We are officially in Mental Health Awareness Month, which runs from May 1st to May 31st.
Ryan Tannehill led the Titans to earn the No. 1 AFC seed in last season’s NFL playoffs. However, his team lost 19–16 in the divisional round to the Bengals. On Tuesday, he spoke to reporters and expressed that the game left him in a “dark place” for weeks.
“It’s a deep scar,“ Tannehill said. “It was a lot of sleepless nights. Every time I closed my eyes, I was rewatching the game in my head. I was in a dark place, it took me a while and a lot of work to get out of it. It wasn’t something that went away easily. It’s a scar I’ll carry with me the rest of my life.”
The quarterback completed 15 of 24 attempts for 220 yards while Bengals’ young stud Joe Burrow had 28 completions on 37 attempts for 348 yards. A game-winning field goal made by Bengals kicker Evan McPherson sealed the win for Cincinnati.
Tannehill, who finished the 2021 season with 3,734 yards, said that he felt like his divisional round performance was below his standard.
In the aftermath, the 33-year-old said he had to seek therapy to help him get through the tough time.
“At this point, I can look back at it, recognize it for what it was and learn from it and move on,” Tannehill said.
The Titans just might be moving on without him after they drafted QB Malik Willis and never informed Tannehill before the decision was made. The 2022 season is a very important year for Tannehill, and he’ll have to get it done without AJ Brown, who was traded to the Eagles.
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