Discuss: Is it a QB's job to mentor his potential replacement?

Ryan Tannehill didn’t sugarcoat it on Tuesday. He does not plan to serve as a mentor to rookie Malik Willis. The quarterback’s comments rekindle memories of Brett Favre saying in 2005 that it wasn’t his job to mentor a young Aaron Rodgers. I have to think that — regardless of what a QB says at a podium — this is how all vets in Tannehill’s shoes feel. He’s no dummy. He sees that the Titans traded A.J. Brown when, in theory, they could’ve kept the wideout by restructuring Tannehill’s deal in a way that pushed his money down the line and locked him for multiple years.

Tennessee wisely doesn’t want to do that. Maybe Willis develops. Maybe not. But good on the Titans keeping their quarterback options open in 2023 and beyond. We’ve seen teams panic in this same situation by doubling down. Tannehill admitted in his presser that the Titans’ loss to Cincinnati sent him to a dark place and he sought therapy, but that loss forced the Titans to maintain some discipline at QB this offseason.

On to our question for you all…

How should a quarterback feel when a young gun dying to take his job is suddenly in his room?

Maybe the best way to think of this dynamic is if your boss brought in some hot shot out of college to potentially take your job. I’m guessing folks wouldn’t be going out of their way to be overly helpful. Then again, maybe that’s what leaders do. Eager to see what you think.