For the second time this season Ryan Tannehill completed 14 passes in a row. When Tannehill is making no mistakes the Miami Dolphins will normally win. Yesterday Tannehill made very few, so few in fact that they need no mention. The Miami Dolphins improved to 3-3 on the season and while .500 won’t be acceptable at years end, it’s extremely acceptable in week seven. On Sunday, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill shined.
The Dolphins controlled the game from start to finish on both sides of the ball. The defense forced three turnovers and harassed Chicago Bear quarterback Jay Cutler all day. It was so bad that after the game wide-receiver Brandon Marshall could be heard outside the locker room screaming his disgust at his teammates. Though the Dolphins defense was stifling for most of the game the real star was Tannehill who looked and acted like a professional quarterback.
On the day Tannehill was 25 of 32 for 277 yards and two touchdowns throwing to eight different receivers. His passing stats were impressive and there were points that were once again left on the field but Miami played a complete game for the first time since Oakland and given the opposition is much more talented than the Raiders, the win is that much more impressive. In addition to his passing, Tannehill used his legs and carved the Chicago defense.Tannehill ran the ball six times for 48 yards and at one point led the team in rushing, in face he led both teams in rushing.
Tannehill simply commanded the offense on Sunday. His passes were crisp and on target and Bill Lazor finally seemed to find a way to utilize the quarterbacks ability to run the football. The difference between yesterday and previous weeks was that Tannehill didn’t have to think he only needed to read the defenses and make the throws and make the throws he did. For the first time in his career we saw a much faster delivery from Tannehill. Despite a few sacks that he could have avoided Tannehill was able to get rid of the ball with quickness he hasn’t displayed in the past.
Success was on Tannehill’s shoulders but there is no doubt that he prospered with a healthy Charles Clay running routes out of the tight end position finally looking more like he did last season. Whatever got into Tannehill it looked good. While he wasn’t abysmal a week earlier against Green Bay he didn’t wait until the second half to make things happen. It was a well offensively coached game that found Tannehill front and center as a leader.
Now he needs to continue that for another 10 weeks.