Titans’ Ryan Tannehill discusses ‘dark place’ he went after playoff loss to Bengals

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill spoke to reporters for the first time this offseason on Tuesday, and there was plenty to talk about. Over the past week, Tannehill has lost wide star AJ Brown, found an intriguing new weapon in Treylon Burks and now has a talented young quarterback behind him on the depth chart.

Tannehill talked a lot of everything that happened during the 2022 NFL Draft on Tuesday, but he also explained how the 2021 campaign ended, how it negatively affected his life and how it took more work than usual to prepare for this upcoming season.

Entering the playoffs in late January, the No. 1-seeded Titans had a first-round bye, home-court advantage and returned Derrick Henry from injury. Nashville was buzzing for the Cincinnati Bengals game. Although the defense sacked Joe Burrow nine times, Tannehill’s play made it difficult for Tennessee to advance to the next round as he completed 15 of 24 passes for 220 yards, a touchdown and three costly interceptions. Tannehill realized he had hurt his team’s chances of chasing a Super Bowl, and it’s something he believes will follow him for the rest of his life.

“It’s a scar, it’s a deep scar. It was a lot of sleepless nights. Every time I closed my eyes I saw the game in my head. I haven’t slept much for weeks and years. weeks after the game. . I was in a dark place, and it took me a long time and a lot of work to get out of it. It was not something that went easily, and that’s always a scar that I will carry with me throughout my life. Just like a cut on your arm, it begins as a wound. You can heal from it and it turns into a scar. It never leaves you, but it is always there and can call you back and now it’s It’s fuel for me It’s fuel for me to work and prepare with passion and to approach this season with a fire and a desire to win like I never never had one before.”

Tannehill said therapy was something that brought him out of his darkness, saying he had been in therapy for some time but this was the first time he “absolutely” needed it as he was trying to turn the page on season 12.

Tannehill was open and honest on the podium on Tuesday. A dramatic season turned into a dramatic offseason, and Tannehill knew he had to overcome some things.

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