The Tennessee Titans have made a quarterback switch, going from Ryan Tannehill to rookie Will Levis for the rest of the season.
The change has occurred as a result of Tannehill spraining his ankle back in Week 6 and the young Levis looking more than capable filling in for him.
Tannehill is not exactly happy about being benched, but he is maintaining a good attitude throughout the process.
“It is hard,” Tannehill said, via Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ team website. “I have never been in this situation before. So, it hits hard, and it’s never a situation that anyone wants to be in. But it’s the situation that I’m in, and I have to walk through it. [Will] has done some good things obviously. He came in and played well … and I’m going to be here to answer any questions he might have and help him out along the way.”
Tannehill was not exactly playing well prior to the injury, either.
In six starts this season, the veteran has thrown for 1,128 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 62 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 71.9.
Tannehill, who played his collegiate football at Texas A&M, was originally selected by the Miami Dolphins with the eighth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
He spent the first seven years of his career with the Dolphins before joining the Titans in 2019. Tannehill revitalized his career in Tennessee, making the Pro Bowl in his very first season with the club. That year, Tannehill led the league in passer rating, posting a 117.5 rating over 10 starts.
The 35-year-old then threw 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2020.
However, since then, Tannehill’s production has dissipated, and now, it seems pretty clear that the Titans need to go in another direction. Tannehill will be a free agent this coming offseason, so he will almost surely be playing elsewhere in 2024.
Tennessee is 3-5 on the year and will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.