Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
If one were to say that Ryan Tannehill has lost confidence as a quarterback due to the fact that he was sacked 58 times in 2013, it wouldn’t be hard to understand. After all, we saw what happened to former number one overall pick David Carr when he was sacked 76 times in 2002, the most in NFL history. To compare, the 58 sacks last year puts Tannehill 10th in NFL history. If someone also said that Tannehill was losing confidence because his head coach put him out to dry in public, it wouldn’t be hard to understand either. In Joe Philbin’s eyes, he doesn’t believe that his current tactics are hurting Tannehill
“Well, every player is different. I think you have to really look at the individual player. While you want them to, we certainly want to run a discipline, structured program for everybody. I realize that 53 guys are different and some guys can take that type of approach in coaching better than others. Sometimes, you have to drive a guy and bring him up in your office one on one, communicate to him, show him the tape, ‘Look it’s not personal. We’re not attacking you or anything like that, but these things need to improve and get better.’ So I think it’s really a case by case basis. I talk to him all the time. So we had multiple conversations. Again, I communicate with him frequently. I don’t usually get into personal conversation that we have.”
Mike Wallace, who is quickly becoming one of Tannehill's favorite targets this season, believes that Tannehill hasn’t lost any confidence.
“I think he’s fine. Since I’ve been here, I’ve never seen Ryan good, bad, indifferent. I’ve never seen him after any game act any different. He’s the same since I’ve met him.”
There is no doubt in my mind that Tannehill will be starting under center on Sunday. We’ll see though how he responds and if he does poorly, how quickly Philbin pulls the hook.