Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA: Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) reacts after a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Tannehill Rises to Occasion

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Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you the most sacked quarterback in the NFL, Ryan Tannehill. And you know what? It doesn’t matter because the Miami Dolphins are figuring it out!

The Dolphins, winners of four of five and three in a row, had their biggest win of all on Sunday, when they beat the New England Patriots, 24-20 in front of a 75 percent-filled Sun Life Stadium. It was a team win, but Tannehill guided the way. He looked like a franchise quarterback and thankfully, he made me eat my words.

I said I doubted him, that I didn’t think he was improving fast enough, but I’m happy to say I’m wrong. Tannehill made all the right plays, and even during those fleeting moments when he took too long to get rid of the ball and took the sack, he still held onto it. That, in its self, is a testament to the improvement Tannehill has made this season.

There’s more, though. He beat the Patriots. The Dolphins have lost seven in a row to New England, until Sunday. It’s the defining win of his short career, but its enough for me to stand (and stay) fully on his bandwagon. He can do it. His 312 passing yards on 25-37 attempts and three touchdowns wasn’t even the best part. It was his 0 interceptions.

After the end of the third quarter and I called my brother and asked, “Is this what it looks like when you can trust your quarterback to throw the ball and take you down the field?”

I wasn’t sure what great quarterback play looked like because I hadn’t seen it in 13 years for the Dolphins. This time, though, I saw great play. The confidence he’s going to gain from a victory like this is invaluable.

Sure, there’s work to do, but Tannehill reminded us why we took him with the number eight pick and he reminded us that we shouldn’t judge a player so quickly. He’s won me over, now lets go get that playoff spot. Look out.

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