Mike Vrabel describes Ryan Tannehill as an “amazing teammate” and believes that Malik Willis is not a problem

Mike Vrabel describes Ryan Tannehill as an "amazing teammate" and believes that Malik Willis is not a problem

When Ryan Tannehill replaced Marcus Mariota in the starting lineup in 2019, the Tennessee Titans became a different calibre of squad. Since his promotion to starter, Tannehill has been one of the league’s most efficient passers, but he’s also been a low-volume, low-risk, low-ceiling player in an offence built around Derrick Henry’s abilities.

His job is to prepare to help us win a bunch of games and and be a great teammate and help out,” Vrabel said Friday, per the Associated Press. “And I know that he’s going to do that. So that was not any sort of issue for me.”

The Titans won’t be able to keep running that offence indefinitely, and with Tannehill approaching his mid-30s, the team chose to drat a potential successor when it drafted Malik Willis in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Tannehill’s claim that it is not his role to mentor Willis blew out in the wake of that decision.

If you take a look at the full quote from Tannehill as opposed to what blew up on social media and TV, it actually tracks pretty closely with what his coach said.

That’s actually a pretty innocuous quote, all things considered. And Vrabel seems to think that inside the Titans facility, it was received that way.  I thought Ryan handled that very well,” Vrabel said. “I thought he was genuine. I thought he is authentic. And I know Ryan is a great teammate. Everybody here knows he’s a great teammate. And that is not his job.”

That’s part of being in a quarterback room, in the same room,” Tannehill said of teaching Willis the ropes. “We’re competing against each other, we’re watching the same tape, we’re doing the same drills. I don’t think it’s my job to mentor him, but if he learns from me along the way, then that’s a great thing.”

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