Monday, October 28, 2013
Ryan Tannehill's turnovers continue
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins are all-in with second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but he is on a turnover streak that would make any quarterback cringe.
Tannehill is not playing bad football. But his untimely turnovers are killing the Dolphins, who have lost four straight games.
Tannehill added three more turnovers Sunday in a 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He had two interceptions and a fumble following a sack that led to a touchdown and greatly changed the momentum of the game. Tannehill has 10 turnovers total during Miami’s four-game losing streak.
“Obviously we aren’t at an all-time high right now,” Tannehill said after the game. “But we’ve got to get back on track. That’s the only option we have.”
Tannehill is having trouble with both interceptions and fumbles. His two picks came on a pair of bad throws that killed drives. Tannehill’s third-quarter fumble also led to a short field and was part of New England’s run of 24 consecutive points in the second half.
He has been sacked a lot this year and ball security is also an issue. He didn’t see Patriots corner Logan Ryan coming from the blindside, and Ryan forced the turnover.
“That was just a good play by them,” Tannehill said. “I’m not going to get into whose fault that was. But they hit us at the right time and got the ball out.”
The book is out on Tannehill. More often teams are blitzing and looking to force turnovers. An important part of Tannehill’s growth will be improving on picks and ball security.
Miami will host another good defense when it plays the Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) Thursday on Halloween night. Tannehill must have a better performance for Miami to end its losing streak.