If it comes to who is starting under center for the Titans this year, there’s no tumult in Tennessee: Marcus Mariota is the newcomer and Ryan Tannehill isn’t.
That is the word out of Titans coach Mike Vrabel, who reiterated that this weekend which Tannehill, whom Tennessee acquired in a trade from the Miami Dolphins, won’t be competing for starting snaps into training camp.
“His occupation as a copy — everybody’s occupation for a backup — would be to push the man in front of him,” Vrabel said this weekend, per UPI. “To compete and attempt to make yourself and attempt to make the team better and see how everybody responds.”
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This season will probably be Tannehill’s first as a QB. He was frequently on the seat in Miami but due to harm instead of performance reasons. Drafted by Miami eighth overall in the 2012 draft, Tannehill began 77 straight games to start his career. The Dolphins, under new direction, moved on from Tannehill this offseason, shipping him to Tennessee and substituting him with Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The former Fins starter has said this offseason that transitioning to a backup function has been”definitely tough occasionally,” but that he is acclimating well to taking a back seat to Mariota.
“I think there’s a lot of mutual respect between us,” Tannehill said in late May. “I’m going to attempt to assist Marcus as far as I can. I believe Marcus has done the same for me”
Though Mariota’s starting job isn’t immediately threatened by Tannehill’s existence, the Titans franchise QB is on a short leash this season. Mariota is entering the fifth and last year of his rookie deal without an assurance he will get a new contract from the club.
The former second overall pick has dealt with injuries and fought with unsteady play throughout the previous four seasons, like Tannehill. Mariota sat out the last two games of this 2018 campaign using a stinger, ceding responsibilities to usher Tennessee to the postseason into Blaine Gabbert. The Titans couldn’t get the task done, dropping their season finale to the rival Indianapolis Colts at home on”Sunday Night Football.”
The trade for Tannehill seemed a direct reply to the pain of the conclusion of last season. Tennessee wanted better Mariota insurance, for this year and perhaps a Mariota-less year in the near future, and Tannehill had the bona fides.
Tennessee is hoping Tannehill flips a change in Mariota at the latter’s contract . However, whether the existence of a longtime starting signal-caller behind a franchise quarterback like Mariota will complicate things at Titans camp remains to be seen.
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