contender.

  5. Brady has never even advanced to a Super Bowl as a Wildcard. He needs a bye or he can’t do it. It’s the bye that gives his coach the advantage he needs. I’d take most QB’s over him the next two years. Cue the excuses in three, two, one…

  6. Getoffmylawn! says:
    February 18, 2020 at 2:02 pm
    Brady has never even advanced to a Super Bowl as a Wildcard. He needs a bye or he can’t do it. It’s the bye that gives his coach the advantage he needs. I’d take most QB’s over him the next two years. Cue the excuses in three, two, one…

    This is such a stupid argument.

    How many teams have advanced to the SB that played wild card weekend.

    2 or 3 ?

    The fact that you try to use this as a knock against Brady is just plain dumb

  7. Getoffmylawn! says:
    February 18, 2020 at 2:02 pm
    Brady has never even advanced to a Super Bowl as a Wildcard. He needs a bye or he can’t do it. It’s the bye that gives his coach the advantage he needs. I’d take most QB’s over him the next two years. Cue the excuses in three, two, one

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    Losing just 2 wildcard games while making the playoffs every year except two in your career is still better than Tannehill…and most QBs available. Brady can be the game manager Tannehill couldn’t be and can still make throws when they need him in big games.

  8. Ill give Brady credit. He throws the best out routes and slants in the league. Other than that he’s just a qb who has a difficult time winning the super bowl without a top 5 defense. Yeah he has won a super bowl without a top 5 defense, but that one win was years ago.

  9. patriotmaleorgy says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:02 pm
    Ill give Brady credit. He throws the best out routes and slants in the league. Other than that he’s just a qb who has a difficult time winning the super bowl without a top 5 defense. Yeah he has won a super bowl without a top 5 defense, but that one win was years ago.

    Lame

    Stop trying so hard

    Clearly jealous based on your user name alone

  10. Ill give Brady credit. He throws the best out routes and slants in the league. Other than that he’s just a qb who has a difficult time winning the super bowl without a top 5 defense. Yeah he has won a super bowl without a top 5 defense, but that one win was years ago.

    RECYCLED EXCUSES. Win the game or shut up. No crying in football. You should watch Oprah instead with all of your fussy whiny friends.

  11. Brady has never even advanced to a Super Bowl as a Wildcard. He needs a bye or he can’t do it. It’s the bye that gives his coach the advantage he needs. I’d take most QB’s over him the next two years. Cue the excuses in three, two, one

    We do not make excuses in New England. We win Super Bowls. Brady won 17 of 19 division title. The wild card is beneath him. Your Brady envy has turned you into a whining excuse making little girl. Go watch Oprah. You cannot handle the NFL

  12. Chemistry’s important. The Vikings, who made it to the conference championship with Keenum, spent $84 million on an “upgrade” and two years later haven’t made it any further than they did before – in fact they’ve generally gotten the same or worse results overall.

    Individual talent can’t just be transplanted with an expectation of the same outcome. Unless every aspect of the Titans is run as well as every aspect of the Patriots, and the chemistry between all those elements and the QB is as sound as it is with the Patriots, the outcomes will differ. And almost certainly be worse.

  13. rfkimball says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:21 pm
    Brady has never even advanced to a Super Bowl as a Wildcard. He needs a bye or he can’t do it. It’s the bye that gives his coach the advantage he needs. I’d take most QB’s over him the next two years. Cue the excuses in three, two, one

    We do not make excuses in New England. We win Super Bowls. Brady won 17 of 19 division title. The wild card is beneath him. Your Brady envy has turned you into a whining excuse making little girl. Go watch Oprah. You cannot handle the NFL
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    Why can’t I handle the NFL? Is it because I said a truth about your golden boy? It’s the Patriots Defense that wins those games, Brady just doesn’t lose it for them. So you can’t handle the NFL. It will be fun when the Pats suck again. Sooner than later I think. Hahaha

  14. If there’s still some Tom Brady left in Tom Brady then yeah we should be looking into it. But Brady did not look good last season. Father time is likely finally catching up to him. It wasn’t all due his perceived lack of weapons. Add to that the changing of systems and it just doesn’t add up to me.

  15. Brady does not fit Nashville TN, sorry. I just don’t see cowboy boots wearing locals embracing UGG boots wearing QB. The Los Angeles Chargers make more sense for Brady.

  16. I hate the Pats but I’d take Brady over most starters right now because he can still run an offense, especially if he’s protected.
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    No, Tom Brady, now and always, can ONLY run an offense if he’s protected. He’s exclusively a pocket passer – Ryan Tannehill is a stud athlete who can run really well and can extend plays.

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