Watch the needle move every Tuesday of the 2013 season. Is Ryan Tannehill the next Cleo Lemon, Dan Marino or somewhere in between?
Last week, Ryan Tannehill showed enough to increase our franchise quarterback confidence to 51 percent. After leading the Dolphins past the visiting Falcons, Tannehill continues his rise through the Realm of Fiedler.
Result: Win. Dolphins 27, Falcons 23. Miami probably had no business winning a game in which they were missing their two best defensive lineman, but Tannehill showed precision and confidence on a final drive that would put the Dolphins ahead for good. He completed 9-for-12 passes on that drive despite two drops, slicing through the Falcons secondary with a combination of quick, short passes and a couple of beautiful touch-throws.
On the Season
2013 Stats (3 GMS): 66% CMP, 827 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT, 7.7 YPA, 15 SACKS, 94.3 QB RATING
Quarterback Rating: 94.2 (9th)
ESPN’s Total QBR Rating: 53.6 (14th)
Tannehill has cracked the top ten in passer rating and is hovering in the middle of the pack in ESPN’s advanced passing metric. He’s shown dramatic improvement thus far this season, but still has to show progress in his pocket awareness. He has to recognize his offensive line’s faults and get rid of the football accordingly. Allowing Tannehill to roll out more — an area where he has shown good accuracy — could ease some of the pain incurred inside the pocket.
Career Record as a Starter: 10-9
Franchise Quarterback Confidence: 56% (5% increase)
Holy crap, Tannehill has more wins than losses as a starter with his 10-9 record. The question is whether he can continue to win games while taking such abuse in the pocket. Also unfortuitous is the health of his defense. The unit’s best player in Cameron Wake is out for a few weeks with an MCL sprain. The pressure on the offense is mounting with matchups against the Saints and Falcons on deck.
Tannehill’s tests continue to grow in difficulty. He faces New Orleans on monday night, and will attempt to match Drew Brees and the surgical Saints’ offense. Their defense has been sharp as well through three games, allowing just 38 total points while opposing quarterbacks have competed just 55 percent of their passes.