Titans’ QB Ryan Tannehill on Being a Backup: “Tough at Times”

Ryan Tannehill with the Dolphins. Photo by Joe Toth/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

At the beginning of 2018, quarterback Ryan Tannehill was the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins and had the opportunity to show that he was still a franchise player. After another inconsistent season, however, Tannehill was shipped to Tennessee Titans and now awaits the next NFL season as Marcus Mariota’s backup.

“It’s definitely tough at times,” – Tannehill told reporters when asked about the transition. “But Marcus is great to work with. The staff here, Marcus, the quarterback room is really great, and when you work with good people — great people — and you’re all aligned in this thing together trying to win football games, it definitely helps with that transition. But there are some things that are tough about it, but kinds of goes along with it.”

This will be the first time that Ryan Tannehill is a backup in his NFL career. He was drafted eighth overall by the Dolphins in 2012 and immediately got the starting job. When Tannehill didn’t start in the previous seven years, it was mostly due to injuries.

“When you’re the starter, there are certain things that you’re able to do as far as leading and stuff like that,” – he added. “So, really having to kind of take a step back in a leadership role I would say is the toughest role for me. You work at it for so many years, growing leadership and all that, then having to take a step back and really have a back seat is tough, really tough at times.”

During his time with Miami, Tannehill played a total of 88 games while compiling 42-46 record. He completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 20,434 passing yards and 123 touchdowns.