When the Miami Dolphins drafted a young quarterback out of Texas A&M name Ryan Tannehill, many Dolphins fans were excited. This excitement wasn’t something new. Remember the excitement when the Dolphins drafted John Beck? Chad Henne? We thought (and hoped) that each quarterback since Dan Marino would be the next franchise quarterback for the Dolphins. Many have tried, but unfortunately, many have failed to become that quarterback.
After Ryan Tannehill’s rookie season there was still hope, but there was certainly some doubt. After all, he threw more INTs than TDs in his rookie campaign. He also failed to have a signature moment. He often struggled late in games when defenses knew the Dolphins would be passing the football. However, through 3 games of the 2013 season, we’ve seen Tannehill improve on many of his weaknesses. We’ve seen progress. What’s more, we’ve seen progress in spite of an offensive line that leaks like a sieve.
Our eyes tell us all that Tannehill looks different this season, but what about the numbers? Let’s take a look at how he’s improved from last season. Keep in mind that this season is only 3 games old, but the signs of improvement are very clear. Stats are courtesy of ESPN.com
4th quarter, Dolphins trail or lead by 7 points or less
In 2012, Tannehill had 2 TDs and 2 INTs and a QB rating of 73.3 in these situations. This season, he has 1 TD and 0 INTs, which means he’s taking care of the football. His passer rating this season in these situations? A stellar 105.1. We’ve seen Tannehill play better in the 4th quarter when the game is tight this season and we can only hope it continues. We saw it just a few days ago when he lead the Dolphins on the game winning touchdown drive to beat the Falcons.
Last 2 minutes of the half/game
In 2012, Tannehill had 1 TD and 4 INTs in these situations, with a QB rating of 38.3. This season, it’s been a completely different story. Tannehill has 1 TD and 0 INTs, with a QB rating of 110.7. That is a remarkable difference and shows that he’s getting more comfortable in the most important times in the game. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)