Thursday, December 12, 2013
Ryan Tannehill becoming a dual threat?
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins (7-6) have won three of their past four games to get into the playoff hunt. A key reason has been the recent play of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill has become a dual threat of late. He made plays with both his arm and legs during back-to-back road wins against the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers. He has rushed for 78 yards on six carries the past two weeks.
Tannehill’s 13.0 yards per carry the past two games is adding an extra element to Miami’s offense.
“It has just kind of worked out that way,” Tannehill said of his increased rushing yards. “It’s not something that we went in and said, ‘Hey, we want you to run X amount of times per game.’ It’s just a feel for, OK, no one is open downfield, you feel a running lane, and you are able to get out and get some yards.”
Tannehill also is making plays through the air. He has posted back-to-back passer ratings of 94.2 and 95.5 and had a passer rating of 84.0 or higher in six straight games.
He appears to be coming into his own as a young quarterback, becoming more consistent during the second half of Year 2.
“I am still developing,” Tannehill said. “I don’t think that I am done by any stretch of the imagination.”
The Dolphins don’t have much margin for error in their chase for the final wild card in the AFC. Tannehill has to play well each week to position Miami for a chance to win these big games.