Mike Vrabel: Ryan Tannehill is a great teammate whose job is to help us win games

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Titans veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill caused a debate May 3 after he said it wasn’t his job to mentor rookie Malik Willis. Critics called Tannehill a bad teammate.

Others agreed with Tannehill, questioning why anyone in any profession should be expected to groom an apprentice to take his or her job.

Willis wasn’t going to get pulled into the argument Friday. He downplayed Tannehill’s comment, at first joking about it before insisting that everything is “cool” between the new teammates. Willis even pointed out that Tannehill had the rookies to his house last week as a welcome to the team.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel chimed in, agreeing with Tannehill. Vrabel said Tannehill is the starting quarterback, not a mentor or a coach.

“His job is to prepare to help us win a bunch of games and and be a great teammate and help out,” Vrabel said Friday via Teresa Walker of the Associated Press. “And I know that he’s going to do that. So that was not any sort of issue for me.”

Vrabel said no one inside the building was upset about Tannehill’s comment.

“I thought Ryan handled that very well,” Vrabel said. “I thought he was genuine. I thought he is authentic. And I know Ryan is a great teammate. Everybody here knows he’s a great teammate. And that is not his job.”

13 responses to “Mike Vrabel: Ryan Tannehill is a great teammate whose job is to help us win games

  1. Tannehill has led the Titans deep into the playoffs, and the Titans have been one of the top teams since he’s become their QB. Malik Willis was like the 20th player picked in the 3rd round. Had the Titans not picked him after every team had already passed him up multiple times, it’s anyone’s guess what round he would have eventually gone in. Maybe the 4th or 5th. Regardless, a QB drafted as late as Willis is just trying to make the roster. I don’t think he would have lasted that late if teams thought he could be a starter in the NFL. So Tannehill’s job is to continue to keep knocking on the super bowl’s door, until he breaks it down. They’ve been getting awful close. His job isn’t to coach the guys competing for the 2nd and 3rd string job, although he’s the type of kid who would be the most helpful to a young kid coming in. Both on and off the field.

  2. “His job is to prepare to help us win a bunch of games and and be a great teammate and help out

    But not to mentor or be a gracious teammate to our powerfully armed but raw QB , which will really “unite” our locker room , particularly after a soul crushing playoff upset to the Bengals, a team we sacked NINE times.

    there. fixed it.

  3. Ryan Tannehill leads and produces the most when he manages the offense by minimizing the turnovers and distributing/facilitating the ball to his playmakers. When Ryan stays within the realm of his own natural abilities the Titans win football games.

  4. It is no football player’s job to mentor anyone.

    You wouldn’t train the worker that is after your job.

    A team spends money on a coaching staff. Let them earn it.

  5. The casual fan always has a strange take on this. A coaches job is to coach. A player’s job is to play. Not play AND coach. Why is this so controversial?

  6. For all those that run up his performance in the playoffs he is record is 2-3. They act like he is 0-10.

  7. Tannehill may have been right, or he may have been wrong. But his reaction was fear based. There’s no doubt about that.

    Being a good teammate to a younger player who is in the same position room with you IS mentoring that player. He could’ve just said “Heck yeah, can’t wait to have the kid in the QBs room” and none of this would’ve happened. But he couldn’t help but get reactive on the subject. He’s afraid.

  8. There is a reason why Tannehill was signed as a cheap FA to be a backup

  9. Hes still the Same guy who use to pick on practice squad guys in Miami after they picked him off and made him look bad.

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