Thanks to a first round playoff bye for the top-seeded Titans, Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill had the weekend off. But if you thought he spent his free weekend searching for his mojo, you thought wrong.
Turns out, he’s had it the whole time.
“Contrary to popular belief, I feel like I never lost it,” Tannehill told the media late last week.
Tannehill, 33, started all 17 games for the Titans this season and threw for more than 3,700 yards with 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In Week Eighteen, Tannehill tied a career high with four touchdown passes that helped Tennessee defeat Houston and clinch the top spot in the AFC.
Not surprisingly, the quarterback’s numbers dipped slightly after superstar running back Derrick Henry was hurt in Week Eight. But the struggles didn’t last long, and Tannehill closed the regular season with seven touchdowns and no interceptions over the final three regular season games – all wins.
Downing: I've definitely never doubted (Ryan Tannehill), nor will I…I'm sure those same people that have been critical of him are critical of me…he's been steady in his approach.
— Buck Reising (@BuckReising) January 11, 2022
Offensive coordinator Todd Downing says his confidence in Tannehill never wavered.
“I’ve definitely never doubted him, nor will I,” Downing insists. “I think Ryan has been just a great example of just staying steady in his business-like approach to things. We believe that will pay off and continue to propel us where we want to go.”
Downing’s support and his own late-season hot streak have Tannehill primed for the postseason: “I felt good all season and I think we’ve done some good things here the last few weeks to catch our stride a little bit.”
That stride has led them to the postseason for the third-straight year, with their eyes set once again on a Super Bowl victory.
“The reason we play this game is to go win a championship. It’s the reason I play. I’m chasing after it, year after year, day after day,” added Tannehill.
For this season at least, he’ll bring his mojo along for the chase.
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