Jon Robinson on Ryan Tannehill: A micro-evaluation over one game isn’t fair to any player

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The Titans were the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the postseason but had a quick exit in the divisional round with a 19-16 loss to the Bengals.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not perform well in that contest, tossing three interceptions — including one with 28 seconds left that set the Bengals up for a game-winning field goal.

That performance prompted some to question if Tennessee should look for an upgrade at quarterback. But General Manager Jon Robinson doesn’t seem to be looking at going down that route.

“I think Ryan is a leader, I think Ryan is tough, I think Ryan has made a lot of great plays for us,” Robinson said at the Senior Bowl, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s website. “He is our quarterback. I don’t know that there is a quarterback who stands in the pocket and looks down the barrel of a blitz and throws the ball as good as he does. I know he works extremely hard, loves his teammates, is competitive. He’s played a lot of good football.

“To have a micro-evaluation over one game is not fair to any player. I think you have to look at the scope of the body of work, and what he has done for this football team since he has been here.”

Since Tannehill took over as Tennessee’s QB1 midway through the 2019 season, the Titans have gotten to the postseason each year. But while they made it to the AFC Championship game in 2019, the Titans have been one-and-done in each of the last two seasons after winning the AFC South.

Tannehill has compiled a 30-13 regular-season record as a starter with Tennessee, completing 67 percent of his passes for 10,295 yards with 76 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.

6 responses to “Jon Robinson on Ryan Tannehill: A micro-evaluation over one game isn’t fair to any player

  1. One week later, that same Bengals defense made Patrick Mahomes look ordinary.

  2. If Derrick Henry is healthy and at full strength most defenses safeties have to help in run support. This puts the WRs in single coverage and Tannehill (like most NFL level QBs) can look pretty good and be effective. When Henry is not in the game and teams can play zone, double some WRs and blitz Tannehill looks the same as he did in Miami.

  3. Tannehill has progressively declined each season that he’s been with the Titans, not just in the season, but in the playoffs as well.

    He’s getting older and probably not going to get better.

  4. “Tannehill has compiled a 30-13 regular-season record as a starter with Tennessee, completing 67 percent of his passes for 10,295 yards with 76 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.”

    Not much wrong with that stat line … it looks pretty solid.

    BUT, the Titans are going to start looking for a replacement and have their QB room continually looking over its shoulder? The grass ain’t always greener over there ….

  5. He’s a solid QB but you have to have a lot around him to win a Super Bowl. In his head he’s an elite QB because he throws for a lot of yards and can run,so when he gets in tight situations he tries to make a play and he turns the ball over. Then he has that problem of throwing the ball to the receivers body instead of placing in in front of his route. He got Miami receivers destroyed with big hits doing that. It’s a problem he still hasn’t fixed.

  6. Not sure why I received so many thumbs down, go look at the stats for yourself and watch Titans games.

    Tannehill falls apart with the game on the line.

    During the season:

    His rating went from 117.5 in 2019, to 106.5 in 2020, to 89.6 in 2021.
    His TD/INT ration went from 22/6 in 2019, to 33/7 in 2020, to 21/14 in 2021.
    His YPA went from 9.6, to 7.9, to 7.0.
    His YPC went from 13.6, to 12.1, to 10.5

    During the playoffs:

    His rating went from 98.5, to 83.0, to 66.7
    He went from a 5/1 TD/INT ratio to 1/1, to 1/3

    Was it 100% his fault? No. Our offensive coordinator calls horrible games. However, Tannehill had the ball in his hands with the game on the line and made horrendous decisions.

    I fully expect the Titans to roll with Tanne again in 2022 mainly because they have to. They fully guaranteed his contract and no one else is going to want him.

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