If it comes to who’s beginning under center for the Titans this season, there is no tumult at Tennessee: Marcus Mariota is the starter and Ryan Tannehill is not.
That’s the word out of Titans coach Mike Vrabel, who reiterated this weekend which Tannehill, whom Tennessee obtained in a trade from the Miami Dolphins, won’t be competing for starting snaps into training camp.
“His occupation as a backup — everybody’s job for a backup — would be to push the guy in front of him,” Vrabel said this weekend, per UPI. “To compete and try to make yourself and attempt to make the team and find out how everybody reacts.”
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This season will probably be Tannehill as a backup QB. He was frequently on the seat in Miami but because of injury instead of performance reasons. Drafted by Miami overall in the 2012 draft, Tannehill started 77 games before being felled with a torn ACL to start his career. The Dolphins, under new direction, moved on from Tannehill that this offseason, sending him to Tennessee and replacing him with Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The former Fins starter has said this offseason that transitioning to a backup function was”definitely tough at times,” but he is acclimating well to carrying a back seat to Mariota.
“I believe there’s a great deal of mutual respect between us,” Tannehill said in late May. “I’m going to try and help Marcus as far as I can. I think Marcus has done exactly the same for me.”
Even though Mariota’s starting job is not immediately threatened by Tannehill’s presence, the Titans franchise QB is on a short leash this year. Mariota is entering the fifth and last year of his rookie deal without an assurance that he will find a new contract in the club.
The former second overall pick has dealt with injuries and fought with unsteady play over the last four seasons, such as Tannehill. Mariota sat out the last two games of this 2018 campaign with a stinger, ceding responsibilities to usher Tennessee to the postseason to Blaine Gabbert. The Titans couldn’t get the job done, dropping their season finale into the rival Indianapolis Colts at home on”Sunday Night Football.”
The exchange for Tannehill seemed a direct response to the pain of the conclusion of last season. Tennessee wanted better Mariota insurance, for this year and possibly a Mariota-less season 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, if the presence of a longtime starting signal-caller supporting a franchise appeared like Mariota will complicate things at Titans camp remains to be seen.
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