With the 8th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Ryan Timothy Tannehill III. In 7 seasons with the Dolphins, Tannehill went 42-46 record. He also led them to one playoff game which he missed due to injury. The win and loss totals aren’t impressive, but Tannehill’s 87.0 career passer rating boosts a career that was pretty mediocre.
Thank you to the fans, my teammates, and the Dolphins organization for the last seven years. I’ve experienced some of the greatest blessings of my life in South Florida, and also faced some challenges that made me the man I am today. Grateful for it all 🙏🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/XEuR6ZnzSJ— Ryan Tannehill (@ryantannehill1) March 15, 2019
The Dolphins traded Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans for a 6th and 7th rounder in the 2019 draft. They also received a 4th round pick in the 2020 draft. For the Dolphins, moving on from Tannehill was bittersweet but it was time to shift the energy. After trading Tannehill, the Dolphins got another Ryan; Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Last season Fitzpatrick led the NFL in the most 400 yard passing games with four. He also led the league in yards per attempt (9.6), and yards per completion (14.4). Fitzpatrick also has 13 game winning drives. Can you say upgrade? We shall see.
What Tannehill brings to Tennessee
The Titans entered this offseason concerned about the nerve damage Mariota has been experiencing in his throwing arm. The injury sidelined him for two games last season. There were also two games that Mariota had to exit early due to the injury.
How is his arm feeling now?
Titans GM Jon Robinson said “He’s feeling good and working out. Marcus is moving around and throwing. He’ll be back before the appointed time and get some work in” per Turron Davenport of ESPN.
Acquiring Tannehill was a great addition for the Titans and here’s why; their offense struggled mightily when Mariota went out with injury. Tannehill adds depth to this team and he also brings something they’ve never had; a competitive edge to push Mariota.
While Tennessee has made it clear that Mariota is the starter, they can breathe easier knowing they have a solid backup. Tannehill brings experience to this team. He’s passed for over 20,400 yards and thrown 123 touchdowns. He also has 13 game winning drives under his belt.
The Tannehill era in Miami is over but in Tennessee, it’s just beginning.