Tennessee Titans: What Starting Ryan Tannehill Means Moving Forward

The Tennessee Titans have decided to make a quarterback change heading into Week 7. Tennessee is 2-4 so far this season and Head Coach Mike Vrabel feels like they are underachieving. Because of it, Vrabel has decided to start Ryan Tannehill in favor of Marcus Mariota.

The Titans will play the Los Angeles Chargers at home on Sunday. Los Angeles is also 2-4 so far this season. Tennessee has a talented roster. They have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but the offense has been putrid because of quarterback play.


The Dolphins acquired Tannehill in a trade this past offseason. He came in the game for the Tennessee Titans in a 16-0 loss against the Denver Broncos on Sunday on the road.

Ryan Tannehill completed 13-of-16 passes for 144 yards and one interception. He also rushed for six yards on one carry.

Marcus Mariota completed 7-of-18 passes for 63 yards and two interceptions. He also rushed for four yards on two carries.

So far this season, Mariota has completed, 94-of-159 passes for 1,179 yards seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He has also rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries.

This is the perfect time for them to make a quarterback change. They are two games back of the Houston Texans for first place in the AFC South. The AFC Wild Card positioning is not that strong either and the Oakland Raiders currently own the sixth seed in the AFC with a 3-2 record.

With Marcus Mariota being benched, it is very possible that the Tennessee Titans will get a head start on finding their next franchise quarterback through the draft.

Some of the key prospects they could draft in April is Joe Burrow from LSU, Jacob Eason from the University of Washington, and Jacob Fromm from Georgia University.

Tua Tagovailoa from the University of Alabama and Justin Herbert from the University of Oregon will probably be already drafted by the time the Tennessee Titans draft.

Mariota has an expiring contract at the end of the season. It is possible that some teams try to trade for him. A few teams that could trade for him is the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chicago Bears, the New England Patriots, the Los Angeles Chargers, and the Cincinnati Bengals.

I don’t think any of those teams would give up a 1st, 2nd, or a 3rd round pick for him. They would give up a pick in the later rounds and it might even be a conditional pick.

Tennessee is going to benefit from this move in the long run. At the beginning of the season, I thought this team was going to win the AFC South because of the retirement for Andrew Luck.

Another couple of reasons why I thought they were going to win the division is because of how average the Jacksonville Jaguars were and I thought the Houston Texans were going to be one of the worst teams in the NFL because of their defense, but Deshaun Watson and an improved offensive line has them sniffing the playoffs once again this season.

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