The Tennesse Titans star QB Ryan Tannehill shocks many with his latest response regarding rookie QB Malik Willis, reported Turron Davenport for ESPN. Tannehill has been on the trading block especially after losing to Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round, 19-16. While the Titans’ defense came to play, Ryan Tannehill disappointed many Titan fans by throwing three interceptions in that game.
Tannehill openly admits he sought therapy after taking as much scrutiny as he did for underperforming. He’s finally in a place to put the game in his past and learn from his mistakes. Many are hopeful that Brooklyn Nets PG Ben Simmons can do the same, nonetheless, Tannehill was able to look himself in the mirror and realize that he wasn’t okay.
“It’s a deep scar,” Tannehill said of the loss. “Every time I closed my eyes I kind of rewatched the game. I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep for weeks. I was in a dark place, and it took me a while, a lot of work to get out of it.
“I’ve worked through it, but therapy, talking to people, time helped. It took a lot of work to get through it.”
Ryan Tannehill’s Mental Health
As aforementioned, Tannehill battled severe mental health issues after the playoff debacle. However, he moved past it and began to engage himself with the team and facilities. He’s beginning to start the process of moving forward and truly helping contribute to this team. Sadly, Tannehill realizes that this was the first time he felt he needed help because he couldn’t function properly.
“This is the first time that I absolutely needed it [therapy] to pull me out of a dark space,” Tannehill said.
Taking this into consideration, the dealing of abandonment and lost maybe played a factor in his latest comments regarding Malik Willis. He may have felt the team and coaches had given up on him. After the game, many rumors began to surface to go after the biggest FA this offseason Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers.
Naturally, this has fueled and motivated Tannehill more than ever. He is willing to do whatever it takes to get back on the field and prove doubters wrong.
“I don’t think it’s my job to mentor him,” Tannehill said. “But if he learns from me along the way, that’s a great thing.”
— PFF (@PFF) May 3, 2022
Seemingly, Ryan Tannehill is a bit frustrated with the organization for not notifying him about taking Willis in the third round of this year’s draft. Therefore, his frustration from being blindsided may result in disrespect or frustration amongst the possible competition.
Hall of Famer Kurt Warner was so upset by this mindset he offered his opinions on the matter as well, via Twitter.
“I will never understand the “I’m not here to mentor the next guy” mentality… so for all you young QBs that need a mentor, DM me & I’ll be that guy, happy to help in any way I can!”
Kurt Warner did not like Ryan Tannehill saying he doesn’t think it’s his job to mentor Malik Willis.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 4, 2022
Tannehill and Titans Miscommunication
He was also unaware of plans to trade his star WR A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles. Tannehill was so hurt that it affected his sleep. He emphasized that it felt as if he was losing one of his closest friends.
“I was shocked. When I first found out, I’m like, ‘This isn’t real, this isn’t happening, it’s a rumor,'” Tannehill said of the Brown trade. “And then, I talked to A.J. and found out it was real. I slept terribly that night and kept thinking it was just a bad dream, but that’s where we’re at.”