Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill finds himself in a new role as a backup following the recent decision to promote rookie Will Levis as the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. Tannehill expressed his sentiments on this change during a Wednesday interview, acknowledging the challenge of this uncharted territory in his career.
“I’m feeling the impact,” Tannehill admitted, reflecting on his unique position. “I’ve never encountered a situation like this before, and it’s not a scenario anyone desires, but it’s the reality I’m currently facing.”
Tannehill revealed that Titans head coach Mike Vrabel had informed him of the quarterback switch on Monday, with the official team announcement coming the following Tuesday in the days since Tannehill has been working to process his emotions and mentally adjust to his new backup role while also resuming practice after a hiatus due to a right high ankle sprain suffered in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens.
His primary focus now revolves around regaining full health. Tannehill has gradually increased his on-field activities, although Vrabel mentioned they will evaluate his capabilities before determining whether he will share scout-team reps with Malik Willis.
Despite the disappointment of losing his starting position, Tannehill maintains a professional attitude and a commitment to supporting Levis in his new role. “I’m here to answer any questions he has and provide assistance along the way,” Tannehill emphasized, emphasizing his willingness to collaborate with the rookie quarterback.
Levis, in turn, praised Tannehill’s approach, commending the manner in which the veteran quarterback has maintained professionalism and offered assistance. “During practice yesterday, he did a great job of stepping in and assuring me that the reps, even at the start of practice with the first team, were mine,” Levis noted. “I didn’t want to overstep, but he proactively reached out to me, making it clear that this was my moment. It was a cool gesture.”