The veteran play-caller said that it was not his role to mentor Willis who the team drafted in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
On one end, he does have a point because his main role is to help the team win games.
However, he is getting much pushback from his message.
Hall of Famer Kurt Warner indirectly responded to Tannehill by offering his time to any young quarterback that would need his assistance.
Likewise, former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III relayed a thought to Tannehill.
It’s not in @ryantannehill1 ‘s job description to mentor @malikwillis But as the Quarterback of the team, it is YOUR JOB to lead everybody. Saying you won’t help a young player adds unneeded tension to the locker room. Help the next guy and let your play decide who the future is. pic.twitter.com/lOy7ek7HRs
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 4, 2022
Griffin tweeted, “It’s not in @ryantannehill1‘s job description to mentor @malikwillis. But as the Quarterback of the team, it is YOUR JOB to lead everybody. Saying you won’t help a young player adds unneeded tension to the locker room. Help the next guy and let your play decide who the future is.”
He added, “Ryan Tannehill not wanting to mentor Malik Willis is a recipe for disaster. He needs to check his ego at the door because leadership comes with the cost of ego.”
Griffin played nine NFL seasons for the then-Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens.
Tannehill’s Words Are A Double-Edged Sword
His response will be subject for further debate as more NFL personalities give their take.
On one end, they might perceive Tannehill’s statement as rude and arrogant.
But others would point out that he is just telling the truth.
After all, it’s the coaches and trainers who must primarily mentor Willis.
However, it doesn’t mean that he couldn’t be nice to the rookie.
As the team’s leader, Tannehill has the obligation to make everyone feel welcome.