You almost get envious after watching other QBs this weekend.
Aaron Rodgers faked out the 49ers, the announcers, and the cameraman with his fake handoffs. Colin Kaepernik sees no one open and immediately runs for a first down.
Phillip Rivers and Drew Brees did nothing spectacular, but they do it well and consistently and are proven winners. Andrew Luck and Alex Smith put up 89 points between them.
Compare that to what Ryan Tannehill does, and you see a HUGE difference.
One of the most overused cliches this year has been the coming of age of Ryan Tannehill. The maturing of Ryan Tannehill. How good he is getting, etc. Here at Dolphins Truth, we see some semblance of Tannehill getting better, but we see far more room for improvement. For example, the Tannehill fans point to the huge game-winning touchdown passes he had in a few games this year.
While it’s true that Tannehill had a number of 4th-quarter comebacks and TD passes this year, you have to look at the big picture. We give Tannehill his due, but we have to examine the full picture.
In the 2nd Patriots game, he underthrew Marcus Thigpen, who had to stop, wait, and adjust to save the day. Great play by Thigpen on a poor throw by Tannehill. Do you credit Ryan for maturing and leading a td drive? Or do you point out it was a mere 5-yard pass that he underthrew?
In the Pittsburgh game, Charles Clay broke two huge tackles on his way to the endzone after a very short, easy pass from Tannehill. Again, to whom do you give the credit? In our book, it’s 90% to Clay and the 5% to Tannehill and 5% to the O-line.
In the Atlanta game, Tannehill did indeed make a nice pass to Dion Sims for the win, and we will not take that away from him. But that was Tannehill’s last good game for about 2 months. By the time he got good again, the Dolphins were barely alive for the playoffs.
So it’s not really fair or objective to talk about Tannehill’s game-winning passes unless you carefully examine the factors involved. None of these game-winners were bullet passes through double-coverage with a swarm of blitzers in his face. Instead, they were all 5-yard passes that required heroics from the receivers.
In the Jets game, Tannehill missed a wide open Mike Wallace. He missed a wide open Brian Hartline early on a lob pass. He slid on a crucial third down when we needed one more inch. He threw it to the wrong team 3 different times, including twice to Dee Milliner. The worst part is that Tannehill had all day long to throw. FINALLY, our O-line gave him time, and he blew it each time.