Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill revealed he went seeked a professional help after a playoff loss from this past postseason put him a dark spot. The Titans made some notable acquisitions last offseason, most notably adding Julio Jones.
The Titans, who also have All-Pro running back Derrick Henry, entered the playoffs with big expectations. The Titans were aiming a Super Bowl trip but their hopes of winning the Lombardi Trophy were short-lived as they suffered a 19-16 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round.
Tannehill didn't impress in that game as his three interceptions proved to be costly for the Titans. "It's a deep scar," Tannehill said of the loss, per ESPN. "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."
Tannehill: I absolutely needed a therapy
"This is the first time that I absolutely needed it [therapy] to pull me out of a dark space," Tannehill added. This offseason, the Titans made some big changes to their roster.
First, they cut Jones after just one year. Last week during the draft, the Titans traded A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Egles. Tannehill admitted it was hard for him to see Brown gone. "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 terrible that night and kept thinking it was just a bad dream, but that's where we're at." Also, Tannehill reflected on the Titans' decision to draft Malik Willis during this past NFL draft.
When asked if he was open to mentoring and giving some tips to Willis, Tannehill delivered a response that left many stunned. "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."
Tannehill failing to deliver in last year's playoff may have put him on the clock as the Titans seem to be sending him a message. If Tannehill fails to play well last season and shows struggles that hampered him at times in 2021, the Titans could very turn to Willis.
Many were surprised by the fact that Willis fell that late in the draft and that he was available to the Titans in the third round. One thing is for sure - the Titans drafted Willis for a reason.