Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a double winner in the Pro Football Writers Association’s annual awards.
Tannehill was named PFWA’s Comeback Player of the Year for 2019 and also was voted its Most Improved Player for the current season as well.
Tannehill, a 2012 first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins, was acquired in a trade by Titans general manager Jon Robinson along with a sixth-round pick in exchange for a fourth-round pick and a seventh-round pick. In addition, his contract was reworked to have Miami pick up $5 million of his salary that was due this season.
When the Titans acquired the veteran quarterback, he was brought in to serve as a backup to starter Marcus Mariota, who had battled through several injuries in his first four seasons and missed a potential playoff-clinching season finale against the Indianapolis Colts in 2018.
Tannehill had a strong camp and preseason, but the Titans remained committed to Mariota as the starter. That is, until the Titans got off to a 2-4 start and the offense sputtered for most of the five games after a season-opening win in Cleveland.
Mariota struggled in a shutout loss to the Denver Broncos in October, and Coach Mike Vrabel replaced him Tannehill in that game, then announced that he would take over as the starter the following week against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Under Tannehill’s direction, the Titans offense blossomed. The veteran finished the season with a league best 117.5 passer rating and also led the NFL in yards per attempt (9.6) and finished with a 70.3 completion percentage. Tannehill completed 201 of 286 passes for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Tannehill led the Titans to a 7-3 regular season record in his 10 starts, plus two more wins in the postseason to put the Titans in the AFC Championship Game Sunday at Kansas City.