It’s surprising that Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill can even walk at all.
Tannehill has been sacked more than any other quarterback in the league in the past four years, 183 times in 63 games to be specific, so it’s expected that he’d have a few bumps and bruises. But according to the Miami Heralds’ Adam Beasley, Tannehill found blood in his urine last week in the days after absorbing three sacks against the San Diego Chargers.
So what does Tannehill do?
What he’s always done. He suits up. He plays. Every game. Every week.
Yeah, he’s tough.
And the game rewards tough guys with, well, more beatings it would seem. Tannehill was sacked another six times Sunday by the Indianapolis Colts, including one that resulted in a safety, plus was hit hard on another play. And that doesn’t count being on the receiving end of a leg whip by Colts defensive end Erik Walden that had Tannehill icing his thigh during the game and limping painfully afterwards.
“I’ve been fortunate not to have any major injuries,” said Tannehill. “I pride myself on being tough, and getting up when I can if at all possible. I think I’ve done that up to this start. I’ve also been fortunate not to have a major injury that you can’t tough out.”
The Dolphins will have their work cut out for them this offseason, not only possibly replacing their entire coaching staff, but finding ways (and bodies) to protect their franchise quarterback. Tannehill completed 26 of 38 passes for 329 yards and an interception Sunday, and added a 28-yard run on the final drive, putting the Dolphins in position to win at the end. An early snap on the game’s final play ruined that plan, leading to that sixth and final sack.
When asked if he’s concerned about the number of and kinds of hits he’s taken in his young career, Tannehill deflected in his usual manner.
“That's where we're at right now,” he said. “We'll have to find a way to protect and get the ball out."
But is he concerned?
"Well, I don't like it.”
Naturally, a lot of Twitter tough guys have come out making terrible jokes about Tannehill being on his period and mocking him for being soft. All I would say to those guys is simply this:
If you saw blood in your urine, can you honestly say you wouldn't be calling 911?
If I were Ryan Tannehill, I would be asking the coach to let Matt Moore or Logan Thomas play the final game against the New England Patriots...but I'm not Ryan Tannehill.
He'll be going back out there, fighting for a win with a line consisting mainly of backup caliber players and an offensive scheme that has been charted over and over again as flawed in its very concept. You can say whatever you want about his record, but if you question Tannehill's toughness, then you must seriously hate him for reasons beyond football.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball