Ryan Tannehill needed weeks of therapy to get him out of his “dark place” after postseason loss

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Ryan Tannehill still hasn’t gotten over the 19-16 loss to the Bengals in the divisional round of the postseason. The Titans quarterback played one of the worst games of his career, going 15-of-24 for 220 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.

The Bengals scored two field goals off Tannehill’s turnovers, including the game-winner on the final play.

Tannehill, though, has learned to live with what happened.

“It’s a deep scar,” Tannehill said Tuesday. “It was a lot of sleepless nights. Every time I closed my eyes I was rewatching the game in my head. Didn’t get a whole lot of sleep for weeks and weeks after the game. I was in a dark place. It took me awhile and a lot of work to get out of it. It wasn’t something that went away easily, and it’s still a scar I’ll carry with me throughout the rest of my life.

“Just like a cut on your arm. It starts ouff as a wound. You’re able to heal from it, and it turns into a scar. It never leaves you, but it’s always there, and it can remind you. It fuels me. It fuels me.”

Tannehill said he has sought therapy “for a little while now,” but this offseason marked the first time he really leaned on someone to help pull him out of a “dark space.”

“I’ve kind of worked through it,” Tannehill said. “Like I said, it’s a scar that sticks with me. Therapy, you know, talking to people. Time. All of the above. It was tough. It was tough. It’s not a situation you want to be in. You prepare so long and so hard to put yourself in that position to go chase your dreams, and to go out and play beneath the standard that I have for myself, it stunk. It hurt. A lot sleepless nights, a lot of reflecting, rewatching the game over and over in my head. But, yeah, it took a lot of work to get through it. It wasn’t a day. It wasn’t a week. It was weeks and weeks and weeks to get through it. A lot of sessions. At this point, I can look back at it and recognize it for what it was and learn from it and move on.”

9 responses to “Ryan Tannehill needed weeks of therapy to get him out of his “dark place” after postseason loss

  1. Though I’m not a Titans’ fan, I respect Tannehill, and I’m sorry to hear about the dark place he’s visited. I hope I’m wrong about this because I’d like to see Tannehill get another shot at a ring, but for some reason I’m thinking about Jake Delhomme and how he was never the same after his brutal playoff loss in 2009 when he doomed the Panthers with his six turnovers while losing to the Cardinals.

  2. That is big of him to admit he went to therapy, probably not a lot of players would admit that

  3. He should have just pulled a Biles and quit right there on the field, then he’d be a national hero.

  4. That’s gotta be tough. We as fans don’t give the players enough credit for what they do- the successful ones and the struggling ones. I ways say, if it were easy, everybody would do it. That’s just not true.

    Mayfield said something similar, but not quite that articulate. I hope he handles it. A few consecutive bad outings could mean the end for him. Willis has nothing to do with this issue.

  5. Tannehill did not have a great game but in his defense Derrick Henry was still not fully recovered from his foot injury. That was his Henry’s first game back since October. The Titans are not built to win without a strong rushing game and Tannehill was asked to do too much. The Bengals came into that game on a roll, with confidence and nothing to lose. They were loose and played like it. The Titans on the other hand were pressing as Henry was obviously not 100%. As the game wore on the Bengals gained confidence in knowing they could hang and very well win while the Titans started to get tight, play without their usual swagger and it showed. Burrow had been harassed all game and would never had his team in a position to win had Henry been at full speed.

  6. Oh cry me a river. There are people out there with real problems. They don’t have food or healthcare or a home and this millionaire is crying cause he lost at a damn game. Get some perspective people.

  7. Anyone who thinks they need help should seek it regardless of whatever their perception of suffering is.

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