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Ryan Tannehill named AFC offensive player of the week for Week 14

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill is rolling since taking over as the starter. We break down what it means moving forward with his contract.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill of the Tennessee Titans looks to pass the ball in the second half against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on December 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill continued his resurgent 2019 in Week 15, throwing for 391 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The performance in a critical win over the Oakland Raiders was enough to earn him AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14.

Tannehill is on an impressive roll since taking over as starting quarterback, and has gotten hotter over the past three weeks. Dating back to Week 12, he joined Aaron Rodgers as the only players to complete at least 75 percent of their passes with a passer rating of 130 or higher (minimum 10 attempts) in three consecutive games in a single season in NFL history.

It has now been eight games since Tannehill replaced Marcus Mariota in the starting lineup. With half a season under his belt, his numbers are on pace for 3,986 yards, a career high 30 touchdowns, and ten interceptions. Most important is that he is much more efficient, completing 73.4 percent of his passes. His career high completion percentage prior to this was 67.1 percent in 2016.

Tannehill is having a resurgence, with some crediting it to getting away from Adam Gase. Among quarterbacks with at least four starts this season, Tannehill is 13th in fantasy points per game. He ranks 13th in DYAR, sixth in DVOA, and 13th in QBR. The DYAR/DVOA split suggests more value per play than total value, which makes sense considering he didn’t move into the starting lineup until midseason.

Tannehill is a free agent after this season. He had one year left on his contract with the Miami Dolphins, but when they traded him, they restructured his deal to remove the final season. Earlier this month, Jason La Canfora reported that the team is considering using the franchise tag on him after this season. A week later, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported there has been discussion of a new contract and not just the franchise tag.

Whatever ends up happening, Tannehill looks like he will be back in Nashville next fall. He has outperformed Mariota and with Mariota in the final year of his contract, the decision could be easy for Tennessee.