By John Glennon
Driving to the Titans' facility on the morning of Sept. 29th, quarterback Ryan Tannehill paused to take a phone call from his wife, Lauren.
Her words came as a shock to him: “Your work just got shut down.”
“Really?” said a surprised Tannehill, who'd missed an earlier team message to the same effect.
The exact details of what transpired over the next several hours – and what directives were handed down from the team, the NFL and the NFL Players' Association – remain murky today.
But after hearing at long last from the Titans on Saturday afternoon, we at least got a glimpse into the mindset of the team when the facility was shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak, one that had already sidelined defensive play-caller Shane Bowen and four players.
Let's remember there had been no mention at that point of postponing the Titans' game against Pittsburgh, a contest that loomed just five days away.
So what went through the mind of a quarterback and team captain -- a player expected to lead his team in times of crisis – when presented with the challenge of preparing the Titans in unprecedented times? Just what one might expect: Find a way to make sure the team, or in his case the offensive skill players, stayed ready.
“Our game was still scheduled to be played on Sunday,” Tannehill said. “So . . .
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