By John Glennon
Compared to the past seven years of his career, Ryan Tannehill has hardly had to dust off his uniform this season.
One of the five most sacked quarterbacks in the league since he entered the NFL in 2012, Tannehill has been dropped behind the line just five times this season. That figure is not only tied for best among NFL quarterbacks who’ve started at least five games, but it represents a huge turnaround for both the Titans and Tannehill from last year.
“It’s certainly (a stat) that’s trending in the right direction,” Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith said. “We’ve just got to keep it going.”
Titans fans would probably like to forget what a nightmare 2019 was when it came to surrendering sacks, as the team allowed 56 – the third-highest figure in the league. Marcus Mariota was sacked 22 times in the first five games alone last season, 25 times in all. But Tannehill spent plenty of time on the turf as well in 2019. He was sacked 31 times in 10.5 games, buried behind the line on nearly 10 percent of his pass attempts.
So just how is it that the Titans have all but eliminated the sack issue so far in 2020?