These three NFL starting quarterbacks played badly enough this week to merit being benched.
While quarterback play was pretty good across the board in the NFL this week, there are always a few who hold the rest of the league back.
The theme this week is what happens when the weather starts to change. The ball can be a little bit more challenging to hold onto. There is also a more conservative approach to play-calling, meaning offenses will go more ground-control as a result. Though this can help, it also magnifies each and every mistake a quarterback ends up making with limited opportunities available for him.
If three quarterbacks deserve to ride pine next week, these three can go hold a clipboard.
NFL Week 11: 3 starting quarterbacks who deserve to be benched
QB Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill was a turnover machine vs. the Houston Texans on Sunday
While he is not getting benched, Ryan Tannehill was an unmitigated disaster for the Tennessee Titans this week. He could not stop turning the football over. Tannehill put the ball on the ground twice. Though neither fumble was recovered by the opposition, he still threw four interceptions to the Houston Texans defense. Tannehill is the reason the Titans lost to the Texans in Nashville.
This horrendous performance by Tannehill feels like an anomaly in Titans uniform. He has rarely played this bad since coming over to Tennessee in 2019. However, this was an atrocious division loss there are no excuses for it. With the Indianapolis Colts playing better football of late, you cannot drop a game at home to a bottom-feeder like Houston under any circumstances. What a debacle!
The shame in it all is the Titans defense played very well. They allowed only 190 yards of offense to Tyrod Taylor and the Texans. Still, Tennessee lost a totally winnable game 22-13 because Tannehill could not have been more reckless with the football. At 8-3, Tennessee is a virtual lock to make the AFC playoffs. However, this totally hurts their chances of getting home-field advantage.
Simply put, Tannehill played like he was still the quarterback for the Adam Gase Miami Dolphins.