Ryan Tannehill Needed Lots of Time, a Little Therapy to Get Over Playoff Defeat


NASHVILLE – Ryan Tannehill took the Tennessee Titans’ playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in January hard. Really hard.

The veteran quarterback said he engaged in therapy over a period of weeks to help him deal with the 19-16 defeat, a game in which he threw three interceptions. He was picked off on his first pass of the contest as well the last, which came with 28 seconds to play and ended any opportunity his team had to rally in front of a sellout crowd at Nissan Stadium.

“It’s a scar, 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 didn’t get a whole lot of sleep for weeks and weeks after the game. I was in a dark place, and it took me a while, and a lot of work to get out of it. It wasn’t something that went away easily, and it’s still a scar I’ll carry with me throughout the rest of my life.”