Eddie George believes that his former team in the Tennessee Titans have the look of a playoff team, thanks to Ryan Tannehill’s resurgence as a quarterback.
Former Tennessee Titans legendary running back and Heisman Trophy winner with the Ohio State Buckeyes Eddie George is a man of many talents. The four-time Pro Bowler has embarked on an acting career and after his incredible football playing career came to a close. George plays Mortimer in Motke Dapp’s Another Version of You, a fantasy parallel universe rom-com flick.
George spoke with FanSided‘s Mark Carman about how his Titans have started to turn it around of late. He believes that the Titans now have the look of a playoff team, thanks in large part to head coach Mike Vrabel’s always-steady defense, newfound consistency in the running game with Derrick Henry and of course, the great play of late out of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
“I think now that he has a second chance, he’s living a parallel life, so to speak, from Miami to Nashville,” said George of Tannehill. “He has a chance to really recover, regroup and resurrect his career. And you can see it in every snap that he plays in. He plays as if it’s his last snap because it could very well be that…He’s given this team an identity and a true leadership spirit.”
Tannehill is 4-1 as the Titans starting quarterback since taking over for an ineffective Marcus Mariota this season. He had spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. We are seeing the best football of Tannehill’s career up to this point. He’s a big reason the Titans are playing so well.
When asked if the Titans have a playoff feel to them, George would offer this, “They’re still in it, they can still win the division. They still have two more games left with Houston. They have a game this week that they could split with Indianapolis if they win…I mean, it’s going to be an uphill battle for sure, but I think the Titans have an opportunity to shock a lot of people.”
In short, they’re playing excellent football at the right time. They haven’t peaked too early, but are certainly trending up these last several weeks. George believes that Vrabel has his team completely bought-in and is the biggest reason for the Titans’ success.
“Amy Adams Strunk and Jon Robinson brought him in, believed in his ability to galvanize his team to bring in the right people in terms of coordinators,” said George on Vrabel. “He’s done that, he’s surrounded himself with the right people. Now he’s delivering the message.”
The Titans have played great defense all year and now playing with confidence on the offensive side of the ball with Tannehill in at quarterback. Getting to 7-5 with a road win over the Indianapolis Colts will certainly have the Titans in the mix to win the AFC South. It won’t be easy, but the Titans are certainly capable of it with the way they have played as a football team of late.
With Tannehill thriving in his second chance at being an NFL franchise quarterback, he has made a Titans great in George a believer. If Tennessee keeps winning, perhaps we will all be believers in the Titans and the power that comes from second chances.
Eddie George spoke with FanSided on behalf of Motke Dapp’s Another Version of You. It is now available for VOD/streaming and iTunes pre-order.