Ryan Tannehill doesn’t care what the media has to say about his team
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins are not a well thought of organization as it relates to the on-field play. Ryan Tannehill made it know that he doesn’t care.
Following today’s practice Ryan Tannehill was asked about the media’s continued talk of the Dolphins being a bad football team. Tannehill had something to say about it.
Tannehill has been the target of the media his entire career. He has been knocked for not being an emotional leader. Knocked for being an inconsistent deep ball passer and when he does well, they find something else to complain about. His knee injury in 2016 didn’t help.
In 2016 Tannehill was making big strides under then first year head coach Adam Gase. It was a perfect fit for Tannehill but the week 13 game against Arizona changed all of that when Tannehill tore his ACL. Opting for no surgery, Tannehill further damaged the knee in 2017’s training camp leading him to surgery and IR.
When the 2018 season began Tannehill wasn’t listed as a potential NFL Comeback Player of the Year possibility. Another slight on his career. Tannehill however isn’t letting the media’s negativity bother him.
Through two games this season Tannehill holds a 104.9 passer rating according to the stats kept by NFL.com. He has four touchdowns to two interceptions. He has lost one fumble and at times has failed to get his team into the end zone. He is much more proficient on first and second downs than third and long situations. But should he really be the target of negative attention?
Tannehill is 9-1 in his last ten starts dating back to 2016 but he will not earn the media’s attention in a positive light until he starts to consistently perform at a level that the media deems acceptable.
That of course is not a fair assessment given the Adam Gase offense and what he is expected to do by his head coach. Even local beat writer Omar Kelly took a stab at Tannehill for failing to be a part of a photo opportunity.
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After Albert Wilson scored his touchdown against the Jets he called over his teammates for an end zone celebratory picture. Tannehill was not seen in one angle of the photo and Kelly called him out saying he was near the stands. The problem is that Tannehill did appear in the picture off to the side a bit.
Regardless of whether Kelly was right or wrong in his assessment it is these kinds of observations that drive fans crazy. Could anyone see Tom Brady striking an end-zone pose with his team? Not likely.
Tannehill is quiet but he has taken steps to become more accessible to the Dolphins fan base. He has made a couple of Twitter videos that he posted through the team. On the field, he has earned the respect of his teammates and it shows in the teams overall performance.
There is a long season ahead and a lot of work that still needs to be done. Tannehill is still growing in the Adam Gase system having now only played in 15 games of Gase’s two seasons. It’s clear that Tannehill is keeping a positive mindset and doing the work that needs to be done not allowing the would-be distractions to get to him. Like Tannehill, most fans don’t care what the national media say about the team or Tannehill either. In fact, most want the negativity to continue. The Dolphins want to prove them all wrong.