Let’s finally wipe the slate clean over LA Rams QB Jared Goff

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Beware the Tannehill experience

Tenessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was the eighth selected player in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. While he did not enjoy the same win-loss record as Rams quarterback Jared Goff, his first six seasons with the Miami Dolphins were good enough, but not spectacular.

In truth, his six seasons with the Dolphins resulted in a 42-46 record with his completing 1829 passes out of 2911 attempts (62.8 percent completion rate) for 20,434 yards 123 touchdowns, and 75 interceptions. During that same period, he rushed 248 times for 1210 yards, six touchdowns, and 52 fumbles. But by 2019, the Dolphins believed that they had seen enough, and placed Tannehill on the trading block.

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Titans scoop Tannehill up

The Tenessee Titans were more than happy to surrender a 2019 seventh-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick for Tannehill and the Dolphins’ 2019 sixth-round pick. They were having their own struggles with starting quarterback Marcus Mariotta, and adding Tannehill would be at least a great backup. But Tannehill, like most elite quarterbacks, simply needed time for everything to ‘click’.

In just two seasons with the Tenessee Titans, Ryan Tannehill is 18-8, including 2-2 in the NFL Playoffs.  He has completed 516 of 767 passes (67.3 percent completion rate) for 6,561 yards, 55 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.  He has also rushed 86 times for 451 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 12 fumbles. Was the difference all about a quarterback friendlier offense?

While that may be a contributing factor, most NFL quarterbacks do not start to produce at an elite level until 6-10 years into the NFL.  Right now, Jared Goff is completing his fifth NFL season. If the Rams do as so many fans urge them to do, they will get a day three draft pick for a quarterback who can lead a team deep into the playoffs.