Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
During the game against the Oakland Raiders, Ryan Tannehill pushed himself into the Miami Dolphins record book when he completed 14 straight passes, which put him fourth in franchise history. The leaders are Chad Pennington in 2008 with 17 and Chad Henne with 17 in 2009. Dan Marino is next with 15 in 1992 and now there’s Tannehill with 14 on Sunday.
“It feels great. It’s not just me, but the offensive linemen gave me time,” said Tannehill. “The receivers were getting open and getting open quickly. That makes my job easy. When those guys are winning and creating space, and then yards after the catch as well, it really helps out.”
“I think we were just in a groove offensively. We were running the ball well. I don’t know how many explosive runs we had, but we had a lot during that time. We were just moving the ball. When you’re in a groove, any completion doesn’t necessarily throw it off, but it helps when you’re making positive plays down-in and down-out. Even if it’s a 3-yard pass or 3-yard run, as long as you’re moving the ball forward down the field, you keep that momentum and keep making plays.”
Tannehill also completed the ball to nine different players, which has been something lacking from the offense the first few weeks of the season. Philbin and Lazor both loved it and it seemed that Tannehill had it in his plan going into the game.
“It’s big for us. I think we have playmakers all over the field. So to be able to get the ball in their hands as much as we can, it makes the defense have to cover the entire field, makes them have to play a little slower because they’re not sure where we’re going with the ball, how we’re working our run game, whatever it may be. When you’re able to utilize the talent you have, it definitely slows down the defense.”